The Lost Art of Embroidery and Smocking
December 24, 1951
Store Bought Clothes
My mother was a skilled seamstress and made the most beautiful clothes. The other kid's moms made their clothes too but mine had smocking and embroidery. My clothes were all monogrammed. They had matching everything, down to the purse and hat. She did this all by hand. She started making my clothes when money was tight.
Kids today have no concept of hand crafted clothing since sewing is not taught as an art. Kids take for granted that they can just walk into any store and buy clothes that are embroidered or have matching pieces. I don't take it for granted and am teaching my grandson that there is value in hand crafted clothing and home items. He just made his first pillowcase.
When I was 8, I decided that I wanted store bought clothes like some of my friends. I actually cried because I wasn't like the other kids. In hind-site, it was a major mistake. My mother allowed me to buy store bought clothes because they could afford them but continued to create beautiful clothing for me because she wanted to,
Smocking instructions and great pictures
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There is a how to here but even better are wonderful examples of real art.