Why I Sew

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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.



2 comments:

  1. I think that you may have the right product at the right time, because there's this whole movement toward simpler living, toward re-purposing things.

    In society, I detect large scale rejection of our use-it-once-and-throw-it-away culture. So the fact that you are giving new life to old clothing, keeping things out of our landfills, makes your products desirable!

    Not to mention, I'm sure they're cute!

    Here's a video that illustrates what people are rebelling against.

    http://www.storyofstuff.com/

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  2. You're right Andrea, I love the story of stuff, and it has started up groups like: http://groups.freecycle.org/Cairns_TablelandsFreecycle/description

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