My mother was a great seamstress who made most of my clothes. I remember the year I was in the third grade and she made me four dresses. The one that I liked the best was gingham in the large checks with a white pique bib panel in the front which she embroidered with a row of lifesaver shapes in various bright colors down each side. I learned to sew from her and in school, and have been making my own clothes all of my adult life. I have taken classes in tailoring, but the truth is that I don’t like doing it, so I don’t. I usually make about 30 to 50 garments a year, and the items I enjoy sewing the most are shirts and blouses. I also enjoy making purses and totes.
For years I sewed dolls to sell at a Christmas boutique, but after about 15 years of that I burned out and haven’t made one since.