These five questions were inspired by reader Erin, who reached out recently about her instagram account she thought I/we might appreciate: paperbagwaist. She seeks out sewing patterns that are similar to items by the indie designers we all know and love: Rachel Comey, Elizabeth Suzann, Ace & Jig, etc. I’d been thinking about trying to re-learn how to sew, and this might just give me the push I need! Thanks Erin for sharing 🙂
Anyway, all this is to say that I’ve been thinking for a little while about doing things with my hands again. I actually did a lot when I was younger (like high school/college) and lived at home. My mother was opposed to just sitting and watching tv for example – we had to be doing multiple things at all times LOL. And she always enjoyed doing needlework, quilting, sewing, etc., and encouraged me to do it to. I did cross stitch mostly, but also quilted pieces she put together.
I never learned how to knit, and although my mom made most of my clothes through middle school, I never learned how to sew a garment. I do remember looking through patterns and fabrics to choose what I wanted for the season – I loved that. And honestly, a lot of the garments I love now are rather simple pieces in terms of their patterns. Sourcing fabric is a different story, as Erin noted in an email, but I *think* I could handle putting together a simple pair of pants a la the Florence pants, or a boxy top.
I’ve also been thinking about dying recently – mostly because I can’t seem to sell the linen Ozma jacket/kimono I bought haha. It is still the wrong shape for me, but maybe if I dyed it indigo, or grey I might find it more appealing.
Enough about me…here are the questions! I’m SO EXCITED to read your answers, and would love to hear advice on starting sewing/dying/knitting etc. The best part of these posts are always your comments 🙂
- Do you/have you made your own clothes? what have you made? When?
- Have you ever dyed a garment?
- Do you do handcrafts for fun? What?
- Have you always been interested in sewing/handiwork? Or not? When did you start?
- What are your favorite resources for your preferred craft?