I started sewing about 5 years ago. If you have followed along you know I never believed I could be creative enough to sew. It always intrigued me and I began playing around with it. The more I sewed, the more confident I became. I also started to really love it. Now here I am 5 years later working my way toward a handmade wardrobe. Sewing is more than just a hobby, it is a part of me now. This little blog and my sewing machine are part of my calling. At times I wish I could see the big picture. How all the pieces fit together but I am beginning to just enjoy this calling instead of trying to max it out to see huge results.
I have gone through several stages of sewing. I started sewing because it felt so rewarding to completely make something from scratch. The love of sewing has always driven me the most, but I also started making money from it too. Selling something I made with love was another great reward of sewing. I have always loved sewing no matter what it was I was making. When I dove into garment making, I found a totally different level of excitement for sewing. You know when you finally find exactly what you love, that kind of thing. I think sewing clothes is my niche in the sewing world. I can’t get enough of it. Knowing that I can make whatever I need or want without shopping for days is super cool. However the more I sew clothes the more I realize I am doing it not only because I love it, but because it makes a tiny difference in the world. Sewing used to be a way of life that slowly became extinct. I do think it is making a comeback, but there are many people I hear say “it just isn’t worth it.” I think it depends who you are. Maybe it isn’t worth it to you, but it is to me and here’s why.
- Custom Fit: When I sew my clothes I make them to fit ME. I am not grouped in to an average size pool. My body is not the “average” body so many times when I follow a pattern I have to grade between sizes. This results in a fit perfect for my body. I also have the option to make even further customizations to my garment to get it exactly the way I want. Maybe a dress pattern is not long enough, I can easily lengthen it to fit my taste. No more shopping for hours trying to find the perfect length dress, or the shirt that fits right, I can just make it. Hey it’s time sewing or time shopping right? I would rather sew. I can make the waist of the garment hit exactly where I want it, gone are the unflattering dress waists that hit at exactly the wrong spot. Even if there is no other reason to sew, getting a custom fit alone is worth it.
- Custom Look: I can make anything I want. The possibilities are endless. I most likely won’t have the same dress as someone else. End of story.
- Quality: I can make a garment out of whatever fabric I want and spend my time sewing it to the best of my ability. That means quality is not sacrificed.
- Rewarding Feelings: The feeling I get when I finish a garment is so rewarding. To take a pile of fabric and turn it into something cute and wearable is so rewarding. Then when someone compliments you on your outfit it just multiplies the feeling.
- Therapy: Sewing is my happy place. It is my therapy. Since I also make money sewing at times it can get stressful and cease to be my therapy. When that happens I just have to step back and take a break from “business sewing” and make a few fun things just for me or my family! Overall business and personal sewing is my therapy session if you will!
- Impacting the world a tiny bit: By sewing as much of our families clothes as I can, I impact the fashion world a tiny bit. I make up one less person that is demanding the “fast and cheap fashion.” One less person demanding the factories oversees even less money to work on so I can have cheaper clothes. Now I am not saying that I will never buy a store bought garment again, that is far from the truth. I am saying I am trying to make a difference how I can, and even though it may be small it is a step in the right direction.
Do I think you have to jump on this bandwagon and boycott all fashion and start sewing? Not at all! (on the other hand I would never discourage an aspiring seamstress!) I do however think we all have special gifts we can give to make a tiny difference in this world. I want to share what is on my heart right now (avoiding fast fashion) to encourage you to search your heart to find how you can help. I think its so easy to get sucked into the lie that what you do doesn’t matter. It does!
I think we can all make a difference. If you want to share your difference follow me @darcyschock on Instagram and use #differencebyone to inspire others to follow their passion. Because every single day each one of us make a difference if it feels significant or not. Why not share it to inspire all of us to do better one person at a time.