Let's celebrate National Sewing Month! I know I'm preaching to the choir here, but it's fun to reflect on the history of sewing, here in the US and beyond. From the Gilded Ages to the Industrial Revolution and to today, sewing has oscillated from frivolity to necessity and back again. During the 18th century "more is more" school of thought through the "make do and mend" efforts from the second World War, the art, or necessity, of sewing has been at the forefront of culture. If I had my science-y thinking cap on, I'd call it the litmus test for society in general, but with present company in mind let's call it the measuring tape! Yes, I think we can determine a lot about any point in history by the simple fact of whether they sew for need or for pleasure.
Insofar as where we stand today I'd say it's a little muddled, but in a good way. Many of us sew not because we can't afford to buy something new at the store, but because we have the "make do and mend attitude" that we can do it ourselves.
The observance of National Sewing Month began in 1982 with a proclamation from President Reagan declaring September National Sewing Month “in recognition of the importance of home sewing to our nation.” Whether you're a fan of Ronnie or not, celebrating the art and the skill of the sewer during an age of excess deserves a (chalk)check in any book!
We have "sew" many fabrics in our shop to help you celebrate this age-old pastime. You'll find a fun assortment on our Home Page Gallery and Pinterest Page, and far more in sewing themed fabrics in our shop!
I'll offer this up as proof athat "all you need is love" and a quilt to keep you warm. Thank you Mr. Paul McCarntney for marrying two of my most favorite things - fabric and The Beatles!
And let's just call this next one of John Lennon the icing on the proverbial layer cake! What could he have been sewing I wonder - perhaps it was a "Hard Days Night" and he was mending an "Old Brown Shoe"?
(for fabrics and imagery sources head over to our Pinterest Page!)
Hope you're feeling inspired to celebrate! Happy National Sewing Month my fellow fabric enthusiasts!