It's a beautiful one, isn't it?
It certainly is here. We have lots of lovely new fabrics slowly working their way into the shop. That's always exciting. It's the best mail ever.
I have been doing some research lately about how fibre is turned into fabric. It takes a lot of work from a lot of different corners of the world. It's pretty amazing, actually. It got me to wondering something.
Why do we sew?
There are lots of different, easier ways to spend our time. You could just go to the mall and pick up a pair of pants and a couple of t-shirts. Lots of people do.
For me, there are a lot of reasons.
I'm not sure if you know this about me yet, but I'm a little bit of a nerd when it comes to this whole fabric thing. I love making stuff to wear and use in my house. I come from a long line of makers.
The men and women in my family have always made things to use every day. My Grandma Mildred always had some sort of handwork on the go when I knew her. Her daughter Diana loved knitting and sewing as well. My Dad absolutely loved making and fixing things made out of wood, and my brother now teaches inner city kids about the joy of making things in shop class. My Mom has always used her sewing machine to help cushion our lives. I always had awesome clothes that she had made when I was little (pink polyester culottes, anyone?), and now I am comforted by her quilts on cold nights. I absolutely love the connection I feel when I use something that has been made by someone I love. I hope that my kids feel that too.
So there's that.
There is also the "Fitting Rabbit Hole". That's the hole that you fall down when you discover that you can make clothes fit you properly once you know how. As I have aged and things have become a little curvier, the fitting has become more complicated and I have become fussier. Pants are a particular bugaboo of mine. I have curvy legs (weird, I know) that require extensive renovation to pants patterns. When things actually fit though - sooooo satisfying.
Finally, there's the toddler rationalisation. You know. We've all heard it. "I want what I want when I want it". I love colour. It's hard to find clothing that fits a grown-up that is bright and cheery. I spent an entire season a few years ago trying to find a winter parka that wasn't black. Ridiculous. It's time to make a new one. I have some beautiful bright red melton cloth in the studio, so off I go without having to try on a thousand coats.
So those are some of the reasons that I sew.
How about you?