Learning To Sew

learning to sew

I’m bad at relaxing. Well, that’s not true. If you take me out of my natural habitat (my apartment) I am super lazy, and will happily spend all day laying around doing nothing. When I’m at home it’s a different story, and it’s been on my mind lately. Whenever I have some free time, I don’t really have anything I want to do that isn’t work related. I guess that’s good, but sometimes you just get burnt out, you know? It would be nice to have a hobby that is just for me, that doesn’t involve spending a ton of money all the time, and doesn’t require hours of my time all at once. Knitting is good, but there is really a cap on the amount of knit goods I can have in my life/gift to my friends.

I’ve never really been that interested in sewing, mostly because my mom is an awesome seamstress, and I thought in order to sew anything good you needed a lot of time and expensive tools. However, after reading Melissa Esplin‘s blog for a couple months, I realized that it’s totally possible to make your own clothes and not look like, you know, you make your own clothes. I got kind of obsessed. I could make all this awesome stuff for cheaper than I could buy it! It would be a fun, challenging hobby, and it’s not work related or time restrictive.

So… I’m going to learn how to sew. I don’t have ANY tools, so I’m going to start slow and try to avoid my normal impulse to buy all the things when I decide to try something new, since that would literally cost me thousands of dollars if I wanted to get it all at once, but I think I’m going to document my (probably very slow) progress on this blog. I started a sewing Pinterest board to keep track of all of my ideas/cool fabrics that I’ve found, and if you have any advice, hit me up! I’m still trying to decide where to even start, but oh man, am I excited.

  • Gennie

    They make some good “starter” kits at JoAnn’s that have a lot of the stuff you might need to start out with! Includes scissors, pins, tomato for pins, measuring tape, pattern tracing paper. I recommend a kit to start with and then as you use more things or need something more specific, get those things with a 40% off coupon.

    • http://oneandonly.im/blog Alison Citron

      Oh that’s a good idea! I’ve always wanted one of those pin tomatoes..