... two copies of Topkids Magazine sent by my blogging friend, Christie, from Joyfoolery. The magazine on the left is from the late 90s and I'm guessing the right hand one is from the early 80s. I used Topkids during the 80s, to sew clothes for my children.
Unfortunately, I gave my old Topkids magazines away several years ago, along with ALL of my sewing patterns, knitting patterns, crochet patterns, knitting needles, crocheting hooks, fabric and wool. I had quite a stash which I gave away to Opportunity Shops.
Growing up, my mother made all of our clothes and her sister, a dressmaker, made us a special outfit every birthday and Christmas. Here's me as a child. I can still remember some of those outfits and how special I felt wearing them: the blue shorts with the striped top and the green tartan skirt and jacket.
We were well dressed, but in my teens, all I wanted was store bought clothes. I can remember shopping for my high school uniform, Mum with her tape measure in hand. She would take measurements of the uniform in the shop and then go home and whip one up. Somehow, I felt my uniform was different, although, when I look at photos, I can't for the life of me see how it was different, except that it didn't have a label in the back. It's hard to see the detail, but the blouse in the photo below on the left, has rows of pin tucks. It's beautifully sewn.
In my late teens and until I began work in my twenties, I took over the sewing of my clothes. Except for jeans, I sewed everything I owned. In the main I enjoyed it. Here's my wedding dress that I sewed. My aunty, the dressmaker, made my bridesmaids' dresses and offered to do mine, but I wanted to make my wedding dress myself. This is the best photo that shows any detail. It's hard to see, but the sheer fabric had blue and pink flowers on it.
When I began work, I started to buy store bought clothes. In fact, most of my clothes were store bought at that time. I could afford store bought and so I spent my money on them, as it was something I'd always wanted. Years later, when I became pregnant, I refused to pay the exorbitant amounts that the stores were asking for maternity clothes and out came my machine again. Mainly out of necessity, I continued to sew until our children were almost teenagers and I also sewed a lot for school fetes. When the kids were little, almost all their clothes were handmade.
As time went on, the kids in turn wanted store bought clothes and we were able to afford them. I became very busy with full time work, bringing up children and other interests took over. I no longer had to sew. Sewing became a thing of the past. My machine only came out for alterations and my sewing and knitting supplies were carefully packed away.
Over the years, I had accumulated a LOT of patterns, fabric and wool. In recent years, I decided that my stash would have to go, as I needed the room to store other things. My sewing days were over, so there was no point keeping things I would never use again. And so, I donated EVERYTHING from my stash, to an Opportunity shop.
Last year, in retirement, I started sewing again. This time round, there is no pressure to sew. I sew what I want, when I want and I am LOVING it. I do, however, regret giving all my patterns and fabric away, but that's life and others will have benefited from my old stash. Even though I am building up my stash of patterns again, I can sometimes be heard to say, I wish I hadn't given away......
I was so excited to receive the Topkids magazines from Christie!!! Flipping through the magazines, brought back happy memories of clothes I had made for my children in the 80s. Have a look at these fabulous outfits...
I am really looking forward to sewing up some of these outfits!!! Thanks so much, Christie!!! They will be well used.
I know Easter is still several weeks away, but if you want to make an Easter basket for your children, head on over to Christie's blog for her free tutorial on making an awesome Easter Bunny Ears Basket. It even has ears that are bendable. I love it!!!
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