It’s never to late to follow your passion! I have always known how to sew. It was one of the many things that my mother taught us four girls when we were growing up. It is a skill that my own daughters have no desire to learn! My mother made all of our clothes and it wasn’t until the 6th grade did my sister and I own a store-bought dress! Which we thought was awesome! Throughout my adulthood, I have sewn clothes for myself and my children, but very seldom did my clothes turn out good enough to wear! They always looked homemade. But I continued to shop for fabric and patterns and some got made and some didn’t. Honestly, buying the fabric was the best part!
Growing up in the sixties and seventies, one of my favorite childhood memories were of shopping with my mother at the local fabric store and picking out material and patterns for her to make us. Back then fabric stores had fabric, not like today where most fabric stores are really craft stores, where you can get anything from zippers to beads to construction paper. All I can say is, “Thank goodness for Mood Fabrics!” Even though there isn’t one in my area, I at least know it’s out there!! Which, by the way brings me to Project Runway! Oh heavens!! I can’t even imagine being able to make something without a pattern! But I’m getting way ahead of myself!
About two years ago, I bought a new sewing machine. A really nice one! Who knew that would be the difference between being a sometime sewer to one that sews all the time!! It sewed so well it practically glided across the fabric! So, I bought a shirt pattern and some material and made a shirt. Everything came together and the shirt looked fabulous!! So, I made another one and another one. I had plenty of shirts at that point, so I branched out and made a skirt, then a dress, then another dress. I was getting into the groove!! With each garment I got better and better. I followed the pattern instructions even when it didn’t make sense! (I have trouble with written instructions!)
Anyway, I now have a closet full of clothes that I have made and yes,,, I wear! I’m proud to tell people that my clothes are homemade, I think now “homemade” has a little different meaning than it did even a decade ago. One of the best compliments I ever got was from a gal at work that was admiring a dress I had just recently made. She told me that I was like Carrie from Sex and the City, always so fashionable! Not only in what I wore but with everything! Wow! That was nice to hear especially since half the clothes in my closet are handmade and the other half I bought at Goodwill! (That’s a whole other subject!)
The point of this article is that it is never too late to start working on a passion! I just turned 57 and making great clothes is all I think about, it is what takes up most of my weekends, it’s what I spend my last ten bucks on! I have developed a sewing routine, which I look forward to every weekend. On Friday nights I go to dinner with my kids, then go to Hancocks or Joann’s and shop for material and a pattern or a pattern and material. I never know what will catch my eye. Sometimes I have a direction, other times I let the fabric tell me what it wants to be. I start sewing early Saturday morning and work laundry, cooking and house cleaning throughout the day, in-between sewing on a sleeve or cutting out lining for a coat.
So, start now!! If it’s sewing or gardening or traveling! Start now! I have found that now my kids are all adults, I have time for me! Not that I would give up having kids just so I could sew all day,,,no of course not! The years of helping with homework or going to softball games or ROTC events, were all well spent! I have three great kids to prove it! I do hope that they too will follow their dreams or pursue their passion, at whatever age or place in life they are!!!
Live Happy! Gayla (the other half of IzzySwankStyle)
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