The Story of this Sewing Blog
Hi, I’m Amanda – sewing away in the great city of New York! I first started taking sewing lessons in September 2009 at Sew L.A. in Los Angeles and it’s been a fascination ever since. I love timeless designs; I’m a particular fan of the 1950s/early 1960s silhouette. This blog attempts to share my progress and lessons learned along the way. I also like to feature my creations at my favorite New York spots when I can. 🙂
I try to sew from my stash of patterns and fabrics as much as possible, but living in such close proximity to the Garment District can be oh so enticing. Sometimes life can be so fast-paced that I enjoy the slow process of creating garments from scratch. I’ve learned that quick sewing is just not my thing and it often leads to mistakes!
I Was Meant to Sew, You Know
Though I didn’t know this until after learning how to sew, I’m proud to say that I come from a long line of sewing New Yorkers! According to the 1910 census, my great-great grandfather was a tailor of cloaks and suits on Manhattan’s Lower East Side at the turn of the last century. His sons also worked in clothing factories. My grandfather operated a c.1935 industrial Singer sewing machine in Chelsea for decades in my family’s custom window shade business (a beautiful machine I now have in my possession thanks to my uncle and the great care he and others put into maintaining it).
On the other side of my family, my grandmother was a professional seamstress in the Garment District for many years. Like many ladies of her day, she also made clothes for her family because it was cheaper than buying in the stores. These days, however, she can be found expertly shopping the sales at J.C. Penney’s. 😉
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