Hey guys!!! This post is coming to you about a week late… oops! I forgot about how bad my wifi would be last week/weekend and how busy back to school always winds up being. But, here is the last post for our summer season 🙂 -Julie
Growing up in India I never knew anyone in my family or friends circle who sewed or made stuff. When we needed custom fit clothes or alterations we went to the ‘tailor’. And that was my only encounter of sorts with a sewing machine! The only ever time I dabbled in sewing was in 9th grade where I hand sewed dozens of clothes for Barbie. But that was just because I loved to make things with my hands – this time, it was fabric, other times it was paper or paint. I was my happiest self when I was creating something with my hands.
But I didn’t realize it then. Which is why I went on to pursue an absolutely ordinary life of a management grad and an ad campaign manager. Thankfully, my daughter arrived early to bail me out of it! 😉
The birth of my daughter was akin to the beginning of a new chapter in my life – I began to recognise things that brought me the most joy. I learnt to knit and was amazed at how I could make something so beautiful and useful with my own hands.
As I explored knitting I stumbled upon a lot of sewing blogs. And I was totally awestruck looking at all their beautiful creations! This got me dreaming about all the wonderful things I could make for my little girl which would be so unique to her personality.
It took me a lot of courage to take the sewing plunge. I had never as much as touched a sewing machine and all the terminology was so intimidating! But thanks to all you lovely ladies out there who so painstakingly write up excellent tutorials for every little thing, I am able to have my own sewing blog today. It’s been a year and a half since I started to sew and I must say these have been my most satisfying years ever! I am having such a ball taking a flat piece of fabric and transforming it into something I know my daughter will adore!
Sewing takes a lot of time, effort and patience, but it’s all worth it when your daughter refuses to wear anything store bought and insists on wearing only ‘mommy-made’ stuff. Fills your heart with joy. And this is probably possible because as sewing moms we can choose exactly the kind of patterns and fabric that we know our kid will love and feel comfortable in.
That’s another reason why I really love to sew.
I like to dress my daughter in natural fibers (she had a bad case of eczema as a baby) that are organically grown and it’s really hard (and expensive!) to find them in stores. Now I can make clothes for her that can be used year round and are super comfortable to play in. My daughter’s a little artist and I love how sewing lets me let her ‘wear’ her art. Where else is this possible?!
There is one other reason that makes me really glad to sew – it makes me more mindful of everything.. Have you watched the movie ‘The True Cost‘ ? It’s a glaring look into the garment industry. By choosing to sew we are choosing to say no to sweatshops and to mindless consumption. It helps us be slightly more responsible citizens of this planet.
Sewing is now no longer a hobby that I chose to learn as a stay-at-home mom; it’s now my new way of life where I take things slow and savor every little stitch.
Sewing is me!