Posted 6 years ago
I am the only one of Abuela Leo's descendants that sews, and have always admired what you are looking at.
It is my great-grandmother's sewing exersizes, from when she was a child.
Each picture has 4 ringbinder plastic -uh- binders...lol
I have more that I couldn't include in our 4 pics.
THE FIRST PIC shows different pieces of under clothing,
THE SECOND a bit of monogram embroidery (her name was Pilar) and different ornamental stitches. The square card in the middle is a piece of a business card that has been "mended".
THE THIRD has a bit of mending examples. If you look closely at the blue striped piece, under the flower embroidery, you will see a diagonal and a vertical cut. She added pieces to complete the square, in such a way you can hardly tell it's been mended. The gingham square has the whole center added to it.
THE FOURTH PIC has underarm reinforcement patches, eyelets and another mending exersize.
This is from a time when everything was mended, reused, recycled and custom sewn. I don't know the exact date, but she must have been between 8 and 10 when she did this, and I have her wedding band, with the year 1911 engraved inside. So this is turn-of-the-century Cuba, Santiago de Cuba, to be exact.
I look at this often, trying to imagine the little girl learning to sew. I hope you enjoy this as much as I do.