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 were flying by. I wanted to make my new baby girl her 1st birthday dress. However, I still didn’t know how to sew and that realization shocked me. I always assumed that when I had a daughter, I’d already be a seamstress. However, life had other plans for me which I happily welcomed.
With a new baby, and her very 1st birthday right around the corner, I asked myself “If not now, then when?” I didn’t have an actual answer to that question so I went into my closet and pulled out the sewing machine my dad bought for me when I turned 18.
My dad knew I wanted to learn how to sew way back then when I was 18. Unfortunately, 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 assumed I knew more than I did & in reality, I didn’t understand any of it! I had never actually seen anyone sewing or observed their workflow so it was quite overwhelming trying to wrap my mind around it.
At 18, something as simple as threading the bobbin seemed like a huge 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 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 to never. ever. stop!
It’s 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. Below is a picture of her most recent birthday outfit that I made for her 5th Birthday.
Most recently, I’ve ventured out into making my own handmade wardrobe while continuing my education in pattern making. It’s all a process as I’m also quite busy homeschooling my 3 kids. We’re all about home-learning – for me & for them! After all, I think we learn best when we’re truly curious about things… and homeschooling allows us all to explore life and the world around us with our curiosity leading the way.
Please bear with me as I get this blog up and running! I’m doing it all myself and trying to figure things out as I go. However, 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 embark on this journey of sharing my lovemade & handmade life with you all!
Hope you stick around, leave comments, tips, or advice… and we become friends if we aren’t already. I’d LOVE that!