"Sue, to be a seamstress you must learn to use and read pattern instructions."
Those words from my Mother and Homemaking Teacher
usually had me putting the pattern and instruction guide back in the pattern envelope. I was a 'Visual Learner'.
Show me once and I've got it. Give me a 'Step by Step' picture guide, and I can do it. I think it all goes back to doing Math Word Problems which I talked about in Letter I-Iowa Test~Not My IQ. In a nutshell my brain interpreted written instructions and math word problems like this: If you have 10 ice cubes and you have 11 apples, how many pancakes will fit on a roof?
Sewing was my favorite part of Home Economics, and often the teacher, an excellent cook and so so sewist, would have me demonstrate how to put in a zipper, or my short cut technique of putting in sleeves... with an emphasis on 'this is not the way the pattern instructions show how to do it'.
At home...I completely took over Mother's sewing machine and sewed dresses, skirts, blouses and pajamas for my two younger sisters and myself. I did not have a problem with being one of those girls who admitted to "making all my own clothes".
My Coach said, "Sue, being able to read and draw basketball plays along with knowing how to shoot a right and left hook shot will make you a better basketball coach." He forgot to mention the after school days and hours, pay and parents.
My Mother said, "Sue, you can't play basketball forever, but you can sew for the rest of your life."
Thanks Mrs. B and Mrs. P...I can not imagine my life without Sewing and Needlework. Not only did I learn to read Patterns, but became a Quilt Pattern Designer. To you I owe my lifetime interest in the Textile Industry...which led to a second career after Coaching...Sue's Quilt Shop, Sewing Machine Dealership and Machine Quilting Services.
Thank-you Mother...for everything!