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Thank you for being an integral part of the magic that helps keep Mother Earth strong.
Thank you for being YOU.

At the ripe old age of eleven I chose never to have children.  I have never once regretted that decision.

Happy Mother's Day from whomever you take care of

In many ways though, I still consider myself a mother because I was born female and because I have a little orange kitty named Sophie who is feline rescue number 26.

For those of us lucky enough to be born female, it is in our DNA to nurture and care.

If not for our own children, then for other people or animals on the planet.  Or even for the planet itself, our planet, Mother Earth.  We are all mothers.

So again, I say HAPPY MOTHER’S DAY!  to all the women, and to the men who play both parental roles for their children.


This Mother’s Day weekend was extra special.  Mom and I just happened to be near to each other.  Usually we are several U.S. states away, but this time we were both in Colorado.  Therefore, We spent our first Mother’s Day together in at least two decades.

Here we are trying to decide how to hug during this crazy Covid-19 paranoia.

Don’t get me wrong. Mom and I do lots of fun things together throughout the year.

As part of our mother-daughter adventures, we do all sorts of atypical things and keep the crowds roaring with laughter as we go.  Well, okay.  Maybe we just entertain ourselves 😉

Twice we volunteered to pick up trash on Lake Powell, Arizona. (Though Mom has been several other times.)

Happy Mother's Day to my adventurous, sewing mom. Teresa Sigmon, founder of Sew Like A Pro™ online sewing school


Volunteering with Trash Trackers is one of my favorite working vacations.  Doing good for Mother Earth, making new friends and getting a free week on a houseboat in this beautiful part of the world.  Hooray for Trash Trackers and the National Park Service!  I had hoped to go again this summer, but I guess not with the Covid-19 craziness.

Mom and I pulled invasive Sahara mustard weeds in Glen Canyon, Arizona (which is just as beautiful as Lake Powell since they are global neighbors.)

We traveled to Europe together in 2000 and Costa Rica in 2012.

Sometimes we do only a three-day trip, sometimes our trips are a week or two.  We rarely get on each other’s nerves.  It’s quite fantastic.

Happy Mother's Day to my awesome sewing mom! Teresa Sigmon, founder of Sew Like A Pro™ online sewing school for dancers and skaters


This photo of Mom and me was a selfie in Twin Falls, Idaho last April.

We were on the way from Oregon to work at the 2019 Adult Figure Skating Championships in Salt Lake City, Utah.

Of course, we had to stop and sightsee along the way.


Thank goodness Mom was game for helping me.  I would never have been able to film all the skating dress vlogs you enjoy without her help. 

Thank you!  You’re the best filming, photographing, sewing mom!



June ice dance dress, dye flesh mesh, adult figure skating dress, ice dance dress at Adult Nationals 2019


And guess who taught me how to sew?

Yep.  My mom, of course.

As a youngster, I was not into Barbie or baby dolls.  Instead, I sewed clothing for my stuffed animals.

My sewing mom made my special occasion clothing, like when at age five I was a flower girl at my aunt’s wedding.  She also made my entire cheerleading team outfits two years in a row.

Vogue pattern 1492 Claude Montana, Happy Mother's Day to my sewing mom who made this outfit for me in high school.


Those of you who have made Vogue patterns know they can be complicated.  Oiy!

In high school, I unwittingly tortured Mom by asking her to make this Claude Montana pattern.  I still have the pattern, but a rubber band holds the envelope together so I found the picture online. 🙂

Once she even made me a Fortuny pleated evening gown from a magazine photo.  No pattern.  Sewing mom to the rescue!  She just figured it out.  I still have the dress, and it fits.  Maybe one day soon I’ll have a formal occasion so I can wear it again.

In high school,  I learned how to make an evening gown for the high school pageant.

Once I realized how difficult it was to make dance costumes, I felt bad for asking her to make those complicated Vogue patterns.


I think it would be okay if the 160+ Sew Like A Pro™ members in fifteen countries gave my sewing mom a virtual pat on the back.

Ditto with all the hundreds of women for whom I made custom dresses before starting my online sewing school  teaching people how to make dance and skate costumes.


If you sew, did your mother teach you as a youngster like mine did?
I would love it if you commented below telling me and our SLP™ family how you learned to sew.  Or maybe about a fun mother-daughter time. 

It’s fun to trade stories during times when we spend so much time alone.


May you and your loved ones be Covid-Crud free and find many reasons to give and receive mountains of love and laughter.  Live your brilliance every day. Celebrate every day like it’s Mother’s Day.

Yours in dance, skate and sewing,

Teresa Sigmon


P.S.  Since we are still shut-in thanks to Covid-19, I extended my  “STAY HOME AND SEW”  discounted tuition until May 31, 2020.  If you have been thinking of enrolling in my sewing programs, now is the perfect time with the lowest price.  Get more details on my sewing programs page.


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    4 replies to "Happy Mother’s Day to all the Sew Like A Pro™ sewing moms!"

    • Teresa Sigmon

      Josi, thank you SEW much for the post.

      Wow, 96 is a very long time to live! Good thing your mom taught you how to sew.

      I’m delighted you were inspired to sign up for my sewing school a few years ago. It’s been a pleasure seeing skate costumes you make get better in quality and complexity each time.

      Who knows what your figure skating granddaughter would wear for competitions if you were not making her beautiful, creative and nicely-fitted costumes 🙂

    • Karen Mcgrail

      Yes, it was Mom that taught me to see at age at an early age for my dolls and by the time I was in Jr High, I was making my own clothes. I was mad when she made me tear out a seam and redo it but am so thankful now that she was that picky about my technique. By the time I was in high school I had made lingerie, swimwear, evening gowns and a suede jacket. This is my first Mother’s Day without her and I am forever grateful for everything she’s given me, especially my love of sewing.

      • Teresa Sigmon

        Thank you SEW much for the wonderful comments about your sewing mom!

        Making a suede jacket in high school is quite the endeavor. Since suede can be unforgiving with ripping stitches, it is good that you learned to be meticulous thanks to your mom’s training. 🙂

    • Josi

      Happy Mother’s Day to your mom. She is amazing and I know you enjoy her. My mom passed away 3 years ago at the ripe age of 96. She taught me to sew when I was 9 years old. She would buy 2 new outfits for me at the start of school. However, she would buy all the fabric that I wanted. I sewed clothes as a result. My mom was able to help me through sewing tantrums and I learned how to correct my mistakes. I miss her every day. My youngest daughter, like you, decided she does not want children. Her life is rich.

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