Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Why sew?

I think this has been percolating around in the subconscious nooks and crannies of my mind for a while, and while skimming through one of the sewing boards tonight a thread titled 'Why do you sew?' caught my eye.

I was skimming, so I didn't dig into it, but I suddenly thought, 'So I am not at the mercy of the fashion industry.'

I may save some money, now that the initial investments are pretty much paid off, but that really isn't my main motivation.

I want to be able to sew a 20-year out of style blouse if I want to.

I want to be able to make a new garment in a color that suits me...whether or not Pantone likes it.

I want to be able to have clothes fit the way I want them to, not the way a bottom-line conscious off-shore garment manufacturer believes is good enough.

I want to be reasonably sure the buttons won't fall off the first time I wear the garment.

Basically, I want to dress myself...not be reliant on someone else to do it.

So, how 'bout you? Any one else sew primarily because you want to be your own fashion boss? ;)


  1. Once upon a time I dreamed of being a fashion designer. Then life happened and 40 years later...I am a fashion designer...for myself!

  2. For all the reasons you stated and also for the creative release. I think it's good to ask from time to time why we sew...just to remind us that it's something we are passionate about.

  3. Why I sew is such a big question. I am just drawn to it. I like working with fabric and sewing machines. My biggest practical issues are fit and cost. I see RTW clothes made cheaply but priced dear. And I have always had a problem with fit and for something to look sharp it must fit. Now I have been sewing so long it seems a part of life.

  4. Reasons I sew:

    1. Fit

    2. Fit

    3. Fit

    4. I like the creativity of it.