I have been sewing for over 40 years. I learned how to sew from my mother who was a high school teacher and college professor of Home Economics. She learned to sew from her mother who learned from her father who was a tailor by profession at the turn-of-the-20th century. My mother limited the amount of ready made clothing she would buy for me, but the fabric and patterns for sewing projects was unlimited. As a result, I sewed myself many, many things throughout my tween and teens years.
I have always been artistic, and majored in Design at University of California at Davis. I found my sewing skills handy and felt I had an advantage over my classmates in textiles arts classes even if they didn’t directly require sewing. As time allowed, I continued to sew clothing for myself throughout college and beyond. For short time after graduation, when I was trying “to figure out what to do with my life,” I worked for a dressmaker and even had a dressmaking business of my own for a short while. Soon I earned a teaching credential and, along with Math, taught Home Economics for four years in high school. I still sewed for myself, but soon my two children were born and all focus was on them including my sewing projects and, of course, I enjoyed every moment. As they got older, I stopped regularly sewing for them and, aside from my daughter’s prom dress which I sewed last year, it’s been about a decade since I’ve done much garment making.
I don’t really know why I stopped sewing for myself. One of the probable reasons is that now days it’s really not cheaper to sew than buy ready made. Another reason is that I am about 15 pounds heavier and also thicker around the middle than I was 20 years ago and I feel that the styles I look good in now are limited.
So why do I want to revive garment sewing for myself now? I have always wondered “what do I want to do when I grow up?” Now that I have reached 50, am an empty nester and have not built one continuous career for 30 years, I have begun to ask myself, what have I accomplished and what do I want to focus on? I decided I want to share my expertise in something few people are really good at, and that is sewing. By committing to making a new garment twice a month, I will actively think about fashion for myself and I will show myself and my followers that regardless of your body type, with knowledge and careful technique, you can sew something that will look great on you.
I hope you enjoy following me on my journey!