I was invited recently to visit a sewing group in Casabasciana. My friend Erica belongs to the group. Members meet roughly once a week to sew together. Luciana leads the group. She has had many years experience as a professional seamstress with tailors who worked for high end brands and later with a dance company making exquisite costumes. How wonderful that she loves to share her knowledge and experience!
Luciana is the one in the pretty floral dress. The group is fluid, people come and go.
I was fascinated to see an old Pfaff sewing machine. I thought it must be about the same vintage as my beloved Bernina that I have been sewing on for almost 60 years.
I was proved to be correct when the original docket was produced from the purchase…1962.
Each person works on their own items on various machines and help each other with their work. I think this is an excellent idea, those with experience can help people learning to sew and it is nice to work in a friendly group. What a lovely way to spend an afternoon in the company of others doing something you enjoy.
Luciana has an interesting way of cutting out a garment. The paper pattern is secured in place with an old iron and chalk is used to outline the pattern, then the garment is cut.
She showed me some of the costumes she has made over the years. She has quite a collection.
The group has a few pretty skirts to sell to a dance or school group who might need some costumes. If anyone is interested they can call Luciana on 348 3627426
Thank you for inviting me to see the sewing group. Perhaps it will inspire others to form a group of their own.
Not everyone will have an amazing view from their sewing room like this one in Casabasciana.
An excellent initiative!
It is a great idea!
I belong to two sewing groups and really enjoy seeing the creative work everyone else does. And it is lovely to chat and have a coffee anyway, even it you don’t get a chance to do too much sewing.
Yes, perhaps sewing is just an added extra.
What a terrific way to spend an afternoon! I always find it enjoyable to see what others are stitching up, and I often learn something or get inspired. Well done ladies.
I agree! Nothing like an afternoon of sewing and chatting with friends.
Your ‘exile’ is proving very productive. It has been wonderful viewing all you stories of beloved towns as we stay in Melbourne away from our village of Granaiola.
I must admit that being stuck in Italy is not a bad thing! I won’t be going home until mid next year and when it is not so hot I will be getting out and about a bit more.