My friend of 30 years, Tina Wilting, and I have a dream – to recouture beloved garments that languish in closets because they have lost their charm but not their sentiment.
To build our skills, we meet monthly for a sewing bee to recouture our own wardrobes.
Our first bee was in the spring of 2014. The previous spring, Trevor gave me a dressmaker’s form for my birthday that I dubbed Dolly, and she was there to watch our first power-sew. It was dolly who really fired up my creativity and allowed me to envision what might be.
Soon, Tina also got a dolly; we were set.
For our first sewing bee of 2015, we invited our friend Jeannie, also our friend of 30 years, to join us.
Jeannie and I had sewed Christmas dressing gowns together in 2013, and her reacquaintance with her sewing machine began then. One year later, her skills had sharpened and she accomplished her first ReCoutures.