I’m guessing some of you are really curious what this “sewing with a twist” is. I mean, sewing is pretty straight forward, it’s all about making something out of nothing right? Well, that is in fact exactly what I do. And that is exactly the twist to it. Get it?
Let me explain.
When I was packing my boxes in Belgium, I couldn’t wait until I would be able to unpack them and finally start sewing again. But when I finally got to unpack these boxes, I found myself in a sewing-block. I looked at all my fabrics and didn’t know what to do with them. Some fabrics I had absolutely no idea, and some fabrics I knew what I wanted to make but either the piece would be too small or I hadn’t find a pattern for it yet. And I hadn’t found a haberdashery/fabric shop around here, so I got stuck.
To get the feeling of sewing again, I started hemming curtains. And then I wanted to make some blocks to hold the doors open. When I had the idea to make them, I looked in my fabric closet and found an old sample book. It was filled with squares of curtain fabric, perfect for my little project. And so I litteraly made something out of nothing. And that is how I got the idea for this project. I will only sew with the fabrics (and patterns) I have. Sounds easy, but trust me, it really is not.
I don’t have a large collection of fabrics, mostly purchases for project that were never made, leftovers from old projects (I always buy more then I need), fabrics I got from others and some pieces of fabric I got out of the closet of my late grandmother. And of course old clothes of me, my husband and the children. And that is all I am using right now. I haven’t bought a single piece of fabric since I moved here and I already made 4 (almost 5) pieces of clothing. It doesn’t seem much, but it takes a lot more time to finish a piece if you litteraly have to scrape to find fabric. Sometimes this project gives me so much idea’s, sometimes I get stuck. But most of all, it surprises me. I am forced to take chances, it really tests my creativity, and always the result is surprisingly good. Every piece I made so far, makes me incredibly proud. More so than any project I ever made before, for which I did buy new fabrics.
I can’t help but think that this is what sewing is all about, or should be all about. Making something out of nothing, being creative, doing something completly different and not following the trends, nor in fashion, nor in sewing.
So take a chance today, sewing or otherwise and prepare to be proud.
I must say, now I am the curious one.