Seems like the natural progression of every blog leads to a Top 10 list of some sort. So, here’s mine. The Top 10 reasons I sew.
10. It’s WAY cheaper than therapy. All of us have our issues. Don’t lie to yourself – you have ‘em too. Sometimes just doing something productive and hands-on allows my brain time to re-organize and focus more acutely.
9. I like to make stuff. I always have. I’m an old skool crafter…like since 1978, when I was 2. My mom pretty much mandated the crafting culture in our house.
8. It’s a right- and left-brained challenge. Make no mistake – sewing will put your maff skillz to the test. If I had a dime for every time I have added 3/4 to 1/8, I would be able to buy a small country or an army of rickshaws. That would be rad. But, it’s also creative. Figuring out the silhouette of a garment and designing new lines is nothing if not creative.
7. I’m a hoarder. Ok, a controlled hoarder. No one needs to call A&E or anything. I just like to collect sewing stuff…and then I use it. But, I also like my stash. Hoo boy. Well, it’s better than hoarding empty Lean Cuisine boxes, cat box liners or Ramen Noodles.
6. There’s never a shortage of projects on hand. I have drawers and binders packed full of amazing projects jockeying for my attention. I feel like the Duggars’ mom.
5. Fabric and craft stores make for super solid people watching. Have you ever been to Joann Fabrics on fleece sale day??? You should try it, but don’t go there intending to buy anything because the lines are hours long. Just take up a place close to the cutting table and watch the action unfold. I’ll give you a short list, a scavenger hunt of sorts:
- Mom jeans. Tons of mom jeans. Elastic. High waist. Maybe some acid wash. And probably some high waters.
- A few cases of Phil Spector hair.
- Questions about how much fabric it takes to make various garments for cats.
- Women with 2 or 3 carts of bolts of fleece. We’re talking 15-20 bolts. And they only want 1/2 yard of each.
- Tons of great shopper-to-shopper conversations. The “fleecies” are not kidding around. They talk. And loudly. Just listen.
3. The unlikely people I’ve met who share a passion for the thread. I’m not going to say that I used to hide the fact that I sew, but I didn’t always make it immediately known. This was mostly because it used to be considered a “matronly” thing to do. One day, I just decided I didn’t care anymore and started talking about it more. And I found SO many people who either also sew or who are amazed that I do. It’s such a unique trade these days that I love talking about it now.
2. It’s a connection to my mom and grandmother. The nostalgic action of laying out a pattern, cutting, pinning and sewing a garment always makes me think of my mom doing the same on the dining room table when I was a kid. She made me scads of beautiful clothes, including my Prom dress and my wedding dress, which I will always treasure. Sewing is one of the ways she has always shown she loved us.
1. The smile on my daughter’s face when I make her something. I’m sure this is what my mother felt too. It’s an amazing thing to toil over a dress and present it to the biggest, brightest smile I’ve ever seen. There is absolutely no feeling like it. I hope she gets to feel it some day if she has a kiddo.