I learned to sew at the age of eight. We went on a three week vacation to Connecticut to visit family. Along the way we traveled to different sites. I remember Niagara Falls and Sault Ste. Marie as well as my aunt, uncle, and cousins but that's about it.
We traveled in a green station wagon. Mom, Dad, me, my sister, Cheryl, and brother Dave. She was 10 and he was 3. Car toppers hadn't been created for sale yet so my dad built one. It held our luggage, ice chest and camp stove. We would stop along the road at picnic areas (No rest stops back then.) then and Mom would make breakfast and do what cooking needed preparation for lunch. We usually ate in a restaurant or diner for supper.
This was placed in the back-back. We girls had our pillows, some toys, and we could sit or lie down as we chose. Mom did one last thing before we left on vacation. She purchased two dolls. The image isn't the doll I had but something similar.
Mom also purchased lavender gingham check fabric and a pattern. She supplies us with a box of notions, bits of lace and ribbon.
On that trip in the back-back two girls kept themselves busy making clothes for their dolls. I remember this as my first time sewing. I've been sewing and doing other needlework since. I've gone on to become an award winning quilter and wearable art creator.
I began writing patterns years ago. They never got out of the computer. I'm going to get them ready and offer them on craftsy.com. The first is a free, very simple bottle hootie. Here it is. If you have any problems contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Sophie Dawson is my pen name. The real me is the wife of a farmer in western Illinois.
I have two grown sons, one of which is married to a wonderful young woman. They gave us the most wonderful granddaughter ever in November of 2010. I'm not the least bit prejudice. :)