Friday, October 1, 2010

Mama Tex's Sewing Basket!

I was in the attic today and noticed Mama Tex's old sewing basket.   Mama Tex died in 1989 at the age of 98.  She gave me the sewing basket long before then.  I noticed it had a label inside that said HARVEY so I immediately googled Harvey sewing basket and guess what came up!?  There are several out there for sale.  There's one on Etsy, almost identical for $45 and a couple of others on other websites for lesser amounts, that are not in such good condition!   Google it "Harvey vintage sewing basket."

I immediately opened the basket to find a bunch of my old sewing stuff from the 80s.   I decided with my renewed interest in sewing I would clean it up -and use it!  So I washed it in the sink with soap and water ( it was truly filthy) and will let it dry over night before I load it up.  

I was so excited to pull out each item in the basket.  First came a piece of black fabric - actually usuable for my sewing projects.  Among other things I found several dusty spools of thread that looked as old as the basket, tracing paper and tracing wheel, some embroidery thread, an embroidery hoop and a Coats and Clark 1979 booklet priced at 60 cents titled "One Hundred Embroidery Stitches".  And - last but not least a 1986 halloween costume pattern!   I believe Alex's costume that year included the black cape and vest.  Alex, do you remember that cape?  You wore it every halloween for a number of years, I'm pretty sure I have a picture of you wearing it somewhere.  Bet the black fabric was left over from making his outfit!