Thursday, August 22, 2013

Sewing Modest Clothing on a Shoe String Budget Part 2: Tools

The last post I talked a little bit about defining what your goals and skill levels are. In this post I want to cover some basic tools to consider investing in to aid you in your sewing.  One thing to keep in mind when you are considering starting to sew clothing for yourself, no matter what your goals and budget are there are some investments that you will have to make in order to do it successfully.

Monday, August 19, 2013

Sewing Modest Clothing on a Shoe String Budget Part 1: Introduction and Defining Purpose and Focus

I started sewing clothing for myself when I was probably eight years old. I vividly remember finishing my first project, a super simple, A-line skirt with an elastic waist, and the sense of accomplishment that I felt. In the 12 + years that I’ve been sewing since then, I’ve learned a lot about what works and what doesn’t and how to do it in a manner that is both economical and fashionable. Over the years I’ve had tons of projects, some which have come out beautifully, some which have been a complete flop. Most of what I learned was purely by trial and error, but it was well worth learning and sharing none the less.

The one BIG thing that I’ve found is that, sewing clothing can be a wonderful economical  way to create fashionable modest clothing, but if it’s done incorrectly it can be a horrible money trap. Over the course of the next few posts, I’m going to discuss some of the things that I’ve learned either from personal experience or second hand through teaching sewing classes.