Hi there! It’s Audrey from Skirt Fixation here again today. I’m going to share why I sew with you. The short answer is: I’m 6 feet tall.
Yep, a really, really statuesque lady. Sounds great and supermodel and all until you realize that ready-to-wear clothing is made for the average 5’5” tall woman. That makes said clothing 7” too short, tight, small, etc. for my overgrown body! So that’s the short answer. But, you protest, this is KIDS clothes week, and your kids aren’t 6 feet tall. (Well, beside my son who is 6’ 6.5” tall, that is true!) But I have 7 children, and they will be tall, so right now, RTW clothing doesn’t fit them very well either.
For example, my 7 year old daughter is a size 4 around, and a size 8 in height. So I end up making many of her clothes. Like all those pictured above, and many more! But little girls are so fun to sew for!
My 9 year old son is a size 5 around, size 12 in height. Again, I sew many of his clothes, and he loves to wear them! So what I’m trying to share is that I sew some out of necessity. But the other reason I sew is as a creative outlet. Sewing is my stress relief. I love almost every part of a sewing project from start to finish.
And I love every kind of sewing from apparel to quilting and bag making. The part of sewing that I really don’t enjoy is hand sewing; I simply don’t have patience for it! But perhaps my daughters play a part in that because for several years they have rescued me from any hand sewing. They know that offering to work on the mending pile is a great negotiating tool for them! Speaking of my 3 daughters, I’ve been teaching them the art of sewing for several years now, and I’ve asked them to chime in on the topic “Why I Sew.”
Allegra (age 16): I’m the hand sewist in the family. I may not enjoy sewing with a machine, but if you need buttons sewed on, or an embroidered detail added, or a quilt hand bound, I’m your person. I hand sew because it’s calming, and it’s a creative outlet. When I was younger, I loved to do coloring pages. The crayon, sweeping over and over, filling the lines with color, gave me a feeling of calm. I loved picking out the perfect colors to accompany each other in a picture.
Now I embroider, and it gives me a similar feeling. Instead of the crayon, it’s the needle, over and under, filling the lines with color, giving me a feeling of calm. I still love to pick out the perfect colors. One of my favorite parts of the sewing process is going to the store and looking at the beautiful rainbow of embroidery thread. Hand binding is the same way. I love making each tiny stitch the same exact length and shape, and manipulating the corners into geometric perfection. Buttons…well, they’re not my favorite. But if it’s hand sewing, I’ll do it!
Aria (age 12): I enjoy both kinds of sewing. Hand sewing and machine sewing are both about equal in which one I would prefer to do. When I am sewing on a machine the part that I enjoy about it the most is seeing it come together. With each step the fabric comes together and begins to form into something I know that I have made with my hands (or rather machine). I recently discovered knits and those are soooo fun and easy to work with.
I not only like sewing with a machine but I really like embroidering too. When I embroider it is like just starting with a pencil drawing and adding color. It gives me the feeling like I am making something come alive. Another thing I like about embroidering is the graceful movement of the needle. One thing I don’t like about sewing by hand is that my hand starts to get cramped pretty soon. That is why I would almost always rather sew a seam or a hem with the sewing machine.
Annie (age 7): I sew because it’s fun. I made a skirt for my 4H project. I made the kind of skirt I really wanted to wear. I love the purple fabric and I think the white trim I put on it goes really good with it. Mom is also helping me sew a quilt for my bed.
So there you have it! From all of us at Skirt Fixation; why we sew! Please come visit us and see the latest project the girls made; charity skirts!