Why is sewing important?
Sewing has become very popular in the past couple of years! For me, it’s been an interesting skill since my childhood because it’s one that is common in my family. From industrial to fashion sewing, to different handmade crafts – I’ve been exposed to those growing up so it naturally became my own hobby. So much so that I even turned the love for fabric and fashion into a full time online business from home!
What are the benefits of sewing?
As mentioned above, sewing can be both hobby and a full time job. For me it started as one and became the other as well. Plus there are many different talented designers, stay-at-home-moms and others who run sewing tutorial videos on YouTube, sell sewing patterns on Instagram and write lifestyle blogs to share their skill with the rest of us. I follow many of these beautiful guys because when you really enjoy something you want to grow, learn and improve.
Here are my Top 7 reasons for why the sewing is so beneficial!
- Creative outlet – personally, I find sewing very therapeutic. Not only while on maternity leave, but in general. Ever since I’ve started to create my work, whether it is sewing, repeat pattern making, painting or calligraphy – there is a sense of relief after a stressful day when you can sit down in your creative space (corner or a studio – the dream of mine ha!) and start making. When you look around outside, pull out a small handmade diary and scribble a few inspirations or ideas you just had. I love the quiet at night when you can focus, when there is nowhere to attend, nothing to prepare, nothing to distract you. No, I don’t sew at night haha! But I do prepare sewing patterns, cut out fabric and pre-iron so that in the day I can just sit down and start.
- Learning new skill – this benefit really goes hand-in-hand with the first one mentioned above. Learning a new skill makes you feel good, it makes you feel like you are growing, plus when it’s a skill you really enjoy it barely feels like a duty. And once you’re on this journey you can turn the skill into a profitable one. Nowdays, there are great options that allow you to earn from home while staying with your children and family. You can still utilize whatever skill you already have, add more skills that you enjoy and can really be good at and then offer these skills locally or online. And this brings me to the next point!
- Making money – sewing skills are so broad that if you are a skillful seamstress you can offer your services to earn an income! There are many options to choose from – adult’s fashion, kid’s fashion, pets, home decor or even film industry! There are costume designers who don’t complete projects for regular use but they focus on meeting needs of such specific industry!
And what about the other options – sewing locally, sewing and selling physical products online, producing printed and PDF sewing patterns, teaching sewing skills via online courses, teaching starting a sewing business from home? Just choose your favourite place and start!
- Supporting other small businesses – ever since starting my own sewing business I’ve discovered this important point. As part of my own artwork I am able to support other small businesses and we compliment each other! I regularly purchase handmade material, fabrics, sewing patterns and different workshops to support the community of creative businesses – because just like mine we all need customers to be able to continue. Plus when you begin to promote your work for business and you share the other businesses, you will end up making friendships with some really amazing people!
- Making unique designs you cannot find in the shop – THIS! Is it just me or do you too sometimes have such specific idea of what you want that there is no way you’ll find it anywhere in the shop? OR you find something and meet a couple of people in the store wearing the same thing? OR the opposite – you find PRECISELY what you want and it’s ‘sold out’ or ridiculously expensive? This happens to me all the time and although I like to invest in unique pieces even if they are a bit pricey, I also like to learn how my very favourite styles are made. Often times I find similar sewing pattern and then experiement with the design until I find my own, personalised result!
- Personalized gifts – aww this is my favourite!! Sewing is an amazing way to make something for others – something that is unique and will be just for them. Depending on what they like, you can again try a variety of projects from fashion to kid’s designs to home decor ideas. Pinterest is one of the most amazing inspirations out there where you can browse and find a ton of ideas even for FREE!
- Saving money in shops – a big one. Sewing for toddlers and kids? Age two to four years? How many of the bodysuits, joggers or sweatshirts get spoiled playing, learning to eat or just because at this age children seem to grow overnight! Buying a piece of stretchy knitted fabric or double gauze (the amount needed is minimal!) and a simple pattern, you are able to create original and trendy designs for a fraction of the cost!
The latest sewing project
Kimono style robe
For my latest sewing project I have to share an amazing Kimono-style oversized Almada robe, by Colette Patterns ! This pattern has quickly become one of my favourites because it has gorgeous elements of Japanese style fashion. One of the most popular designs of my Handmade Clothing Ship is the linen kimono inspired Evangeline dress with matching handmade belt so I can’t wait to use the same quality neutral-shade linen fabric for the Almada robe as well!
However, this time I used very light cotton gauze fabric in faded denim blue, with the same fabric in ecru white with tiny blue flowers for the waist tie.
Right after the purchase I received the fabric on my email, I printed off the 40-page pattern together with Instructions Booklet. After the fabric was prewashed I cut out the pattern pieces and made the robe, extending the length of the initial pattern by approx. 30cm. The result is an oversized sophisticated design which I love – I did learn though that using heavier weight fabric will probably be easier next time and will hold the body of the robe a bit better.
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