When I turned 25, I set out on a mission to learn how to sew. It had been a goal of mine for years upon years and turning 25 opened my eyes to how quickly the years fly by. I wanted to make my new baby girl her 1st birthday dress, but I still didn’t know how to sew and that realziation knocked the air out of me. I always assumed that when I had a daughter, I’d already be a seamstress or designer or doing something in fashion, but somehow I lost my way. I asked myself “If not now, then when?” and because I didn’t have an actual answer, I went into my closet with a mission. The mission was to take out the sewing machine my dad had bought for me when I turned 18 – and finally figure it out.
See, my dad knew I wanted to learn how to sew way back then when I was 18, but there weren’t any sewing schools in my area at the time so I bought some sewing books and he bought me the sewing machine. The sewing books, however, assumed I knew more than I did & in reality, I didn’t understand any of it! I had never seen anyone actually sew or observed their workflow so it was all overwhelming trying to wrap my mind around it and how I could fit it into my life. At 18, something as simple as threading the bobbin seemed like a task and I just didn’t have it in me to keep going. I didn’t have the foresight to see that threading the machine was a basic part of sewing & because I had way too many questions, I gave up. Typical 18 year old! Giving up way too soon… and thinking I had all the time in the world to learn.
Life passed by so quickly from 18-25, and disappointment consumed me at 25 when I realized that I was letting a dream of mine die without giving it a real chance. That fueled my determination to try again… and never ever stop.
Almost 5 years later – This is where I am. I’ve been sewing birthday dresses for my oldest daughter since her 1st birthday back in November 2012, and I’m still learning and improving.
Most recently, I’ve ventured out into making my own handmade wardrobe while learning the ins and outs of pattern making… and I’ll be documenting it all very soon here on my blog, Lovemade Handmade.
I am in the process of getting it up and running so please be patient with me, but I promise as soon as I figure this all out, you will be reading a lot more from me. I am excited and looking forward to embarking on this journey!
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