mom_headshot_tempEverything we use on a daily basis has been designed by someone; the coffee pot, your bathrobe, and the sugar bowl have all been designed by a person who spent time thinking about how the item will look, feel, and function. What I find most appealing about considering any new thing that might make its way into my life is the combination of material, colour, function, shape, and whether or not it makes me feel good to look at or use. I am attracted to sewing because I can control those aspects of design in what I wear.

I have been sewing on and off for most of my life.  Motivated by cost, fit, and design, most of my effort has been directed to making my own clothes. Although I consider myself an advanced sewer because I understand construction techniques, and because I have been sewing for a very long time, there is still a lot of room for improvement in the area of execution. I want to become much better at sewing and I’m going to do that by joining the slow fashion movement, in my own way, by making rather than buying most of what I wear.

My idea for this blog is to improve my skills and to connect with other sewers who also are hoping to learn new things. I will share my results along the way but I will be especially trying to learn from anyone else who wants to share their knowledge and ideas because I think that one of the ways to improve the items I make myself is to take the time to appreciate the things others have made.