Hello, fellow seamstresses and other interested readers, and welcome to L2’s Broken Threads and Poppable Seams! My mom and partner-in-crime, Debra, and I are very excited to be starting our new blog!

Actually, this blog was my mom’s idea, who you will be hearing from in our next post. We follow a few blogs about sewing and, since we both sew, Mom thought it would be cute for us to pool our resources and indulge our passion for sewing.

It took me 21 years to learn how to sew. Granted, I’ve only been alive for 21 years, but I’ve been watching my mother sew for all my life. My earliest memories are of going to what was formerly Minnesota Fabrics (now Hancock Fabrics), sitting in a shopping chart, and sticking my hand out to touch all of the fabric as my mom pushed our cart past the displays. Of course, Mom told me not to do it.

I decided to try my hand at sewing a couple times when I was little. I wasn’t able to use the machine, but I started out combing through my mom’s button collection and sewing buttons on random pieces of fabric. When I got older, I’d make a couple purses here and there with my mother’s help. I got to a point where I thought sewing was too hard and I took up embroidery, cross-stitch, crocheting and finally knitting (in that order).

When I graduated from high school, I decided to make a couple of aprons for a friend of mine as a birthday/graduation present. Then I asked myself, “If I can make aprons, why shouldn’t I be able to make clothes for myself?”

Since then, I’ve taught myself to alter patterns to fit me, tried my hand at installing invisible zippers (I love them!), and developed a passion (or obsession, depending on how you look at it) for vintage and vintage reprint patterns.      

On my way to work in this picture. I made this last summer using Simplicity 3068, a vintage pattern circa 1957, and black cotton sateen. One of my favorites!
You’re going to see quite a few vintage and non-vintage projects in various stages of completion as we move forward with this blog. My mother and I will also post pattern reviews, have pattern giveaways, and, each week, focus on the fashions of a particular movie, TV show, or celebrity and show you how to create the outfit yourself!

That’s all for now. Stay tuned for Mom’s post and pictures of some of our past projects (I apologize for not having any now. Our old camera broke and we’re waiting for our new one). They will be coming to a computer screen near you very soon!


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