The “Sewing with Grandma” Dress

Name & Location: Jenn Torres; Stockton, Calif.

Blog: Mi Mamá Me Mima (It’s not a sewing blog, though)

How long have you been sewing: I learned to sew as a teen, but only in the past year or two have I approached it with any patience, discipline or consistency.

Why did you want to commit to The Sew Weekly Challenge: I really admire the community that’s been created at The Sew Weekly, and the connections – across cultures, across generations – that sewing makes possible. That shift in my picture is from a 1968 pattern I borrowed from my grandma over the summer. Because she was my grandma, I guess, I took for granted that she sewed out of necessity. But when I looked at the pattern envelope, I saw that she had purchased it at J.C. Penney. Of course she didn’t have to make her dresses; She probably sewed for some of the same reasons I do. A little quick math further revealed that she was right around my age when she made up her version of the dress – how amazing to share that experience more than 40 years later.

What do you love most about sewing garments: The potential in each piece at the very beginning. And I love being part of a tradition that so many women for so long have used as a vehicle for self-expression.

What do you hate most about sewing garments: Facings.

What do you want to accomplish this year with regard to the challenge: I want to start building a more cohesive wardrobe that reflects my style and my everyday life. I want to finally master some of the fundamentals I tended to breeze through when I was first learning to sew. It’s a stretch, but it’d also be nice to make good on a years-old promise to sew a pair of trousers for my husband.

Your biggest non-sewing goal of 2012: Until recently, I wrote for a living. Although it’s no longer my day job, it’s still important to me, and I want to keep doing it.

What are your favorite sewing/fashion blogs: This is one of my daily reads. So are: Say Yes to Hoboken, Elegant Musings, Grosgrain, Tilly and the Buttons.



Jennifer T.

Jenn Torres lives right in the middle of California. Sewing is one of the things she's trying to get better at.


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  1. I liked the story about your grandma, and your reasons for sewing.

  2. Thanks so much! I’m excited to commit more time to it.