My first sewing experiences date from when I was 18. After I graduated from high school in 1996 in Belgium, I flew over to San Antonio in Texas to become an exchange student in Winston Churchill high for one year. Because graduating over there had no extra value for me (when working in Belgium) I deceided to compose my own lesson package. One of those lessons was Home Economics class with one trimester of sewing. I liked it a lot. I made a denim dungarees dress.
After that year I went to college and the sewing disappeared. It took me 14 years to rediscover my passion with the sewing machine. I was pregnant with Stan, my oldest son, and I wanted to make my own birth treats. My mother in law helped me sew it all together. The love for sewing was back. People started asking me how I made those little bags. I got tired of mailing them one by one and a blog seemed a good solution at the time. That was the start of my blogging life.
Since then sewing has changed my life. It has given me satisfaction and self esteem in life. It is such a great feeling creating something, making it your own. Every time I make something, I hang it up in our living room like an art piece and I just look at it (or touch it).
Sewing provides me with an intellectual challenge for example when I adjust or create my own patterns.
Sewing has changed my life socially. Through my blog I met wonderful people, even good friends. I can honestly say that sewing people are nice people.
I can resume that sewing has become a part of my life. I can not see a life without it. It starts to define me.
Sewing is not something that I do. It is what I am!
Lindsy Van Espen