I never know how to respond to comments saying “I can’t sew” etc. If all the spotty-faced 13 year old boys in by high school Home Economics class you sew a somewhat wearable T-shirt, in my opinion anyone with a few hours and a bit of patience can sew.
We are the product of a sometimes subtle, sometimes overt message that crafting and sewing were ways to repress women and prevent them from achieving success in other realms of life. Also that domestic creation was inferior to corporate creation.
To me, sewing, cooking and other crafts were something that women who could have been engineers did when they were unable to be engineers. I love making stuff, and I’m actually happier sewing and crafting at home because I chose the projects and create items for my family and friends. Working as an engineer, I was making for other people at the direction of other people – not really as satisfying!
Do I need to make every stitch of clothing my family owns because we live on the prairie and the General Store over in Mankato doesn’t sell RocaWear? No. Do I need to make the linens for my home because they are so pricey that they are beyond the reach of all but the wealthiest citizens of fair Verona? No. But I do need to look in my closet and see a reflection there of who I am and who I want to be.
There is definitely a feeling of satisfaction when you make an item of clothing that fits perfectly, that you just can’t find in the stores (although I have put quite a few of my clothes sewing projects in the Goodwill bin because they were too big/too small/ too big and too small!). I love it when my husband smiles as he puts on his “pyjamas made with love”, or when my son toddles about in his one-of-a-kind pants. It’s a gift to them that keeps giving back to me!
What motivates you to sew? What’s stopping you from giving it a go if you don’t? I’d love to read your comments.