Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Has sewing changed your life?

My very messy sewing corner

That's what Tilly asked last Saturday and this is my (late) answer.
Soo... yes! Sewing has definitely changed my life!
I've been around sewing machines since I was a child, because both my mom and my granny are seamstresses.
I didn't start sewing seriously until about 4 years ago and it became an increasingly important activity in my life. Right now, it's one of my most frequent thoughts and my favorite pastime. It's a great way to channel my creativity and I wear my creations with pride. I love the look on someone's face when I tell them I can sew and, although I deal terribly with compliments, I'm really happy when someone compliments my handmade garments.
I don't know anyone around my age with the same passion, so starting a blog and connecting with the sewing community has been awesome. I "met" some great people and it's an awesome support system.

Some other thoughts on sewing:
- I'm not the most social of people and I like to spend a lot of time at home. Sewing is a great way to keep myself busy, instead of being just lazy and unproductive.

- It allowed me to bond even more with my mum. We always had a good relationship, but we didn't always get along well during my teenage years (I wasn't the nicest of teenagers...). Now we go fabric shopping together, I always ask for her advice and she's a great supporter of (almost) everything I make.

- It allowed me to improve my language. Reading sewing blogs, books and pattern instructions in French and English, I feel very strong on sewing and fashion vocabulary and I can add this to my CV as a translator.

- Money! I managed to earn some (through my shop) and to save some more, both on RTW clothes I didn't buy and on presents for friends I made with my hands.

I hope this was useful, Tilly!
If you lovely readers want to share your thoughts, please feel free to do it, I'd love to hear from you guys!


  1. Fantastico!Sono rimasta sorperesa anch'io nel trovare una comunità di bloggers interessata al cuito: effettivamente non conosco (di persona) nessuno della mia età che si dedichi a questo magnifico hobby.
    Leggi pure la mia esperienza qui:

    Grazie per aver condiviso i tuoi pensieri!

  2. Wow, I'm so with your statements.
    I've found your blog some weeks ago through burda style. I don't know how to blog & if I could do it I'm not sure if I'm regular enough. I like it to find people all over the world who likes to sew. I admire your blogging and sweing. Keep it up! :-)
    (My Burdaprofile:

  3. "I don't know anyone around my age with the same passion"
    Oh, exactly! People are very surprised when I talk them about my hobby))

  4. @cannella
    Anche io condivido molti dei tuoi pensieri.
    Per me e' anche un modo di rimanere collegata a una comunità internazionale dopo tanti anni passati all'estero. Riadattarsi all'Italia non è facile.

    Paunnet, have you ever thought of translating sewing books? I think there is a great opportunity there in the years to come.

  5. Sei la mia sartina preferita!:)
    Brava, continua così, cucire è un'arte e come arte si coltiva con amore e dedizione.
    Un bacio grandissimo!

  6. Thanks so much for responding! The first half of your post sounded very familiar, it had me nodding along. But the later points are ones I hadn't thought of - so interesting!

  7. @Anonymous
    Just try! If you see you don't like it, you can always quit, but if you do, you'll see you'll always find stuff to blog about. Regularity is not mandatory: it's your blog, so you can do as you want :)

    @Sewing Princess
    Eh sì, ci ho pensato. Avrei voluto farlo per la tesi ma mi è stato proposto un lavoro diverso. Credo che appena avrò concluso il corso di studi proverò a proporlo a qualche casa editrice italiana! (e sono invidiosissima del tuo inglese perfetto! :) )

    Uaaah che tenera! Grazie!

    I'm really happy it helped. After all, everyone has something different to say!

  8. Hi Paunnet! I found your blog through Nette (who I found through another blogger). I'm always excited to find other sewists on the Internet and I'm happy to have stumbled upon yours :)

    I can completely relate to your thoughts in this post. I'm about the same age, and I too have found trouble finding others who share my interest in sewing. Blogging has really been a great way to meet like-minded people without being limited by geography.

    I really enjoyed reading your opinions on this topic. Thank you for sharing!

  9. @LoveMakesTheGirl
    Thank you for your comment and welcome here! I'm glad to find more more people who share my situation!