Today I picked up a new dress pattern from work! For those of you who don’t know, I work in a local fabric shop when I’m back from uni. As you can imagine, it’s pretty much a dream part time job for a sewing lover like me. Being constantly surrounded by beautiful fabrics is such a wonderful source of inspiration, though it can mean that I’ve spent my wages before I’ve left work sometimes!
But seriously, having the opportunity to work with women who know so much about sewing is something that I’ll forever be grateful for. I always used to feel a bit intimidated by sewing, especially dressmaking. It felt like everyone was talking in their own language when it came to things like sewing patterns and different types of fabric, and this was pretty scary for fourteen year old me! I’ve since come to learn that sewing is something to be enjoyed, an experience that should be a creative outlet for you! It really doesn’t matter if you don’t know what that fabric you like is called, if you like it and you think it’ll sew nicely, who cares?!
The most important thing I’ve learnt during my time working at the shop is to RELAX. Sewing’s a hobby! It should be fun. Don’t feel embarrassed if you don’t know what type of interfacing you need to use, or what the difference between a concealed zip and a regular zip is. The truth is, we all didn’t know that at some point. And the sewing community is actually really helpful- just ask!
Now that I’m 19, I’ve gotten over my fear of sewing. I’m not the most skilled sewer, I haven’t been professionally trained or anything, but I am so excited to sew my new dress! And if it goes wrong, who cares, that’s what unpickers are for!
I cannot wait to start this new project and discover new skills along the way. Have any of you guys got any projects on the go? Or questions about sewing? Let me know in the comments! I’d love to hear from you all.
Best wishes, Maddie.