I first began sewing at home when I was a kid, where I had access to Mum’s sewing machine and her stash of patterns and fabrics – there is nothing like the raw materials to get inspired! Like a lot of us I started with fabric scraps and a Barbie doll, and soon progressed to decent yardages and ‘real’ clothes.
We lived in a rural community with no clothing stores, so as a fashion conscious teenager being able to sew was a definite advantage! I used to love the days we would go to town and pick out some new patterns and fabrics from the local department store H&J’s. I know this is why I am so fond of patterns from that era – I even recognise some of those classics online today!
So why did I pursue sewing? I really liked the process of creating things, but also being able to make garments no-one else had, bring my own designs to fruition, and create what I needed not what was proffered to me. And these are the same reasons I still sew today.
I suppose I have to thank my mother for:
- letting me near her sewing machine in the first place
- letting me
plundercut up her fabric stash
- encouraging my creativity by buying more fabric and patterns
- lending me the overlocker when I left home for university so I could keep sewing
- buying a new overlocker for herself when she realised the old one wasn’t coming home… !
So for all the mothers out there – if you want your youngsters to learn to sew, my advice is to provide the environment by doing 1, 2, and 3, – 4 and 5 are entirely optional!
So that’s me – what inspired you to begin sewing?
Was it to mend something, copy something, or create something that you could not find in the shops? Was it to save money, to make garments that actually fit, or to express your creativity, your individuality? I am sure there are many more reasons we all started sewing – what are yours?