Get on Board with Sewing

This blog hop is to celebrate National Sewing Month. ?? National ?? the hosts are in the US and I live in Canada, so I’m declaring it International Sewing Month. Works for me!

My mother taught me to sew at a young age. By the time I was in Grade 8 and taking Home Ec, I was pretty bored with making an hair kerchief and an apron. My next project was a skirt with a zipper in it. The teacher put the zipper in to demonstrate the insertion. When I got the final marks for the project, she gave me 2/10 for zipper insertion. WHAT???? Unfortunately, I had NO assertiveness skills at that time and didn’t argue with her. When it was time to choose courses for Grade 9, I definitely knew that Home Ec was one course I wasn’t going to take! By the way, I had the same teacher for cooking and was not impressed with having to make peanut butter and jelly sandwiches for our first project! Can you blame me?

I made this V-neck top! It was a quick easy project! Even though I haven’t been sewing garments for a LONG time! It’s a nice cool top for the warm summer days!

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39 thoughts on “Get on Board with Sewing

    • Hi Nina-Marie! In the last century, there was a time when I made all my own clothes, so making this top was pretty easy! Although it does take me a bit longer because I’m usually in the “quilting” mind set! 🙂


  1. I love your blouse, you look so cute. In grade 8 I probably would have told the teacher off, I was mouthy that way. If she is alive now and found your blog she would likely take credit for all you have achieved. Great finish Gail.

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  2. Cute top! And completely unfair that you scored so low for zipper installation. I was advanced for the 7th grade sewing class since I had learned years earlier and the teacher kept telling me I was doing “fill in the blank” skill wrong. She needed to realize that her was not the ONLY way. lol.

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  4. Such a very nice top, Gail. It certainly looks cool and comfy. That is always great in the summer, especially with our soupy weather! LOL Thanks so much for joining us on the blog hop and sharing your sewing story and project! We made a skirt in 9th grade too in Home Ec. Fun times and memories sewing with my Granny!

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    • Well, I know I’d rather sew with my mother than my teacher! I would have LOVED to have sewn with my Grandma! Unfortunately, she lived on the other side of the country (or so it seemed!)


  5. Happy International Sewing month!!! Wow, what a story about your Home Ec teacher!?! Sounds like she had low standards and didn’t want to put much work into anything for herself. Who needs a lesson to make a PB&J?!? Sweet top you made for the blog hop!!! I’m glad you recovered from your school sewing experience and kept on sewing on your own!!!

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  6. Just look at you now…all that wonderful sewing you do…what would that teacher think! It’s too bad that people get turned off by one teacher. Love the blouse you made! Oh, and the Pb&J story is pretty funny too. I had to make all the sandwiches for the week as one of my chores -I have 4 younger brothers. We froze them so they could be just ready and fresh when we opened our lunches. I soon learned that making them badly meant they would want to make their own! I wasn’t usually that devious but it worked.

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  7. Gail I love that top! You look great in it by the way. 🙂 Gosh we might have had teachers from the same school of unfairness. Mine accused me of having my mother put the hem in a garment, because “it was too neat”. When my Mom found out what she said, she marched down to the school to set her straight. And my Mom was as nice as she could be, but that teacher apologized! Funny how those things stand out in our memories.

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  8. I like to make things for my children,, grandchildren and family members using my embroidery machine. I have made stuffed animals and made a complete set of Noah’s Ark animals for my first two grandchildren along with sheets, quilts, curtains, lampshades, crib bumper pads, crib ruffle along with many other things with the Noah’s Ark theme. I have made pillows, napkins, tablecloths, with horses and dogs embroidery for other family members.

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