Today was a great day. It started out with a lady stopping by with a car full of vintage clothing. Beautiful pieces – not in the best condition, but beautiful anyway. The workman-ship was amazing. The darts, the pleating and tucking, the stitching (mostly by hand), the seam finishes all of it done with a precise and careful hand.
All of the pieces were from before 1930 and some were from the mid to late 1800s, one was from the late 1700s. Brenda, Eddi and I just stood there looking at and marveling over these garments. Oh yes, there was also this beautiful tatted jacket. The thread was as fine as a spider’s web. It was so beautiful and delicate. What a treat we had.
In the afternoon another customer stopped by to show us here English paper pieced hexagon quilt she was working on. She was using fabric from the 1960s that someone had given her. It will be interesting for people 50 years from now trying to date that quilt!
There was a new student (Barbara) at Open Sew. She had a new machine that she needed to know how to use and then wanted to know how to hem a pair of pants on it. We accomplished both! Today was a great day!
~ Laurel Wilber