Sewing and making clothes can inspire, heal or bind us to the past

Whether it’s making a heroine’s costume or using a traditional fabric, stitching garments can guide us in life

It was because of the movie Labyrinth that I learned to sew.

When Jennifer Connelly’s character recites the monologue that I would, in turn, recite endlessly to an audience of Vermont pine (“My will is as strong as yours, and my kingdom as great”), she is wearing a loose, cream-coloured blouse with ample, pleated sleeves. Her costume marks her as a heroine, on a heroine’s quest. I had never seen anything so captivating. With the adamantine will and romantic imagination of an eight-year-old, I vowed not to rest until I could wear this most beautiful of all garments.

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