As the graduation date from Millington Central High School approached, I found myself engrossed in sewing. Actually, I really disliked sewing, but I did it because it was required. I did enjoy the outfits I made after they were completed. It was getting them completed that was always a problem for me. I disliked sewing so much that I would use whatever short cut I could think of when making something, including pinning my unfinished article of clothing together.
My Home Economics teacher had told me she wasn't going to allow me to graduate unless I completed the hand made baby dress that I thought was a stupid project. Everything about the dress had to be hand made, we weren't allowed to use a sewing machine. It had to be smocked and the edges had to be scalloped. All by hand. I was also making my graduation dress at the same time. My dress was an organdy white dress with small blue flowers on the fabric. It was sleeveless with a scoop neck and full skirt. It had a blue cummerbund which I sewed with a matching blue fabric.
In order to graduate, I had to rush the baby dress and make sure I handed it in before the actual graduation day. I finally completed it the day before graduation. The baby dress was far from perfect, but it allowed me to graduate with my class. And besides, I planned on buying all of my baby clothes from a department store.
The graduation dress was looking good, but I didn't have time to sew the snaps onto the cummerbund. So I was creative and pinned the cummerbund. I also had to pin a few seams. I used safety pins and pinned myself together. My Mother was appalled, scolding me for a half-ass job. I didn't care, I thought I looked good and I didn't think anyone would be the wiser about me pinning myself together.