Have you ever walking into a store, picked up a piece of clothing and thought to yourself, “I can do this!”? If you’re like me, and you hate paying ridiculous prices for something you could make yourself, you might consider learning how to sew. Not only is it a whole lot cheaper than paying retail, but it’s also a great way to unleash your creative fashionista.
I first learned how to sew when I was in my late 30s. I was nervous at first, especially since it feels like the older you get, the harder it is to learn new things. I didn’t know the first thing about sewing, so I signed up for a sewing class to learn the basics. Before long I was altering my old clothes, crafting cute little purses and even making my own patterns!
It was such a blast being able to do something creative like that, and part of me felt like a kid in arts and craft class all over again. I found myself obsessing over each next project and constantly looking out for new ideas. I couldn’t wait to try and imitate different styles I’d admired in the magazines or in the shop windows. The great thing was that I could find inspiration in the things around me, but also put my own creative twist on it.
After the first few weeks of the sewing class I finally had something to show for it – a gorgeous yellow dress that was perfect for summer. It was a cute little sleeveless number with tiny ruffles at the bottom. It was custom-fit for my body shape and draped at all the right places. I couldn’t believe how many compliments I got on it! The best part was that when my friends asked me where I got the dress, I could proudly tell them, “I made it!”. The look on their faces was priceless. Then came the costumes. First I was Marie Antoinette, then Catwoman and even a Medieval princess. These costumes would have cost me loads to hire, and even more to buy, but with my trusty sewing machine I was able to make them at a fraction of the cost – tailoring them to suit my body specifically.
Perhaps the most surprising thing about the entire experience was the range of people who were taking the sewing class. There was everyone from teenagers to senior citizens, and even a few men thrown in the mix! By the end of the course, we all walked away with bags filled with our freshly sewn goodies. Best of all, we all left with a useful new skill. Now, when I walk into the store and look at the clothes on the racks, I tell myself, “I really can do this!”