Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Leola's Insights

Today's spotlight is on Leola. Through an interview, she shares a bit of insight into her world of sewing. I hope you enjoy...

Who taught you to sew? 
My grandmothers, Maude Ramsey and Elsie Taber encouraged me to start, but I don’t remember how old I was. I wanted to be like them and do what they did. I did take homemaking in the 9th grade which was when I first made a skirt for myself to wear. Decided as a junior in high school to major in Home Economics and teach. 
Why did you start sewing? 
So I could make my doll’s clothes and quilt tops for their bed. 
What inspires you? 
Beautiful fabrics just jump into my arms. Then something has to be done with them. Never tire of looking at fabrics. Must be an addiction for me, but then, there are worse addictions. 
What do you love most about sewing? 
I’m not sure. 
What are your favorite things to make? 
Made most of my own clothes for years until middle age distorted my body. 
What is your favorite sewing tip or trick? 
Not sure if it’s a trick, but I press everything and try to have everything and seam. Try to have everything I’ll need for that project ready before beginning. Even cut out and attach interfacings and make all markings before joining pieces. 
What is your favorite project you have created? 
A suit made from the mattress ticking off the mattress of my grandparents, Frank L. and Maude Ramsey’s, bed. Due to stains on it and age, it was going to be thrown away. Looked at it and thought it was pretty. Got some scissors and began cutting around the edges of both top and bottom. I then had 2 large flat pieces of fabric. 
I took them to D. D. French Cleaners in Dallas and told Mr. French I didn’t know if they could be cleaned or not. 
Amazed at what I’d brought in, he inspected them and said they would. And they did. 
Loved wearing it as it was quite a conversation piece.

What are you currently working on? 
I’m slowly making a black and white print shirtwaist dress. I never had time to do crafts or other types of needle work. Now regret that I didn’t continue crochet, but just didn’t have the time or time to learn to knit.

Thank you, Leola, for your insights! I hope everyone leaves Leola a comment!


  1. Hi Leola....This is Diane (Clark) Moore. Not for sure if you remember who I am, but either way I enjoyed reading your thoughts/advice. I hope this finds you well and enjoying life. I am curious, do you still have the garment you made from your grandparents mattress? What a unique and loving expression for the memory of your grandparents. Blessings, Diane

  2. Hi Diane,

    Yes, I remember you.
    I do have the suit and wish I could still wear it.
    Alas, middle age isn't kind to us!


  3. Hi Ms. Ramsey. . . this is very interesting. I so enjoyed your homemaking class at Adamson.


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