Meet Martha!


By Judith on July 24, 2012
0 Comments (Leave comment)

For a while now I’ve been desiring a tailor’s dummy!  Trying to alter my clothes while they are still on me is tricky (and painful when I get stuck with pins!).

Also, I’m asked more and more for dressmaking classes (which I will be providing with a friend in the Autumn) so I thought it was time I started brushing up my skills.

Well, a dear family member in England just happened to have one in her loft and gifted it to me!

This is ‘Martha’!

Now Martha has a wee problem in that she is slightly legless!  No not in the drinking sense!!  She has 2 of her required 3 legs, so I will need to make her an orthopeadic wooden leg to help her stand up!  Bless!

I’m not sure which sounds better, ‘Legless Martha’ or ‘Peg Leg Martha’!

And this wasn’t the only treasure my relative had squirreled away!  Just look at this little lot!

A tin of vintage lace & trims!

Hand dyed curtains and fabric (great for handbags!)



Retro print cotton – I would so love to make a skirt or dress out of this!

Grey corduroy and lemon linen – yum!

A sample of what I managed to bring home!

13 Patterns!!!  How cool is that!

I have been wonderfully blessed by this legacy of dressmaking and sewing, and I am delighted and privileged to be able to receive these and hopefully turn them into loveable items once more.

Thank you ‘G’ for your kindness and generosity!