Often, I’m asked why I sew.
It’s such a simple, yet not so obvious question to answer.
Why would a (busy) mother of three, handling a full-time job would want to sew clothes for her children (considering that I’m not really forced to do it and there are so many other options available) ?
After all, sewing handmade clothes for your children can be expensive (just consider the cost of fabric, notions, patterns and time needed to make the actual garment) when compared to store-bought clothes (you can always find a cheaper version in a retail store). And as we all know children grow in a blink of an eye so there’s no real justification for buying/making expensive clothes – still I have insist on making good-quality clothes using natural fibers, such as tana lawn, linen and wool, and clean classic lines that withstand the test of time.
Here’s the reason why I do it:
My late grandmother (which I never knew) was a seamstress, working from home to balance the family income. She also sew the wardrobe for her three daughters (including my mother). I’ve heard countless stories, from my mother and aunts, on her exquisite taste (inspired by fashion magazines) and flawless sewing skills (that made her so proud), even if none of them inherit her love of sewing.
Still, and although she never quite enjoyed it, my mother learned to sew (and knit) and made me some wonderful garments while I was little (times were rough back then and sewing was a necessity). These garments are now part of my dearest childhood memories.
These dresses, most of them truly “handmade”, were featured in some of my all-time favorite photos and I often share them with my children, telling them over and over again the story that was behind a particular fabric or pattern. They always bring back so many lovely memories ….
While I was growing up, I had my first attempts at sewing (self-taught during my college years) and, after a long hiatus, I started to sew again when my little girl was born.I had my hands full, with 3 kids, a full time job and there’s was really no need for me to sew her clothes.
I had no formal sewing instruction but relied on the support of so many talented (and generous) seamstresses from all over the world (blogs and Flickr groups are among my major sources of inspiration). I’m truly thankful for all of those that shared their knowledge with me (thank you!).
Despite being time-consuming (as is shopping in my humble opinion), expensive (especially, if you don’t know how to shop wisely) and exhausting (when you try to do it after a long day), I was (as I am today) still deeply committed to do it.
My kids, my family are truly the reason why I sew.
You see, I’m creating our (family) memories …
(and loving every bit of the process, along the way).
So, if you don’t mind me asking: why do you sew?