Monday, 9 February 2015

My sewing story



I feel like everyone has their own story as to why they began sewing. For some it was something passed down by grandmother or mother early on, for some the want of new clothes that fit and for some curiosity. My story came out of the need for a new hobby, something that was mine and that I could work on with something to show for it. It's not particularly romantic or interesting a story. I underwent major spinal surgery and after learning to walk and move around again I immediately felt the need to find something I could entertain myself with for the endless days at home. 

My mother was never a dressmaking sewer, she can mend but her skills were never really passed down to me as her old machine went years before I was interested. The only things I have that link me to any sewing background are the boxed pinking shears from the 30s and a 1930s mccalls sewing book that belonged to my grandpapas first wife who was a dressmaker. I treasure these items! I like to think that her spirit lives on in those items and helps me persevere. I still use them and I like to think that she would be happy that they have been passed down and are still being used. I hope that in the future some of my sewing treasures are passed down and bring with them the love of sewing.


Here I was, sewing even though we had no furniture in our new house! Before we moved in my sewing machine would take up our whole dining table and I would be so upset to have to move it.

I wasn't always so dedicated though, and I do say 'dedicated' lightly....my sewing does slip during semester. My first proper exposure to sewing came like many others in the home economics class of my country public highschool. Lets just say things were not inspiring and things did not go well. I couldn't thread my machine, I think I nearly blew one up at one stage and I HATED making juggling balls. I never got the fabric I wanted and we spent weeks of sewing lines on paper. They should have called the class 'how not to make something look interesting and fun 101'. I put down my needle and thread and didn't pick it back up for years.

Since I picked it back up I haven't regretted it once. My love for sewing only gets deeper with every triumph and it has given me so much to work on. Part of my love for sewing stems from the fact that you will never stop learning and never stop getting better. There is always something to master and one of the best parts is being able to pull images from your mind and make them happen. It's not always easy and as a beginner I get angry sometimes that I am not better. I get disappointed when projects don't work out, it comes in waves but I wouldn't give it up. 



Why did you start sewing? 

Alecia xx

24 comments:

  1. How lucky are you to be given those pinking shears & sewing book!! I think you should definitely share a few pages of the book with us ;)

    I insisted my Mum teach me to sew when I was a youngster.. I made a little bag and then promptly moved on to a new obsession.
    I picked it up again for a little while when I was a tween, making little outfits for my sisters and mines doll games, but I didn't really get into it fully until I was about 16 and discovered the vast vault of style inspiration that is the internet. Being young and without the funds to buy all the pretty things my heart desired, I set about recreating them from fabric scraps and op shop finds (in a very slap-dash manner).
    From there I progressed to sewing from actual patterns, and now, well, I'm still learning of course!

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    1. I was so pleased to get them! I will certainly do that! :)

      You are so lucky that you had your mum to teach you! I pretty much just figured out everything via trial and error. I LOVE that the internet is such a huge sewing resource these days, there are so many free patterns, tutorials and bits of advice that it makes it so much easier to learn.
      Thats wonderful! You really do never stop learning huh? :) always something to add to your skillset.

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  2. This was a really lovely story to read. I love how you said that with sewing there is always something to learn and always something to improve on. Back in school I was the same with sewing classes, really didn't think too much good about it. But after seeing what sewing can be through reading blogs and seeing such lovely creations it is something I really want to try and make happen! It's a while away but I'm crossing my fingers for a sewing machine this Christmas!

    Also very sweet about the pinking shears, I'm sure that she would be very happy indeed about that!

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    1. Thank you! I feel that school somehow manages to suck all the fun out of both sewing and cooking! You really should! You can pick up a second hand machine from gumtree or the buy and sell part of the newspaper really cheap too! I got mine as a present though, so maybe just drop lots and lots of hints! :P

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  3. This is a lovely story to share; I'm afraid mine is much shorter than this. I saw all the beautiful vintage clothes, and some where even made by the lovely lady wearing them. I said "I can do that!" And there you have it. I started to learn to sew so that I could sew vintage for myself. It's working so far. ; ) ❤

    xox,
    bonita of Lavender & Twill

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    1. Hahaha! That always has a part of it :) I just love vintage clothes but can seldom afford them unless I get them for a bargain on ebay :P Sewing is a great way to get around that, plus you sew everything to fit your body :)

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  4. Lovely post, I think the best thing about sewing is you can create something useful and tangible that you can feel proud of!

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    1. Thats one of my favourite parts too! You can hold something in your hand or wear it and know that you made it yourself. It's such a wonderful feeling!

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  5. A very nice post! I started sewing for the exact same reason; to have a new hobby, a new interest. I'd not long moved to the city I now live in and I'd tried the choir (which was disappointing after several years in choirs in previous cities). My friend recommended I should try the sewing for beginners course she'd done at the local adult learning centre, before moving on to the dressmaking course. And I was hooked! Three weeks into the course I bought a sewing machine! And a year later, I haven't looked back. The community is great as well, I really want to get more involved and am hoping to start a sewing-specific blog. You're so right; there's so much to learn! I too get frustrated at how much of a 'learner' I still am but then try to remember that I am learning something new by dealing with someone going wrong or not working out. I'm very jealous of the 1930's pinking shears and sewing book! Both my nan and my mom when she was younger were avid sewers and I wish I'd taken an interest when I could've learnt so much from them. I think I did a little sewing when I was at school but have somehow erased it from my mind, probably because like you, I didn't come across as fun at all!

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    1. Thank you! Oh me too! I feel as if there is so much I want to do and learn but my skills just aren't there yet. It's so hard being patient with yourself, especially if you are a perfectionist. You are so right, you just have to learn from your mistakes and failures rather than dwelling on them as something negative. Thank you for sharing that little story! I love hearing about how people start out because it reminds us all that we were all once beginners. :)

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  6. I love to hear the why stories :) I think it's fun to learn a little something new about a fellow sexist and it also takes me back to my beginning :)

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    1. Thank you! I'm glad you enjoyed it :)

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  7. Beautiful story. I think that there is something so inspiring and moving about the tales behind how we each come to love the things and hobbies that we do and this post is certainly no exception there.

    ♥ Jessica

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    1. Thank you Jessica :) It is, I always find it interesting how people come to love the things they love.

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  8. Just come across your blog

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  9. As hobbies go, sewing is a pretty good one to choose! I particularly empathised with some of your sentiments towards the end - I find it frustrating at times that I'm not as good at sewing as I want to be, too, but we all have to hope that practice will make us better. On the up side, this practice also means we end up with many new and lovely clothes.

    I got back into sewing by accident, really. Thanks to a friend, I was inspired to pick up a crochet hook again... which led to reviving my love of knitting... which eventually led to buying a bargain sewing machine and making some clothes. It's been so much fun - I wouldn't change a thing!

    Katie @ Katie Writes Stuff

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    1. It is SUPER frustrating! Especially when you see others who are so talented and you just want to yell 'GIVE ME YOUR TALENT'. But alas, talent is something you have to work on so I guess there is no escaping the hard work :p Yes! That is so true! I find myself sewing myself the basics in my wardrobe I so badly need so I guess it is a plus :)

      Thats lovely! I'm still to learn to crochet or knit properly. I love knitting but I haven't gotten far in building skills or making things that are useful. One day I will hopefully, I have so many patterns I have collected that I want to make!

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  10. It's so interesting) I’ve just found your blog and I’d like to say that I’m in love with it!
    I like your posts and photos! Really amazing!
    I’ll be happy to see you in my blog!)

    Diana Cloudlet
    http://www.dianacloudlet.com/

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  11. I've never learnt how to sew, but my boyfriend, who's a fashion designer, is hopefully going to teach me soon! I can't wait to make my own clothes xx

    The Persephone Complex

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    1. Thats wonderful! Hopefully he does :) Its such a fun hobby and there is SO much information on the internet these days that it makes learning much easier. I think the best thing is wearing something you've made and getting a complement on the street, its nice knowing that someone appreciates your handiwork :)

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  12. I'm exactly the same, my mum and grandmother were big crafters. My grandmother was a master knitter and my mum a master dabbler in everything! Neither were too big into sewing clothing, but there was always lots of sewing things for the house.

    It's such a skill though, people are always amazed that I sew what I wear and I always try to encourage them to just give it a go, it's not nearly as hard as they may think :)

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    1. It really is, its such a good skill to have. People always seem to think that they can't do it, but I believe that If I can do it anyone can :) It just takes patience and time I always say.

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