Why I Sew : Amy

Growing up I was lucky enough to live between two dressmakers. One made gowns and sometimes our halloween costumes, and another used to set me up with a jar of buttons and needle and thread. And my mom sewed… a lot. She made some of her clothes and lots of ours… and years of halloween costumes. I always loved making things. In high school I would hack together circle skirts and costumes. But I didn’t really get into sewing until my late 20s. I was living in Boston and started taking continuing ed sewing class at the local high school.

Then I started making Halloween costumes for my niece and some other kids. And the costume making is really my favorite thing. When it’s costume time nothing else happens. I would draft my own patterns and just really wing it. My oldest niece is 13 now and I don’t think I’ve missed a halloween yet.

Then when the wee lad was a baby we moved out of Brooklyn, NY. I had more space and more time… I started reading sewing blogs and stumbled onto Kids Clothes Week. Here were a bunch of people making clothes for their kids and I was like WOW! I can do this! I was also excited to have more control over his clothes. I wanted bright, more gender neutral patterns and colors and making them allows me to really customize everything. There is very little ready-to-wear in his wardrobe.

I will admit that some of the first things I made are not holding up to well, but I’m still proud of them. And I’m so grateful for the KCW community and the sewing friends all over the world that cheer me on.

Making stuff really helps me feel sane. I don’t have as much design work as I used to and are not making as many books. Sewing has become my easy outlet.

I don’t blog much, but you can find me on Instagram.

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  • Reply Elena August 30, 2016 at 12:05 am

    Thank you for your post, Amy! I feel the same about brightness and gender neutrality of self-made kids’ clothes! There are SO many colors and patterns to choose from! Why limit yourself with pink for girls and gray/black for boys? I don’t know, my son loves pink and lilac, so that’s the colors of his favorite sweatshirts! And I personally find dark colors irreplaceable for a baby who starts feeding herself!
    I love the colors and patterns on your photos! So happy, so festive, just right for child’s imagination!

    • Reply Amy Mees August 30, 2016 at 7:24 am

      thanks elena! It’s so great that your able to make clothes for your boy in his favorite colors! my oldest asked me for a rainbow striped shirt yesterday and I’m going to see what i have for fabric 🙂

  • Reply showponyboutique August 31, 2016 at 9:40 am

    That’s amazing! Well written with lovely pic of you.

    • Reply Amy Mees August 31, 2016 at 11:43 am

      thank you!

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