I really can’t pinpoint how it all started. I was unemployed at 34 and trying hard to look for a job, while I finished my MBA at night. My parents had graciously taken me into their home while I tried to craft my ideal career, taking in pro bono work and dabbling in consulting jobs. I had some free time. And I had a recently serviced sewing machine. And I really needed a skirt. I am obsessed with clothes. If you ever saw my closets (yes, more than one) you would…well you would probably put me on that show Hoarders: Buried Alive. Actually clothes hoarder is pretty accurate, since I also panic and cry whenever I try to get rid of a clothing item. I love clothes – I love looking at them, I love trying them on, and I love buying them. Especially new clothes. It can be a pretty expensive habit and when I lost my job, it was obviously the first thing that was cut from my budget. But I also had another problem. Being of a certain body-shape, I can only really wear skirts that are full and not fitted. It seemed like the skirts that I liked the look of were not flattering, and the flattering skirts were nothing special. I wanted to take matters into my own hand – how hard could a simple A-line skirt be? Turns out…not that hard! And so a new obsession was born. Now going to the fabric store is my new high and it’s even more exciting than clothes shopping. I see a bolt of fabric and imagine all the possibilities that it could become. A skirt? A wrap-dress? Maybe just a short-sleeve blouse? Sometimes I’ll go to the fabric store to see if inspiration hits me. Sometimes I buy fabric that looks nice and have no idea at the time what I am going to make with it. At the moment, I have a lot of fabric and many potential projects ahead of me.
Which brings me to this blog. I’ve been sewing off and on for about a year. I can’t stress enough that I am in no way an expert – more of a sewing enthusiast. I thought it would be great to create a place to share the projects I was working on, especially since other sewing blogs have helped me in the past. My hope is that by sharing my experiments and stories, I will reach out to anyone who enjoys the art of making clothes as I do. Maybe there will even be some useful information that will help you in your projects. I welcome all feedback, advice, and anecdotes about your experiments as well. My wish is that it can become more of a conversation about sewing, since I don’t have too many friends that share this passion.
So that is my description. I feel like I need a cheesy quote in here somewhere. Like…”something something the journey is….something ….and that made all the difference.” Whatever, I am not good at quotes. Feel free to insert one if that is your bag. And check back for my experiments…failed and successful! I will try to post both.