A couple of Saturdays ago, I volunteered at a free tent for Crafty Feast, a super-fun craft fair that happens about twice a year here in Columbia, SC. 🙂
A few other sewers and I put together a tent with donated fabric scraps, damaged garments, and a bunch of aprons for people to rummage through and either sit and sew with us, or take a project home.
Our tent was inspired by the film The Florestine Collection, which was showing that night at the Town Theatre as a part of the Indie Grits Film Festival.
Experimental Animator Helen Hill found more than 100 handmade dresses in a trash pile on one Mardi Gras Day in New Orleans. She set out to make a film about the dressmaker, an African-American seamstress who had recently passed away. The dresses and much of the film footage were later flood-damaged by Hurricane Katrina while Helen was still working on the film. Helen was murdered in a home invasion in New Orleans in 2007. Her husband Paul Gailiunas has completed the film, which includes Helen’s original silhouette, cut-out, and puppet animation, as well as flood-damaged and restored home movies. ~IndieGrits.com
Hand stitching is something I’m accustomed to hating. It takes forever, whereas my machine can magically make swift work of whatever alterations I need. I’m clumsy-fingered and impatient. I didn’t think I’d enjoy sewing by hand all day. Then, I found this dress, sad and torn.
I spent the afternoon chatting with my fellow seamstresses and seamsters (is that what you call a guy who sews?), and ended up with this clumsily altered sun dress.
This isn’t my usual style, but I was really proud of this silly little dress, and my embellishments.
My favorite part was this cute little lamb pocket. 🙂
I had such a fun day at Crafty Feast! 🙂
Sadly, that evening, I fell and broke my elbow. 🙁 It hurt…badly. I haven’t been able to type or sew or do much of anything. Happily, my soft cast is now off, and I have a metal plate in my arm holding my bones together, so I can move my arm again. I don’t have my full range of motion back, but I can sew and type, so I’m back! 🙂