I’ve been thinking a lot about comments people are making on my Twitter. It’s just amazing how many reasons people have for wanting to learn how to sew. Some people want to make curtains and cute home decor items.
Some people want a creative outlet or something to do that doesn’t involve a computer or TV screen. Lots of people, it seems, are obsessed with learning to sew to make their clothing. When I ask them why they want to do that, I get a few responses over and over.
I want to sew my own clothes because I don’t like the fashions in the stores.
This is a great reason to learn sewing. It’s tremendously satisfying to see an image of a dress or fancy jacket in your head and then be able to reproduce it. You don’t need grand schemes to be the next Donna Karan or YSL, for most people it’s enough to be able to make clothing for themselves and their loved ones. But just learning the basics of sewing isn’t going to get you where you want to go. You also need to understand how clothes are put together. How do you take a two-dimensional pattern piece and create a three-dimensional shape that fits with other shapes to make a whole garment? It’s not difficult, but it does take some study. You’ll want to learn to drape (how to create pattern pieces using a real body or dress form.) Pattern drafting is a useful skill, too, but unnecessary unless you plan to reproduce your designs over and over. [Read more…] about Why do you want to sew your own clothes?