I’ve been sewing since I was a kid. My mother taught me, along with a room full of 4-H ladies with a million opinions. I think my first real project was a sky blue cloud print mini-skirt with sparkles. SPARKLES. It still exists somewhere in my mother’s attic. It was horrific, but it would be the first of many more crimes against fashion I would create and perpetuate in the early 2000s.
Only recently has sewing become something I do thoughtfully. It’s a skill I want to develop not only because it is rare but because I want to reclaim the personality in my clothing and the humanity in what I purchase.
- Sewing is a creative outlet that produces something useful. The product is valuable because it is unique and because it is a useful good. (Unlike the embroidery I am also obsessed with. Shh.)
- Sewing allows one (with reclaimed fabric, two) more degree of control over the manner in which the goods I am purchasing are produced.
- At home sewists can focus on creating quality, timeless garments that last far longer than one season and ultimately consume less.
- Sewing is engineering with fabric! I think because at-home sewing has always been female-dominated, it’s assumed to be easy. But, as Feynman discovered, there can be quite a lot of math.
- Sewing is cool.