As you may know, when I started sewing I did NOT want to use patterns. I decided I can figure it out myself. I think this thought process came from my first few attempts to learn to sew. You see, I am not one who likes to be told this is exactly how you have to do it. I happen to believe there are multiple different ways to accomplish something, and they are neither right or wrong. Whatever works best for you, do it! I don’t like being boxed in. I think thats what my first few sewing sessions taught me about sewing. I came away from those feeling like sewing had to be perfect and you couldn’t stray from the pattern or guide. Not my cup of tea. So when I found Pinterest I realized, sewing really doesn’t have to be like that. I can follow this tutorial and if I don’t feel like doing a step, I don’t have anyone to tell me I have to! It was very freeing. Sure I messed many projects up because I thought I could take a short cut, when I really couldn’t, but that is what caused me to learn. I was very against taking classes or following patterns. I look back at my stubbornness then and slightly laugh, because I probably could have saved myself lots of headaches, but at the same time, I also learned ALOT by trial and error.
Now that I am pretty confident in the way I sew, I recently branched out and started making my own clothes. It started when I randomly decided to buy a pattern class online. I purchased it because I wanted to learn Illustrator, and wanted to make Kina more clothes. Going through the class sparked an excited for making handmade clothes and making patterns I never knew was there. I started buying some patterns because I wanted to see how they put them together, how they worded things, you know learn from the best. I have become addicted. I absolutely love that I can buy a pattern and whip up a handmade garment from scratch. It is like the most amazing feeling. I have learned that sewing with patterns doesn’t limit me in anyway. It takes away all the grunt work, but it still leaves me with the room to create something totally one my own. I can print out the pattern, make it, or I can alter it a bit to create something completely different.
I just recently released my own pattern also. I started with the Deluxe Wallet from my Etsy shop, because I was really familiar with it. It wasn’t as intimidating as starting with a garment. I may release my other wallet pattern in the future, but for now I have a garment pattern idea in my mind. I can’t wait to start working on it!
I love being able to customize clothes to exactly what fits me and exactly what I want. I have much more fun shopping in a fabric store than in a mall. And sewing is my happy place. It is where I fuel my creative need. I can’t wait to see where this next sewing journey leads me!
How about you? Do you like the wing it or sew with patterns? Have you ever tried a pattern? Here are a few of my favorite pattern shops if you are interested:
And a few of my favorite online stores to buy fabric: