Sun Spotter wishes to donate 200 sewing patterns for clothing, crafts

DEAR SUN SPOTS: I have been a sewist most of my life and used to make most of my clothing. I am now retired and don’t have as much need to make clothing.

Because of this, I have accumulated many sewing patterns. They are mostly women’s clothing with some children’s patterns (mostly boys clothing), a few men’s patterns, and some Sesame Street stuffed toy patterns. There are all different types of clothing from casual to dressy — shorts, pants, dresses, skirts, blouses, suits, activewear, lingerie, etc. The ladies patterns are in the medium size range.

Even though some of these patterns date back to the 1970s, most of them are still appropriate for today. There are about 200 patterns in all.

Rather than simply recycling them, I would like to donate these to a group, organization or individual that could put them to good use. If you are interested, know someone that might be interested, or would like more information, please contact me at — Rose, Auburn

ANSWER: How amazing that you are willing to send your patterns out into the world. I congratulate you on being such an accomplished sewist.

My mother sewed most of our clothes too and made gorgeous outfits for herself, Barbie, other doll clothes, and sewed household items like lined drapes and furniture slipcovers. She went on to make clothing for her grandchildren as well. We were very fortunate and I have wonderful memories of it all. I still have the wedding gown she made for me in the 1970s!

Please let us know what happens to the patterns, and if for some reason no one responds, I’ll help you with some ideas of places to contact.

DEAR SUN SPOTS: In conjunction with Constitution Day, Sept. 17, the Lewiston-Auburn Optimist Club is making available to any interested students, teachers or schools, free pocket-size Constitutions that can be used in the classroom or for home studies. Quantities are limited and will be given on a first-come, first-served basis. To order, please contact any Optimist Club Member, or call 207-783-5269. — George, no town

ANSWER: This is great! Thanks for sharing these with people who can really use them.

In case you didn’t know, Constitution Day is an American federal observance that recognizes the adoption of the United States Constitution and those who have become U.S. citizens. It is normally observed on Sept. 17, the day in 1787 that delegates to the Constitutional Convention signed the document in Philadelphia.

To learn more about the Optimist Club, get in touch with George. I’m sure he’d be glad to fill you in!

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Does “in addition” mean that I need a subscription to the Sun Journal to comment on an article? — Marilyn, no town

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