Since becoming a mother and being at home almost full time, my desire to be able to sew has increased significantly. I learn’t to sew/use a sewing machine whilst in high school and I remember my mum doing a little bit here and there and letting us use her sewing machine for the occasional up-cycle project as a teen. My memory tells me I did pretty well with it which is evident by “A” for textiles! As with many things we learn at school you smash it in an exam and then think that we will never really need it again or rather want to use it. I seriously never imagined that as I married and had kids that I would want to be making personal home furnishings, costumes and clothing for them. Teenage me would never have wanted to go fabric shopping and design lovely things for the fam, let alone enjoy doing it too. Isn’t it funny how life experiences change us and our interests move into new realms?!
Earlier this year some local ladies posted on the community FB wall enquiring about whether there were any local and reasonable sewing classes. Whilst I have made the odd baby quilt and for Megs the odd skirt I have REALLY wanted to improve my skills and learn (or rather be reminded of) how to use my sewing machine. For a while I have seen lovely fabrics and even bought some but never had the confidence to attempt anything. I was just as eager as everyone else and after we were able to find a teacher the “Take a break” sewing group was born! We meet every fortnight for 3 hrs on a Saturday where we receive instruction and a helping hand from our lovely and VERY patient teacher. Together we create – sometimes chaos mostly usable fabric things and always a mess! I really love this group and look forward to it – I love to chat and laugh with the other ladies as we attempt to become domestic goddesses. I love to create and see the finished products and I am really getting into refining and improving my sewing skills. This group has become an ordinary part of every other Saturday but I just love it. Everyone is so nice, we share some sweet baked goods, have some fun and make some lovely things, we often justify our mistakes with things like “well the pattern was bigger than I wanted anyway” or “It was just a practice”…its fun but Im sure at times our teacher wants to tear her hair out with us all!
So far I have made a tote bag, Cushion cover and currently battling with some bias binding on a quilted cosmetic purse (that im not interested in anyway hahahaha #justification) Sewing is becoming my new mummy hobby that I love. I already have fabric to make a dress for Megs, blind for the landing, cushion covers and a gift for someone. I want to make both kids some shorts for the summer and PJ’s and I want to make lovely things for people for Christmas. I can actually see as I complete each project how these goals are quite within my reach now, I love that I can make things to my taste and that are so cheap compared to buying them.