The idea was to share my fashion sewing avocation - why I do it, and why others might consider taking up the hobby. I brought a bunch of my sewn clothing, emphasizing all the variations on "t shirts" that I have done.
I also brought a bunch of sewing and inspirational resources to share.
Some of the women also brought samples of clothing they had sewn. A beautiful wedding coat. Baby dresses. And Kay, who presented with me, brought her beautiful handbags - and sold quite a few of them! It was, from my viewpoint, a resounding success. Because two young women (13 years old) asked me for very specific info on book resources, and two others specifically told me that they were going out to get fabric and SEW tomorrow!
How awesome is that?
Here is the outline I gave out today:
Step I - Inspiration
Your Life – What Would You Like to Wear?
If it’s true that All the world’s a stage (Shakespeare, “As You Like It”), then what part would you play?
Your roles vary depending on the need and the venue. You are playing a part whether you actively choose to or not.
The Street and Publications-- Vogue Bazaar NY Times Fashion Section Fashion Exhibits and Books
“Snoop Shopping” Designers/Ready to Wear (examine the work of those you like.)
Basic Sewing Machine (straight stitch, zigzag, buttonholer) – buy quality – it’s worth it! (Baby Lock, Bernina, Pfaff are no-fail brands) (if you want to go slow and steady, you can choose to hand-stitch…but accept that your projects will take a l-o-o-o--ong time!)
Scissors, Pins, Needles, Thread, Measuring and Marking Tools (Joann Fabrics is a good local source – but their fabric offerings are spotty.)
(there are multitude of resources out there! But for your first step, go to Jomar – great fabrics at low prices)1721 Markley St., Norristown, PA 19401 610-277-2856
Step III – The Ability
The best way to learn is to jump in. Purchase a pattern, basic equipment, fabric and go for it! Pick a style with simple lines and not fitted if this is your first project.
· Sew U: The Built By Wendy Guide to Making Your Own Wardrobe – A “just do it” guide to sewing many different styles of shirt, skirts and pants using basic patterns included in the book.
· Anything by Sandra Betzina.
· Claire Shaeffer's Fabric Sewing Guide
· The Vogue Sewing Book
· Reader's Digest Complete Guide to Sewing