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A little sewing history

It’s true, sewing can be terrifying if you don’t have a lot of experience (and even if you have a lot of experience! Some projects are just very complicated). The majority of the projects here include detailed instructions, pictures, and clear explanations that anybody can follow, even if you just held a needle and thread for the first time ever.

I taught myself how to sew and make clothes from scratch watching my mom make clothes. Well, that is not entirely true. My mom taught me to embroider, so she takes some credit. But I ultimately learned watching her. Later I would experiment myself deconstructing old clothes trying to figure out how to assemble them. I always wanted to learn how to sew. I remember begging my mom to teach me. While she was attending college, she enrolled in the tailoring and fashion design program at a local vocational school. But she never wanted to teach me. She knew that I would get hooked and I wouldn’t want to do anything else.

Why sewing

She was partly right. Sewing is more than a hobby for me. It gives me a new outlet to channel my creativity and it lets me express my individuality in fun ways. I also love that the finished product is useful (errr, for the most part, some experiments should be kept hidden from the public eye). Sewing is a lot of fun. Just be aware of your level of expertise and skill set, and start small. Be patient and don’t get discouraged. If you only knew the thousands of failed projects that I have under my belt! With a little bit of persistence and practice you will create your own diy fashion in your free time. Or maybe your passion lies in upcycling thrift store finds, like me. Sewing clothes and accessories can be a lot of fun. It doesn’t matter if you are just starting out or if you have years of experience. You will find a fun diy project to recycle clothes, or an interesting pattern, keep watching 😉

What I sew

Most of my posts are original designs. Sometimes I use patterns, but not very often. I like the challenge of creating my own patterns. If I use somebody else’s pattern, I always link back to the original source. If the pattern is not available online, then I post the reference (magazine, book, etc.). Maybe you can find it in your local library. Most posts include instructions to create your own items. Sometimes I post special occasion items, like costumes or dance outfits that I create for performances. I consider these to be “trade secrets”, so I won’t post instructions. But that does not mean that you can’t get inspired. Each post has lots of up close pictures that can hopefully inspire you to create your own special garments!

I will post special occasion items sometimes, like costumes or dance outfits that I create for my dance performances. I consider these to be “trade secrets”, so I won’t post instructions. But that does not mean that you can’t get inspired. Each post has lots of up close pictures that can hopefully inspire you to create your own special garments!