why I sew: sara from made by sara

Hello again! It’s Sara from Made by Sara here. I am back today with my last post for this season of Kids Clothes Week. (Insert sad face here.) In case you missed my previous post last Thursday where I share some of my sewing mistakes, here it is. Have fun.

For this last series of posts we (the contributors) were asked to share why do we sew. Why do we make. What do we enjoy about sewing children’s clothes.

So, why do I sew?

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1. Sewing for Kindergarten; 2. The Franklin dress; 3. The Limon top.

 Reason #1 – Simply because it has been a passion since I was a child.

I first started to sew when I was a child. I was one of those whose first sewing projects were doll clothes (namely, Barbie clothes). I used to spent several weeks in the Summer holidays at my granny’s farm. She was a dressmaker and she taught me to sew a little. She had lots of vintage fabric scraps and a huge collection of buttons (both of which I own now) that I used to make those doll clothes.

Like so many people, while I was growing up I stopped sewing. It wasn’t a popular thing to do when I was a teenager.

Still, it has always been a true passion and I was craving to pick it up again when I was in my twenties. And like so many of us it finally happened when my first child was born. He slept for 20 hours a day in his first 6 months (lucky me!) so I had plenty of time to make things. I spent my days browsing through sewing blogs. Collecting projects to sew. Hoarding fabrics and patterns. But because I was working full time on a big company with an important position, it wasn’t only after I had my third child and became a SAHM (less then 4 years later) that I bought a sewing machine and actually started to sew like crazy. This was almost four years ago and I still do.

 

boy_collage 1. The Mulberry Tunic; 2. The Twisted Trousers; 3. The Schoolboy vest.

Reason #2 – I love to learn, I love challenges, I love deadlines and I love to create.

And luckily I have all of that in this sewing hobby.

My previous job was really demanding. I had a leading position with lots of deadlines, tasks and projects that needed to be tackled and completed. When I became a SAHM I missed that. I love to work, I love having projects on my hands, and I even love deadlines because I work better, think better and produce better under pressure. It’s just the way I am.

One of the things I really love about sewing is the whole creative process. Picking a pattern or drafting one myself, making changes to a pattern, picking fabric combos, matching notions… All those colors, prints, textures, shapes… It’s like heaven to me.

I love all the time I spend thinking about the best techniques to make something, and researching, and learning, learning, learning… I am a voracious learner when it comes to sewing, crafts and design, and I love when I have to use a new to me technique or method because I have the chance to learn something new.

And I also love when I am given a challenge or a theme, and a deadline, and I have to use my creativity to make something! I feel the adrenaline rushing in and, honestly, sometimes I feel like a sewing junkie.

 

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1. The Emerson top; 2. Under the Big Top; 3. The Blake dress.

Reason #3 – It does good to my soul.

Most people say they sew because of their kids, because they love to provide good clothes for their kids. Luckily we have access to lots of stylish clothes, with good quality and great prices around here so sewing is not a necessity in any way. I would say I sew mainly for egotistic reasons, because in all honesty, it makes me feel good.

Sewing makes me to relax and mends my soul. A good sewing blogging friend of mine was sharing the other day how sewing was important to mend the soul in a certain difficult time of her life and I could relate. Whenever I feel in distress I run to my sewing machine. It always involves picking a tough project that includes new techniques so that I really have to focus and don’t think about anything else.

Sewing is good for my self-esteem. I have always struggled with self-esteem issues. I could name a few reasons why but I don’t feel like going in too much detail. No matter what I do I always feel it is not good enough, not pretty enough, not perfect enough. But when I make something and get some positive comments on it, that makes my day. And when I am with my kids and someone compliments their outfits (without knowing they are mommy made), it makes me feel that maybe after all I am just a bit good about something.

Sewing made me find amazing people from all over the world. And some of them even became my real friends even if we don’t have met in person. As a SAHM most of the days the only people I talk to are my kids and sweet husband. And although I love them dearly I crave to talk to other people especially if they share the same interests and understand all my sewing jargon and excitement when I buy new fabric or sew that piping in the most perfect way. (I know you know what I am talking about.)

And last, sewing makes me happy. I love to sew for my kids and the main reason I love doing it is because of their big happy smile when they see what I just made for them. Their genuine smile makes me smile. Their genuine happiness makes me happy. I would freeze those moments if I could. They love the things I make for them and in the end that is all that matters.

Now it’s your turn! Why do you sew? Can you relate with any of my reasons? I would love to know so please share. (Thank you!)

women_collage 1. Blue, Birds and Flowers; 2. The Bellevue top; 3. The Pier 7 top.

I hope you have enjoyed my posts for this amazing KCW’s Spring season! It has been a real honor. Thank you for all your comments here and on other social media. If you would like to keep in touch with me you can find me on my happy place.

I truly love Kids Clothes Week for all the great inspiration from the project pool and for all the people I get to know and friends I make. You are the best!

See ya!

 

 

This article has 7 comments

  1. Kim

    I have forgotten how fun it is to sew up an item of clothing and I get caught up in the busy-ness of working and motherhood, along with every other hat we wear.  Well done on the sewing and keep it up!

  2. Olu

    I sew because I love it and I’m completely addicted. If I’m not sewing I’m thinking about it. It’s crazy, I’ve never been like this about anything before. But on the downside, my house is a mess, no time for cleaning  😉

    Love your sewing Sara, you are so skilful and have great style. I wish you wouldn’t doubt yourself. I always look forward to seeing what you make. Your Florence blouse and your circus inspired outfit are imbedded in my mind (along with your daughter’s hair hee hee!).

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