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MapleCandy3
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Date: 5/6/10 0:22 AM

I really enjoyed reading the mens stories (there is now a new mens board) on why/how they started sewing and I thought that it'd be nice to get to know each other here a bit!

I shall start!

I've always been interested in sewing, although I'm not sure why. Growing up, my mom had a sewing machine that was in the living room but I think I can count on one hand how many times she has made a garment. lol

My first exposure to sewing was in high school during the required home-ec in grade 9. I loved it and made a couple pillows, and a hand bag - which 12 years later I am still using as my gym bag! I wanted to take the grade 10 course but even in high school I was a larger woman. I was SURE that the teacher wouldn't have patterns in my size, and was afraid that she'd somehow announce this to the class.

Then nothing....until I was about 20 and at Carleton University. I was dieting for the first time and decided that when I lost all the weight my reward would be a sewing machine and lessons. Well I didn't lose it after 2 years, and then I thought, Why am I waiting to do something I've wanted to do since I was 14?!?!?!?!? So I bought a machine and took lessons almost 3 years ago AND LOVED IT!!!!!!!!

I am so glad I didn't keep waiting. Not only is sewing a lot of fun, but it has changed the way I dress.

When I started sewing my RTW wardrobe was 100% ugly/cheap casual. Emphasizing the UGLY here. Then when I started sewing, for the first time I became interested in fashion. I started to care more about how I look and I started to switch to more nice casual. Three years later (I'm 25) and I am starting to yearn for a more dressy/dressy casual look. I am going to make some button-up tops in dressy fabrics this summer and hopefully this fall start tackling dress pants. Even though I don't sew most of my wardrobe it really was the push to start dressing better.

I can't wait to see where my sewing will be in another 5 years!

Looking forawrd to hear some great stories,
MapleCandy

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Date: 5/6/10 1:31 AM

When I was 7 my brother came and asked me if I wanted to pull our mother's scraps out of the garbage and make rugs to place by our beds. We both made them, but I think that was one of his last sewing adventures. My stitches were about 1-1/2 inches long, so to call the rug fragile would be an understatement. I sewed doll clothes (never played with them, though) for quite a few years. I had a couple patterns, but I also checked out library books for ideas. I finally got to use my mother's machine when I was twelve, and I restitched that rug. The rug disappeared when I went to college. I wish I still had it to hang on my sewing room wall.

My mother sewed, but she never taught me anything (except how to thread her machine). She let me learn by myself, and that makes me proud of my abilities today. My aunt taught me the importance of ironing when sewing, and I am so grateful for that lesson. I sewed most of my clothing in high school and college, but since having kids, I spend more time thinking about it than actually sewing. Back then, I didn't have to do many alterations, so I could just cut out my fabric and sew it up. Making muslins over and over sure has a way of dampening my output.

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Date: 5/6/10 4:12 AM

When I was old enough my mum taught me how to use her machine, and I used to sew clothes for my dolls. Mum was always impressed that I was able to design and sew things without any sort of pattern or instruction from her. What a pity for me that I didn't hold onto that ability!

As a teenager I was forced to sew in Home Economics class at school, but I was impatient and sloppy. The results put me off sewing at all until 2006, when I decided on a whim, two weeks before my wedding, that I wanted to wear a hooded cloak on the day. I borrowed a machine from a friend, made my cloak (and yes I did wear it on my wedding day!) and have been sewing ever since.

I've only very recently started to sew clothes and have a lot to learn in this area. Previously I have made bags and purses for sale and for my own use. Clothing is very different!

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Date: 5/6/10 9:24 PM

I took home ec in the late 60's. Mini skirts were the rage but new clothes didn't come often in our home (dad was enlisted military and I had a bunch of siblings.) I figured out very quickly that I could make myself one and I did - it turned out well and I got one of the highest grades in the class. I still remember the fabric - an orange paisley pattern - and I loved that skirt very much. I wore it often!!

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Date: 5/6/10 10:20 PM

My sister started school and I lost my best playmate. So my mother taught me to embroider a little kitten on one of my dad's handkerchiefs. I still have it, I was 5yo. My grandmother sewed all her own clothes, and she helped my mother make matching outfits for my sister and I and would let me sew little projects with the scraps. I moved on to sewing clothes in middle school and really, haven't stopped since then. My interests have changed over the years, I've gone through a quilting phase and a tailoring phase, when I had children I spent years sewing up little dresses or shirts and cloth diapers. Now I am all about sewing for me!

o3b, so good to see you! I've missed you, you've been in my thoughts a lot lately!

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Date: 5/7/10 1:52 PM

My grandmother was an avid home sewer and made most of the clothes for mom and her two sisters. They would come home with magazine pictures and my grandmother would copy them. She started sitting me down at her old black metal Singer when I was about three. We made all sorts of doll clothes, some by machine and some by hand, and embroidered more pillow cases than I can count. I think the first garment I ever sewed for myself was a red A-line skirt I made in Brownies. I don't remember how old I was, but I think maybe 9 or 10. I wore that thing till it fell apart. I made lots of clothes after that, including my gowns for homecoming, the prom, my wedding dress, and of course baby clothes. As a girl I thought I'd like to be a fashion designer and spent hours drawing outfits for paper dolls, working out how to do fashion illustrations and reading Winnie Winkle comic books 8^) But, that never came to pass tho I was a clerk at Piece Goods (fabric shop) for a short while.

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Date: 5/7/10 2:36 PM

I lived with my sister and her family when I was younger and wanted to learn to sew. She was never able to find the patience to teach me so I taught myself. First I learned to crochet around age 10-11. I then learned some of the basic skills in home ec sewing. I did great but it was boring. I became self taught after that and I would buy fabric and try to sew something. I had a lot of waders. After I was married at 18 my husband had a friend who gave me a singer which never worked from the moment it was purchased new. She had it burried in her parents home in a dark lonely closet. I believe it was a 257, not sure but it was teal and lt teal. I went to town after that. I sewed so much I literally wore out the tension mechanizm. I began my stash of fabric and started sewing all my clothes Being 6ft tall I really need clothing that would fit me and so I started making my own pants and tops. After a couple of years I found Nancy Zieman and she taught me so much. If Nancy said it, it was golden. I ventured out into making most of my husbands shirts. I finished everything with a zig-zag stitch and wished for a serger. About 25 years ago that was was realized and my husband gave me my first serger. A Juki differental feed. It was wonderful. I went from there to making all his tee's and work pants. I started to have kids and includeded them into the sewing spree. I started to take sewing lessons through the local college. Not much was learned but it was fun. Nancy was still inspiring me, I had to have a pfaff. I got a mechanical button pushing sewing machine. It could do wonderful 3 step button holes and so I stopped using snaps. 3 kids and many years later I kept building the stash and stable of sewing machines. My beloved husband bought me a Pfaff 7570 used of course but still loved. Now I feel as if I am relearning new and better ways to sew. I also learned to quilt during these years. I still sew to save money but also nobody can make clothes to fit me just right. I am plus size now as well as tall, but nobody had my colors or the right lenght in tops and pants. Since joining PR I have found I have so much more to learn. I have started quilting after a 13 haitus so it competes for my time. I bought myself a TOL for my 50th birthday (Babylock Ellageo) and new BL serger. Love those air threading jets. I look forward to quilting with the featherweight I bought this week to celebrate going full time after being a temp in the same position for 18 months. After all this time I still love to sew and create.

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Subject: Topic moved Date: 5/8/10 5:44 PM

This topic has been moved from Plus Size Sewing to Creative Sewing

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Date: 5/8/10 8:35 PM

My mother made al the clothes for my sisters and I - we didn't hve much money so she ws very creative. She made dresses for us out of my dads old army uniforms, curtains, bedsheets, old clothes she got from friends and family tht she took apart and recycled. I was always facinated by what she created; but she never actually taught me anything. I learned a bit by watching. In 7th grade I took my first sewing class. Every year from then on out I took sewing classes in home ec. But it wasn't until I meet my "future' husband, and then his mother, tht I really started to gain sewing knowledge. She was a master seamstress, and taught me SO much! I hated her for a while for making me rip out what I thought were perfectly perfect seams! But she did teach me why it is important to be such a perfectionist in sewing a garment. Sewing is a continuous learning craft, and I never tire of it!

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Date: 5/9/10 4:10 AM

My Great Grandmother sewed a LOT. She made EVERYTHING, and even into her old age she helped me (read: i designed, she sewed) sew school projects...though she never actually taught me how to sew. I wasn't that interested, until i transferred schools my sophomore year in high school. They didn't have enough space in the classes I wanted, so they dumped me into an ADVANCED sewing class.

so I learned the hard way...hahahaha.

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