The kind ladies at Shaffer Sisters invited me to join their Sewabration of Womanhood series.
This series led me to think a bit about why I sew and I don’t think I have ever really gone into the reasons why I sew here. My days are pretty ordinary for a stay at home mom. I’m with my kids all day long, and I love what I do. If given any career choice, this is where I’d want to be. But I need an outlet, maybe a few outlets. Running is one of my outlets, but it’s not enough to fill me up. I need something creative in my life. Right now, that creative outlet is sewing…and all kinds of sewing! I love to quilt, make clothes for myself, clothes for my family, really, any kind of sewing.
When sewing for myself I really am not much of a trend follower. I like what I like, whether it’s popular or not. I guess I’m not a typical girl. That became pretty clear to me when the Shaffer sisters asked me as one of my interview questions for their blog, what body type are you. I looked at my husband and asked him, because really, I don’t know. Do I look like a fruit or a vegetable? Do I fit a typical mold. I don’t think any of us look like something to eat, nor do I think any of us look typical. We are all made unique, which makes us all fascinating. And in case you are wondering, Josh answered very kindly and said I was perfect.
So all this talk leads me back full circle to why I sew. I sew to be unique. I sew to help express myself. I sew to create. I sew because it is enjoyable. I think if one of those factors were missing, I wouldn’t sew.
If you are just becoming interested in sewing for yourself, I would direct you to an independent pattern designer. Their patterns are great, gentle introductions into the world of sewing for women. Typically they have pictures to walk you through each step of the process. And April Rhodes patterns are really where I would have you start. I have now sewn all three of her patterns (I’ll show you my staple dress next month) and love the fit of each one. I also love the wearability of her patterns. They are clothing items that I would wear every day (as you probably have noticed in my me made round ups).
For this dress I used April’s Riding Peplum and Party Dress pattern. I made a few changes though (look back up to one of the reasons why I sew, unique). I started with her basic pattern, but knew I wanted a midi length dress. I took out a bit of width from the skirt by slashing and overlapping the pattern, and I lengthened the hemline by 10 inches. And the fabric is a thrifted sheet. I’ve been hanging onto this sheet with that pretty little floral print for some time waiting for the perfect project.
So have you started sewing for yourself yet? Any words of wisdom for newbie sewists?
I’m also linking this up to Project Sewn for my signature style.