“There is no end to education. It is not that you read a book, pass an examination, and finish with education. The whole of life, from the moment you are born until the moment you die, is a process of learning.” ~ Jiddu Krishnamurti
I don’t know everything and I’ll be the first to admit it. I also quite frequently say that when it comes to skills and knowledge, “If you don’t use it, you lose it.”
I was taught to sew at a young age. I took home-ec classes in junior high and high school. I sewed most of my children’s clothes when the oldest three were 10 years old and younger. I sewed many of my own clothes. I made shirts for my husband.
And then life got in the way.
I didn’t get to sew as often or as much.
I have a stash of fabric and patterns galore. But for some reason I am hesitant to sew. For the longest time I didn’t have a clue what was going on. And then suddenly this week, it hit me!
I have lost faith in my sewing skills. It’s been so long since I’ve sewn on a regular basis that I feel rusty and I fear that I will make a mess of whatever I attempt and end up scrapping it all into the waste bin.
I recently made a dress — I made a muslin first as it was a rather fitted dress and the muslin fit perfectly. I cut out the dress, sewed it together and for some reason it was too loose at the top. I was undergoing some stress at the time and assumed that it was due to weight loss, but after listening to some podcasts and doing some reading, I believe that the problem was due to the fabric being stretched and misshapen as I sewed. I was frustrated. I’ve been sewing for years!! How did I not catch this!! UUUGGGGGHHHHH.
So, I’ve started sewing lessons again – via online. Basic stuff to refresh my memory as well as moving to the advanced lessons as I am able and have time. Something that I enjoy and provides a creative outlet should not be avoided due to frustration and angst at having lost skills due to inactivity. I’m excited to start sewing again and being able to wear my handiwork.
If you’re a beginner and you’d like to try sewing, or if you have experience but you’ve let it fall by the wayside and you’d like to start again, you can check out Sew It Academy and follow MimiG Style on Instagram.