When I was 16, I had an AWESOME idea: make a dress out of a pillowcase.
So I tried it... and my family made fun of me. Although I was a confident 16 year old, I didn't take the criticism well and, after a few outings in a skirt with an uncomfortable elastic waist that didn't fit right, I admitted defeat and put the sewing machine away.
I continued to shop in thrift stores (much to my mother's horror!), and loved finding unique clothes that suited my tastes, not just the latest Gap designs that everyone else wore. I loved finding cool clothes at bargain prices.
Fast forward to 2010.
With the birth of my daughter came a hungry creative desire to sew. After a quilting class, a borrowed sewing machine, and endless hours reading countless sewing blogs, I realized this was super fun and not as hard as I thought it was going to be.
I had The Bug. But fabric in Australia is expensive. How do I sew and make cute stuff without costing too much?
Then I remembered my vintage 10 cent pillowcase skirt idea from 1997 and hit the local thrift store. I beelined to the "Fill a Bag for $5" rack, grabbed all sorts of shirts/shorts/blouses while my kids played with the old teddy bears.
It was perfect: thrifted clothes + sewing machine + my kids = Stellar Clothing.
And now, with zero experience and hundreds of mistakes, I love making clothes for my kids, I love when mothers comment on their cuteness, and - I admit - I love it when I can say, "Oh I made that!" And despite my Market Epic Fail, I have someone out there that paid money for my clothes.
So why do I sew? My husband reminds me of a time a few years ago when I said, "I'd never want a sewing machine! Make kids clothes? Pff! They're so cheap to buy!"
I used to laugh a people like me. But now I sew. I am the Stellar Mother.