Saturday, March 16, 2013
Readers, I know that you, at any rate, will understand this: I have less time for sewing and crafting than ever, so of course I am absolutely brimming with ideas and inspiration. My latest obsession? Smocking. I want to learn how! So I bought this pattern for a simple bishop dress off of Etsy. Isn't it pretty?
Looking through "vintage" (crap, am I vintage now?) children's patterns from the 1970s and early 1980s ... it is such a "happy place" for me. Remembering the dresses my mother and grandmother sewed for me when I was a little girl, and the styles I coveted at the time. (Holly Hobby! Gunne Sax! Laura Ashley! I was really into ruffles and frills as a girl.) Warm, happy feelings. It's all I can do not to buy heaps of patterns!
So I've been spending my lunch hours at work reading smocking tutorials on the internet, surfing Etsy for vintage smocked dress patterns, and day-dreaming visions of pretty peasant dresses for Miss Maggie.
Do you use crafts as an escape from the pressures of "real life"? I know I do.