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why I sew: lindsay

Hi everyone, it’s Lindsay here, with my last post for the season. I’m writing today about why I sew.

Three years ago, my husband gave me a sewing machine for Christmas. I think he had heard me grumbling about the price of curtains and how I was sure I could make them for much cheaper. Ha! Obviously, I had not yet realized that sewing rarely saves you money! It was a basic machine, but it did the trick. Consequently, I’ve been making exaggerated sighs while sewing and “accidentally” leaving my Amazon wish list open on the iPad in hopes of getting a serger this year 🙂

Apart from learning to sew a pretty pitiful pot holder in my 6th grade home economics class, I’m self taught and making lots of mistakes as I go! I love the feeling of accomplishment I get from learning something new. I remember the day I finally figured out how to make buttonholes. I thought to myself, “now I can sew anything!” I’m still working on perfecting those buttonholes and so many other skills.

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I started sewing at a time that I was really having a hard time with work-life balance. I have a meaningful job that helps provide for my family (I’m a pediatric nurse). Despite that, I struggle with wanting to be home more with my kids and to not miss out on anything in these early years. I think, in many ways, sewing helped me battle some of the mom guilt. I’m not domestically inclined in the traditional sense. My cooking ability is marginal and my kids assume someone must be coming over when they see me dusting. Sewing clothes for my kids is that special thing I can do for them. Though it might seem counter-intuitive that adding something to my plate would help with balance, for whatever reason, it just helps me feel like a better mom.

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Another reason I sew is that I have a fashion obsessed five year old. I should clarify that “fashion” to her just means it has to be a skirt or a dress. She is my fabric shopping partner and is always excited to try on a new dress hot off the machine. I often don’t find things in stores that we both agree on, so handmade has been a good solution. I know we will be in the awkward tween years in the blink of an eye, so I’m soaking it up while I still can! I like sewing boy stuff too. However, my little guy insists on wearing the same Batman t-shirt nearly every day, so I’m just not willing to waste any of my precious stash on something he will refuse to wear.

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I have always been an artsy/crafty person. I used do musical theater, dance, and I’ve always enjoyed making things. At one point in my college career I was double majoring in music and genetics. Then I realized that was crazy sauce and I would be in school for ten million years. Some time after that, I lost track of that part of me all together. I think I fell hard for sewing because I was, unknowingly, in need of something to bring that back. Not that any art form is any less valuable, but making things that will be worn helps the practical part of me justify all the time and lost hours of sleep!

Compared to others, I have been sewing a relatively short time. Even still, it feels so ingrained in me now, that I know it will be lifelong pastime. As my youngest is just nine months, I’ll be making kid clothes for a while. Someday, when my kids are no longer interested in wearing mama-mades, I’m looking forward to spending some more time on building my own handmade wardrobe and starting to quilt.

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I’ve never really given the “why” a lot of thought, so this post has been interesting to write. Hopefully you’ve been able to relate to some of the things I’ve mentioned here or in previous posts. I don’t have my own blog (maybe someday?), but you can follow me out on Instagram. I’ve been so inspired by all the amazing work this season that I have already added many things to my incredibly unrealistic to-sew list. How about you?

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why I Sew- Stacey of Boy, Oh Boy, Oh Boy Crafts

Hi, Stacey here today to tell you about why I sew.  Honestly, this should really be titled, “Why Don’t I Sew” because I could probably ramble on for a book’s length about why I do sew.

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 1.  Zippered Dragon Vest        2.  Schoolboy Vest        3.  Angry Bird Backpack          4.  Cowlneck Bimma Sweater

I started sewing to keep my creative juices flowing after an abrupt life change from full-time teacher to stay-at-home mom as an expat in a foreign country.  After having an entire school’s worth of teachers to interact with each day, as well as my own students, the stay-at-home life felt extremely isolating. In those first years of living overseas, it felt like my entire life revolved around wiping snotty noses, changing diapers, and meeting the demands of caring of a family.  Add the stress of a new culture and language and I was begging for a creative outlet.  Some thing that was wholly mine and sewing fit the bill.  

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 1.  Prepster Pullover         2.  Bear Hoodie         3.  Hulk Inspired Convertible Pants            4.  Winter Wonderland Collection

Things are a little different now.  Now that two boys are off to school full time and one is in half day Kindergarten, I have a little more free time.  I still sew as a creative outlet but it also fills a burning desire to learn more and perfect the sewing skills I’ve acquired.  I love the act of taking a piece of fabric, designing a garment, and molding it into my own vision. There is something so affirming about creating a wearable garment.  I gain a feeling of accomplishment from each and every piece I finish and even more so when I come across something that’s been a challenge (aka; the seam ripper appeared a LOT.)

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 1.  Bimma Sweater and Harem Pants         2.  Lillestoff Dragon Vest          3.  Dachshund Pajamas          4.  Inverted Triangle T-shirt

The contacts and friends I’ve made also drive my sewing.  It’s wonderful to have found a community of women with the same interests, whose own projects inspire me to continue pushing myself as a seamstress.   I add things to try to my list of things to sew every week- doubly so when it’s Kid’s Clothes Week.

Sewing is one of the great passions in my life.  It’s something that can break me out of a funk and always challenges me.  Sewing makes me happy and that, truly, is the most important reason I sew.

How about you?  Why do YOU sew?  Do you have trouble finding ready to wear clothing that fits well?  Do you sew for a sense of stress relief?  Do you sew for your business or because it makes you happy to give handmade gifts?  I want to know.  Why do YOU sew?

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why i sew: jess from gracious threads

I’ve been asked many times why I spend so much time and effort sewing my children’s clothing. Many people assume it is to save money; sadly my addiction to beautiful fabrics means I probably spend more on fabric, patterns, and machines than I would buying inexpensive mass produced clothing. I wanted to share with you today my motivation. I sew for…

…clothes that last

Kids should be free to play, explore, and make messes, and I want their clothes to be able to keep up with them. Double stitched hems, durable linings, and high quality supplies are all the ways that I make clothes last, even to be passed on to siblings and cousins.

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1. Ottobre Jacket, Gracious Threads Everest Pants 2. B*Inspired Scarlett Dress 3. Ottobre Jacket, Gracious Threads Petra Tee, Mem Rose Skirt

…clothes that fit

My first real attempts at pattern manipulation and drafting were inspired by my beautiful oldest daughter. She is very petite (does not take after her mother!), and ready to wear clothes hang terribly, if they even stay up at all! It gives me so much joy to see her wearing age appropriate, well fitting clothes, even if she doesn’t wear a typical size for her age.

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1. Ottobre vest, Jalie top, Love Notions Maxine Pants 2. Gracious Threads Star Anise Dress 3. Ottobre Tee

…a sane mama

Ok, so that might be a bit of an exaggeration, but I really do feel that sewing has help me keep a healthy balance in life. I am blessed to take a few years away from teaching (except of the occasional substitute teaching) to stay home with my children. While parenting has its own challenges, I enjoy learning new skills and stretching my brain. In the past few years, my sewing has brought me to learn about textiles, pattern drafting, photography, blogging, and running a small business. And it all began with needle and thread!

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1. Sisboom Ethan and Charming Doodle Kudzu Cargoes 2. Sisboom Tobago 3. Gracious Threads Rainbow Tee  

It has been such an honour to be part of another season of Kid’s Clothes Week. I loved seeing all your creations and can’t wait to do it again soon!