Today I received a lovely, two-page, hand-written letter from a woman in Honolulu, Hawaii, who is age 90. She said that she still loves to sew and had recently purchased a copy of Stitch with Style 2013. She wanted to make the Easy Kimono Sleeve Dress by Charise Randell for herself. Her main concern was that she didn't have a computer, and she and her "sewing buddy" (who did have a computer) could not figure out how to download the pattern. We are making sure that she get the pattern into her hands asap, but I was struck by how she wrote several times about how much she loves to sew.
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It got me to wondering if I could ever imagine a time when I would stop sewing, as long as I, like our 90-year-old Stitch friend in Hawaii, am able. And I just can't picture stopping sewing while I can still thread a needle and push a foot pedal. Just the thought of stepping into my studio and getting to work makes me happy. I could never give that up!
Like many of you, I started sewing when I was very young, and as a beginning sewer, I was completely enchanted, head-over-heels with the craft. There have been many times in my life when I was too busy to sew, but I have always found my way back to sewing, and I rely on it always being there for me.
I am so pleased that this woman found the Easy Kimono Sleeve Dress to be appealing, as it's definitely a classic style that looks good on anyone. It's quick-to-make, and the perfect outfit for sultry Hawaiian days and nights. I love the idea that she plucked Stitch with Style from the newsstand and found a project she desired. To be able to see that inspiration to sew span the generations is phenomenal. But I am even more thrilled that she is sewing something to wear for herself, not someone else, and to have solid proof that the urge to sew and create never leaves us, not as long as we want it to stay and can make it happen.
Don't you agree?
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Can you see sewing for yourself into your 90s? I would love to know.