Has Sewing Helped You In Other Walks Of Life?

Sewing friends!!!! I have missed you so much. I’ve been totally consumed by the new job, as I will continue to be for the foreseeable future.

But do you know what’s been totally amazing and surprising? How much this blog has helped. Several new colleagues subscribe. (I still have to hold myself back from a high five in the office when I see someone wearing a Mathilde blouse.) Agents have told me that their family relatives read. Authors, who are tremulous about meeting a new editor, have said, ‘You must be a nice person. You sew.’ Damn right!

And now, for the below…

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I know, it’s uncanny, isn’t it? As we live and breath, Elizabeth Taylor still walks our streets, clutching a whisky and a ciggie. This was me, getting ready for the 70s fancy dress party in my home-sewn kaftan. I tried to apply false eyelashes, but discovered I am as ham-fisted as a child.

I have other news to share. I shall no longer be blogging for The Guardian. The fashion supplement is going more ‘high fashion’ and sewing isn’t to be on that journey. Please, let’s not all get outraged. I, for one, respect this commercial decision. I often struggled to understand who my audience was at The Guardian. I’m mega busy, so a break gives me no room for complaint.

Now, tell me. How have you been, and what are you sewing? More importantly, has sewing ever given you an unexpected lift in other areas of your life?

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62 Responses to Has Sewing Helped You In Other Walks Of Life?

  1. Portia says:

    Outraged? No. Disappointed, yes! But as you say, your life is full enough with an amazing blog, job and channelling you inner Liz, among other things. Your eye make up rocks btw!! LOVING the turban , lady!!
    Px

  2. Kerry says:

    For me, sewing has led to blogging, which gives me a creative outlet that I’ve always enjoyed.
    Sorry to hear about the Guardian gig, glad all is going so well with the new job though.

  3. Hester says:

    Nice to hear from you again!
    I’m currently making a blue wool dress which I think will make me look like an air hostess, but a 1960’s air hostess, so I’m fine with that.
    In terms of what sewing has done for other parts of my life, well, this kind of ties in with some of your previous musings; this year I’ve made my life a whole lot healthier, and lost three stone; I’m now way healthier (and I look way better!) than I have in years, and part of that came about because sewing helped me to understand my body better, and to judge it on its own merits, and then to feel happy and comfortable enough to make healthy changes.

    Of course, it does mean I need a whole new wardrobe, so just as sewing helped me lose weight, losing weight is making me sew!

  4. Jo says:

    I’m glad you’re busy in a good way – I was wondering whether to start worrying πŸ™‚

    And I couldn’t put a finger on it, but sewing has made my life immeasurably better in almost every way. I feel saner, and often so exhilarated at being alive, just because of the creativity that’s been unleashed! Plus it connects me so many people, in such a good way, through the computer or just through giving handmade things to others. It’s like a virtuous circle of wellbeing.

  5. Jen (NY) says:

    Disappointed, but let us hope that we will be reading more of you here! (No pressure.)

    As for sewing…for the past few years I have been living in a tremendously stressful situation, for which a change does not appear to be near. I’ll spare the details. Sewing, though I am incredibly slow at it, has provided me with something that is not simply a diversion, but something useful. When I need to refocus my mindset, I do some kind of sewing task–even if for only 10 minutes. It really helps psychologically speaking, and I’ve learned a lot in the last couple of years. Partially out of necessity, I’m more patient that I used to be (fewer impulsive cutting errors). I can also now see that I’m actually getting a little better (though I’m still on a quest for the perfect fba method!)

    I’m not sure if this was the answer sought, but sewing has affected much of my life, keeping me relatively sane in this trying period. Also, thank you, Karen! Your blog was one of the first that I “discovered” and it’s really a bright spot in my days.

  6. Amanda says:

    I say…. Their loss! What a shame. Bet they are back in touch when the next Great British Sewing Bee is back on our screens!
    I have just made fleece hat for the winter like a turban….. A Simplicity pattern. I love it!
    Have a good party !

  7. Julie Cruickshank says:

    This is just me! I have been so busy at work trying to do all at home and feeling very grumpy for having no ‘me’ time. I gave my friend a cushion I’d made in the spring for her birthday yesterday and she was so overcome that I’d made it I felt very mean for feeling so bad about not having time to sew for weeks. Tomorrow i shall do a quick shop, iron and then sew!! PS I have missed your blogs sooo much…

  8. Miriana says:

    Karen, nice to read you again, I’ve been missing your posts… but good to know it’s because you’re busy with other things that keep you happy! I’ve often wondered where you find the time and energy to do everything that you do, and do so well. I’m a huge admirer! When I started learning to sew a couple of years back I was so happy because I felt I started to tap into my creativity which I had forgotten I even had, and it felt great. I had great plans to sew more this year also because some changes in my life have created a little extra time, but sadly I haven’t been able to fit in as much sewing ad I would have liked. I guess it partly has to do with the fact that I don’t have a dedicated space, and having to pull out everything when I get some time doesn’t help – because it often feels like it’s time to tify everything up as soon as I’ve started. But I want to change this, because tapping into that creativity is exactly what I need right now. And I am so proud whenever I can hold – and if I’m lucky, wear- something I’ve made. On the plus side, I’ve been dubbing into knitting, because it’s easier to fit in small spaces of time. I’m working on my first cardigan right now and I’m loving every bit of it!

  9. Well, I am a new recent new reader and a returnee to seeing. Your blog is a daily fix for me! I had thought your absence meant illness so am relieved this is not so. Sewing for me is a stress relief from caring for an elderly blind mother; an outlet for my small amount of creativity and has opened up a wonderful world of sewing logs. I have learnt so much from you and so many other blogs. One day I will make the journey from New Zealand to the UK and go to Goldenhawk Road, Walthamstowe etc etc etc:-)
    Meanwhile every thanks.

  10. Chris says:

    Though sewing has not directly impacted other areas of my life (and thanks to WordPress statistics I can be confident that hardly anyone reads my blog, alas) sewing still enriches my life. As a mum and teacher I talk all day, persuade, convince, cajole – and I can never be really sure of the result. Will the kids turn out alright? Will the students be able to do well in the exams? Will any success they have be because of me? All of that is never really clear. So sewing is an area of my life where I get clear an immediate results. The trousers fit or the don’t. I like the cut of something or I don’t. The zip goes in without problems or it doesn’t. It’s just so nice to have something with reduced complexity!

    • That’s a really fantastic way of putting it. Tangible results – be they good, bad or indifferent – remain tangible. Yah boo sucks to WordPress stats. That’s a small part of a much bigger picture. You’re creating!

    • Louise says:

      @Chris, just popped over and looked at your blog. So I’ve added to your stats in a small way. Some beautiful quilts, especially the wedding one.
      Louise

      • Chris says:

        Thanks Louise! My stats look fantastic – those of my blog at least πŸ˜‰

      • Chris says:

        Wow, success seems to bread success! I have had unprecedented levels of trafic to my blog, all due to my little comment here and all the many many people who read “Did you make that” . So thanks to y’all πŸ™‚

  11. mycrafthouse says:

    Sewing has made my life infinitely better (apart from the dent in my bank balance) it’s relaxing and my husband works most nights so it gives me something to do! Also, love the Liz look!

  12. Sewingjen says:

    Well nothing specific from me but sewing is a release for me, I can sew when tired, fed up, not well or bored and the result is happiness and satisfaction. Even though my last couple of weeks have been filled with alterations (my name does seem to have been passed round our village as a lady who “does”) it is satisfying to provide, a very rotund gentlemen with shorter sleeves on his shirts, another shorter trousers and a lady whose dress straps have always dropped off her shoulders with a better fitting dress. Still off to Yarndale in Skipton tomorrow for some well deserved yarn shopping. P.S did wonder where you were and went into your blog to see if I was not getting your news, but sooooo glad you are back- didn’t buy the Guardian anyway!!!

  13. Jenny says:

    Sewing and blogging has changed me more than I had ever expected it to & it still really surprises me to think about it.

    The sewing part has undoubtedly changed the type of consumer that I am, and not just in terms of clothing. I feel like I value the work and time that goes into making things a lot more than the thing itself, so I make fewer but more considered purchases. If I spend money on anything these days it’s mostly on something that’s good quality, made by hand and that I couldn’t make myself. Because of this I’m also prepared to spend a lot more on a single item than I used to be.

    As for the blogging part, well that has really helped me become more open. Primarily my blog is for me, but it’s also for my close friends/ family (as opposed to FB friends) and other bloggers who have stumbled across it through a shared common interest. Because of this audience, who I feel are more genuinely interested in me & what I’m doing, I have the confidence to completely be myself and share things that I otherwise wouldn’t have done, It often strikes me as totally counter intuitive given that blogs have no way to filter who reads them. I also found when re-writing my CV earlier this year that writing about myself is so much easier and I don’t second guess what I have written. I think I’ve developed the ability to write about myself and actually encapsulate what I think about myself in those words. Not to mention, inject a bit of humour into an otherwise bland document :p

    • Chris says:

      I would really echo what you say about the different attitude as a consumer. I walked past H&M the other day seeing blazers for 25€ in their window. Knowing what goes into making a lines blazer (with piping and loads of buttons!) I now cannot believe how this could ever be made for this price! Unless of course it’s made under conditions that I would not wish to work in…

  14. booketta says:

    Definitely! It helps me be more patient and the attention to detail. Plus that feeling of “I made that” sense of achievement πŸ™‚

  15. Kathleen says:

    Love the Liz look, especially the turban. Sewing is my meditation. I can spend time making anything I want. My family loves. It when I make things for them, so that’s fun too. It’s my zen

  16. Cathrine says:

    Hi Karen: A few decades ago, I wrote a sewing column which was syndicated in several newspapers. The few dollars I earned from that helped us through some very tight times; but also (she says so modestly) it helped lots of other people. I would always encourage my crafty readers to use their skills to start some sort of business, to turn some sort of profit. Local charities were down in their donations (we were not the only ones suffering) so I suggested sewers/knitters/crocheters could create items from their stash to donate – we may not have had spare money but we all have spare fabric & yarn. Oddly, neither the givers nor the receivers had thought of doing this, and I received many “thank yous” from both sides of the “transaction” for these suggestions.

    Now, years later, I am (yet again) working in a fabric store, have acquired more stuff than I can ever use and am utterly happy. Many of our customers are (yet again) going through tough times, and they have created businesses using their sewing skills, many are donating items to assorted charities.

    I like to believe (sew modestly) that this is a continuation of something I started years ago, which is still floating amongst the sewing community, which makes me utterly proud.

    What have I made recently? Well, coincidentally, I recently purchased 6 m of corduroy, for some new winter work pants, using my favourite KwikSew pattern. They may ever be ready for winter if I stop reading your blog an get back to my sewing room.

    Love you, your columns, your humour and your readers.

  17. Katie M says:

    Unfortunately I have been overloaded with boring sewing lately (repairing clothes/toys, labelling school uniform, replacing grubby trim on school blazers and all those other endless sewing chores). I’ve got a quilt 90% finished that my two girls sewed the whole top panel for (amazing for 5 and 8 years old), and another version of the Mathilde that I have in my head but haven’t yet bought fabric for. There’s only one more pile of school clothes labelling to go, and then I think I can get back to the fun stuff.

  18. Zoe says:

    Hello lovely lady, you look so damn gorgeous dressed up as Liz!!! Glad the new job is going well, even if it is taking you away from us for a while! New jobs/flats/relationships/whatever always take more brainspace in the beginning eh? Sad to hear that you won’t be blogging for the Guardian anymore but glad you’ll get that time back for yourself and your other pursuits.

    Lots of love
    Zoe xxx

  19. Catherine says:

    Congrats on the new job! I love your 70s look! the make up and turban are super!

    sewing has definitely helped me with projects at work – prepping and planning as i would do with sewing. Also the stress relief that it provides is a bonus.
    I have a huge project list at the moment, acutally i probably better get of the internet and finish my dress!

  20. Good luck at the new job!
    Sewing has been a way for me to do something creative without any pressure or deadlines. I already have a hobby that suddenly became a job (drawing) and felt that I needed an outlet where I could do my own thing without pressure (which seems to be a very common thing among other illustrators, others I know go paint landscapes or take pictures). Meanwhile, my sewing has influences my drawing: I’ve made my final school project about a young seamstress, and now that I’ve started an extra course in printing techniques I feel like applying those techniques to fabric rather than paper.

  21. Emma Welsh says:

    Hello, I wore my first me made outfit to a big all day meeting last week. I felt very me, and it put the meeting in perspective so I didn’t get hung up on things. Next year hope I can have a me made week’s worth of clothes for the annual conference! All the bloggers I follow are such an inspiration, and a pleasure to learn from! Off to start piecing my second quilt πŸ™‚

  22. ellecsews says:

    Isn’t it lovely that sewing has made you more accessible in the eyes of authors. Nice to know that us sewists, sew-ers etc are seen as a nice bunch of people.

    Sewing has helped me when I am experiencing my semi-annual bout of depression and anxiety, when it seems like all parts of my life are spinning wildiy out control. I can control one little part of my life. Very helpful. Thank goodness.

    Too bad about the Guardian, but good news too, as your free time is more limited now.

  23. Sewing with my daughters (ages: 15, 12, and 4) provides quiet quality time together. Each obviously have a different level of interest in sewing but somehow it unites us with a sense of pride and accomplishment. It gives us the courage to create rather than spend on things we see and want. Love your creations.

  24. Tilly says:

    Ms Taylor, you look beauteous! LOVE this look on you. You don’t need the Guardian gig, your own blog is so great. xxx

  25. mrszandstra says:

    Your Guardian column inspired me back into sewing after a very long break – I had been thinking about sewing again for a while but wasn’t really doing anything about it – the column led me to your blog which led me to the whole world of bloggers, independent patterns and fabulous clothes! I got a second hand sewing machine and I was off! So – I’m grateful the Guardian did it and I think at a time when people are questioning the ethics of cheap clothes and the disposable nature of fashion it was great to present a real alternative

    Thank you!
    Louise

  26. Tine says:

    Well, for me sewing and blogging led to a career in that field, so yes, sewing definitely helped me in other walks of life. And I get so many compliments on my clothes and often people think that I wear me-made every day, even when I wear store bought clothes. Sewing is a great conversation starter, I never experienced people who were like “eeks, why do you sew?”, it’s more like “oh, I’m jealous, I could never do that!” to which I always reply that anyone can learn how to use a sewing machine or needle and thread.

  27. Jeanette says:

    I’ve always sewn, so for me it is a way of life. I would say though that in recent years sewing has been an important part of my life and helped pull me through a difficult time.A family tragedy four years ago has changed my life forever, but all through that time, sewing has helped me to focus. I’m not sure those that don’t sew could understand that, I’m not sure I do. I just know there is comfort and satifaction in the ordinary and the ability to create with needle and thread.

  28. Helen says:

    I’m sure your posts at the Guardian have led to a much wider audience finding your blog so I think you should consider it a successful experience! For me sewing has really changed my outlook on life. I have bi-polar and have consequently always struggled to keep my mind under some kind of control! Coupled with the usual responsibilities of managing work and family there never seemed to be anytime for myself. Sewing has given me an outlet for expression, creativity and a means to focus my mind. When I’m on a high I can direct my surplus energy into it, when I am low I can push myself to just do the next step and feel like I’ve achieved something.
    I’ve just completed an autumn flowery silk Darling Ranges dress that I’ve been working on for a while. It took two Muslins before I got the fit right and dared to cut my silk. The sense of achievement has really boosted my confidence. So much so that i’m planning to experiment with knits for my next project!

  29. Louise says:

    I shall miss your guardian blog, but it sounds like you will be very busy with your new job. I love sewing, it feels so wonderful to be able to create something quickly, and the pride I feel outstrips anything else. A great feeling. As for blogging I’ve only been doing it for a week- though there are already a few posts to read at SeamsOddLouise.blogspot.com but already my “2” comments made me squeal with delight that someone I don’t know has been kind enough to acknowledge me. What a FANTASTIC feeling.

  30. anothersewingscientist says:

    Getting back to sewing again after a long break has helped me personally and professionally: personally, it was something better to do with my evenings than staring blankly at the TV; it was a way to express myself creatively and bring out part of my personality when I’m usually only seen as “so-and-so’s Mom”; it’s been a great conversation starter in groups of strangers (“So what do you do?” “I’m a parasitologist”…….*cue blank stare*…..”but I also love to design and sew!” “Oh, that’s so interesting. Did you make what you’re wearing?” etc.)

    Professionally, it’s helped me draw out some of my colleagues and get to know them on a personal level, because I’ve discovered that almost everyone has a creative side that they keep secret. One of the field observers for my research project’s agency seemed quite intimidating at first, but once I discovered that he has a secret passion for filmmaking, he really loosened up and I got to know him better. Another colleague is a singer/songwriter in his spare time, and when I found out, we wrote a grant application together for which he wrote and performed a song in lieu of the required interview video!

  31. redsilvia says:

    YOU look superlicious! That turban is it! That costume is perfection.

  32. Lucym808 says:

    I’m nowhere near as experienced a sewer as most people who read your blog, mainly cos two small kids leaves me virtually no time. But when I do sew, I find it relaxes my mind more than anything else, and focuses me in a way that I never focus. Then I get a huge self-esteem boost when people comment on what I’m wearing and ask if I made it, and express admiration. writing about this makes me realise it’s similar to the feelings that yoga gives me – basically, all-round better mental health and wellbeing!

    And I love your blog cos most of what you sew is way beyond me, but I just love the way you write! It was yours and another sewing blog that inspired me to start my own.

  33. Anne-Marie says:

    You look so glamorous as Liz! I so relate to you having difficulties with applying false eyelashes – I’ve tried and tried and when I finally opened my right eye the lash was stuck to the bottom lid instead of the eyelid. Anyway, as far as sewing is concerned – it enabled me to dress my daughters, myself and my house when money was tight and to get satisfaction from making something from scratch. Karen, I love your blog!.

  34. Juliet says:

    Oh wow, look at you, Liz herself would adore that kaftan!

    Blogging and sewing? I’m just getting back into it myself. I had major surgery at the beginning of August – that’s why I pulled out of the jar, life with a rare condition is like living with weekly tornado’s. So while I’ve been recovering, my sewing friends and reading blogs have been my normality, my support, my inspiration to get back to where I was before… it’s hard, but the effects from 12 hours (!) of general anaesthetic wear off day by day. In particular, my fellow Wellington Sewing Bloggers have been angels; they visited me in hospital, brought me crafy entertainment and have been so incredible I find myself running our of adjectives to describe how greatful I am for them. I can at last concentrate long enough to sew now, hurrah! And actually, I’m better now than I was before the surgery.

    Good to have you back – keep on rocking that new job!

  35. SewSleepy says:

    sad news indeed that the Guardian doesn’t see sewing as something their readers do although they may have a point since I started sewing I no longer have time to read the Guardian he he

  36. CAROL RIBAR says:

    I found that my background in sewing helped me when I learned to hang wallpaper. It is kinda like laying out a pattern on fabric, except you are doing it vertically, on a wall. It also taught me to follow the directions, one step at a time. This has been useful at work, dealing with chemical reactions. One step at a time. But I really love sewing for the creative outlet. Love your blog.

  37. SewSleepy, that was a funny comment!
    Karen, I am sorry you aren’t blogging for the Guardian anymore, but your new job sounds great. I have definitely felt an impact at work as a result of my sewing blog. Around a year ago, I built my own website using WordPress and more recently I re-designed our internal blog at work. I would have never had the confidence to do that without my blogging hobby. And from that, it seems I keep getting more opportunities at my “day gig”. I’ve also had more opportunities to write and edit. Since I never studied that, it blows my mind, but I find I enjoy it ever much, so I am pretty happy about that, too! You seem to be thriving (how can you NOT be thriving in that turban?!!)

  38. You look fabulous in your 70’s get up! It’s a shame the Guardian are no longer interested in sewing but it’s their loss, your stuff for them was great.

  39. smittenness says:

    I shall miss your writing at the Guardian but I’m glad to be able to follow you here. It’s shame the Guardian has decided to move more exclusively “high end”. There’s so much to be gained and learnt from sewing. Personally, I’ve learned patience, persistence and to trust my instincts. It’s also introduced me to the wonderful supportive online sewing community. Look forward to seeing what you do next, all the best x

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  41. I have a long and complicated history with sewing, but I’ve come to realize that it’s my passion. It fulfills my technical side as well as my creative side. It’s a perfect marriage. It has taught me patience as well as compassion for our fellow human beings. I might have started to sew again at the beginning of this year, but I don’t find myself stopping. I’m doing something I love.

    I’m not outraged that you’re no longer writing for the Guardian, but I’m disappointed. As if there aren’t enough news source covering high fashion. I thought it was unique that the Guardian was covering sewing. I’m happy for the short amount of time that you got to share with the readers of the Guardian the world of sewing! I love the sewing community and that’s why I started to blog as well!

    Wishing you the best! πŸ™‚

  42. CatrionaM says:

    I’ve found that sewing helps me to slow down and enjoy the journey rather than rushing to the destination (in both dressmaking and life!) It’s easy to focus on the goal, much harder to live in the moment.

  43. Daniela says:

    Sewing has brought a whole lot of happiness in my life. Even my colleagues have noticed that I am much happier at work and more satisfied. And that is actually because sewing has improved my personal life. I used to complain a lot because my boyfriend had to work on the weekends and we didn’t have time to go out. Also, because we just moved to London, I didn’t had many friends. Now sewing keeps me busy on the weekend and I am actually having fun by myself πŸ™‚ And I have also met friends at blogger meet-ups. What could I ask more for? πŸ™‚

  44. StitchBrawl says:

    I just finished sewing a Grainline Moss skirt and now I’m making some itty bitty baby dresses for a friend who is expecting twin girls after struggling with infertility for years.

    I’ve actually been thinking lately about what sewing has done for me. I could go on and on, but one of the main benefits sewing has given my life is teaching me to let myself make mistakes. I’m not very confident and I’m a huge perfectionist. I’ve let a lot of unnecessary stress into my life and missed out on so many opportunities because I’m too afraid of failing to even try something new. Sewing is filled with mistakes, but I can make those mistakes and figure out how to deal with them in the privacy of my sewing room. Sometimes I can just rip out the mistake and try again. Sometimes I need to think outside my original plan for a fix that will make it work despite my error. Sometimes there is nothing to be done but figure out what went wrong and learn what I can do better next time. Regardless, the world doesn’t end if I make a mistake and even my biggest sewing failures become just another step in learning to sew well. I’ve been able to surprise myself with successfully completing things that I thought I was too scared to even try (hello welt pockets and zip fly). While I’m learning to sew I’m also learning to let myself make mistakes and try things that scare me, which is so beneficial in all aspects of life.

  45. Aw, I’m sad to hear that you won’t be writing for the Guardian any longer. I’d been sewing for a little while, but until I came across your column there I had no idea that the sewing blogosphere existed. In retrospect I feel a bit stupid for not looking – I’ve been on the internet long enough to know that no matter how outrΓ© your hobby there *will* be people out there blogging about it, and sewing’s pretty normal in the grand scale of things! – but I would honestly have never found your blog or any of the other sewing blogs I’ve since discovered without seeing you on the Graun. Shame.

    In response to the actual question, I’ve been trying to sew more things I can wear to work. I went to a job interview the week before last (spoiler: I got the job!) in a me-made waistcoat, and it felt like a tremendous milestone – to be sufficiently confident in the quality of my handmade things to take one to an occasion where you know people will be scrutinising how you dress.

    I’ve started looking more closely at how clothes go together, and staring (discreetly, I hope) at strangers on the street wearing interesting things. My reaction on seeing said interesting thing is slowly but surely tipping away from “I want one of those” into “I bet I could make one of them …”

  46. LinB says:

    Cannot even imagine a time when sewing is not in my life — have been using a sewing machine since age eight, so … 47 years now. Even more than any (largely imaginary) savings by making one’s own clothes/bed linens/draperies/luggage/etc. is the immense satisfaction in indulging one’s creative impulse. Even if, as SewingJen notes, one’s name gets about as “a woman who does” in the neighborhood, there can also be the positive strokes from that: that one’s community recognizes one’s talent and seeks to make a place for it in the life of the community. How would there ever be any Christmas pageants for local congregations without us “women who do” to sew up the costumes?

  47. Steph says:

    Karen, Thank you for doing this post. The responses are so interesting, inspiring and heartwarming. I learned something from every one of them.

    I am sorry that you won’t be writing for the Guardian anymore, as I enjoyed your pieces and it was nice to see the mainstream media pick up on a trend that I think is very important. I think this is a missed opportunity for them. Much of high fashion coverage, in my opinion, is spreading unhealthy messages and perpetuating economic systems that do more damage than good. But that’s my particular bias..

    I only started sewing again a year or so ago, after a long hiatus. When I was in my early 20s, I sewed most of my own clothes, mostly because I didn’t have ANY money. I would buy second-hand clothes and refashion them, or relish buying the small piece of fabric I could afford and making something unique with it. I wasn’t a very capable seamstress (and am not now), but I always found the expression of my individuality through my clothes quite thrilling. Fast forward and the thrill is still there! I work in a highly technical job and am always very busy, but in my heart of hearts I know I want more of the creative things I love in my life. I don’t know how far I want to go with the creative, or rather will be able to go given my oft-faltering courage, but sewing is an opening back into that world where a much fuller version of me resides.

    Thank you again and great to hear that your new job is going so well!

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