I’ve made many gifts for my loved ones over the years. Here are some garments I sewed for my Mom. All of these garments date back at least 20 years!
This pieced bargello jacket was made from Cherrywood hand-dyes. I don’t know where I found them, as I wasn’t quilting back then, and the company had to be pretty young. In any case, I loved the gradated colors and the sueded texture. I still do! I don’t think there was a specific pattern, I think I just adapted a simple cardigan pattern.
The print used for the accent and the lining was a piece chosen because the colors were right for the hand-dyed fabrics.
This vest was one of the very first things I made with machine embroidery. Since I got my first embroidery machine in 1994 – a Viking #1 – this vest is 21 years old! The base fabric is a batik (which I have since learned is not the easiest on which to prevent puckers!)
For one side of the front, I stitched cross-hatched double-needle pintucks with different thread colors, then stitched on little ocean charms after the vest was finished. Sorry about the blurry photo.
I embroidered the colorful fish on the other side and added little glass seed bead “bubbles.”
Mom was wearing this shirt when I visited at Christmas. It is probably 30 years old. She’ll not be happy that I posted this picture of her! 🙂 She asked if I remembered the shirt; surprisingly, I did not. I remember in detail almost everything I’ve ever made, but not this.
It’s made from a soft brushed cotton twill, like a fine cotton flannel. I wish I knew what pattern I used, it had interesting side seams.
Here are the sleeve plackets.
I wonder how many stitches I’ve stitched in my life???