I have been sewing seriously for about three years, and I have lost none of my enthusiasm for it. Sewing a garment takes me to a fabulous, romantic place in my imagination where clothing is so feminine and alluring. I can remember being intimidated by sewing, especially fitting. I would muddle through a pattern, confusing myself with markings and grainline and zippers, only to emerge through this tortuous journey with a completed garment which DID NOT FIT.
At the time, I did not know that the sizing on patterns was different from RTW, and god forbid that I should actually measure my hips. Such sweet denial.
I discovered PatternReview through none other than Marcy Tilton. My long time friend Cathy (Hi Cathy!) invited me to an open studio in Cave Junction hosted by Marcy. At that time, I had been trying to teach myself to sew by making purses. We had a great time poking around Marcy’s studio and shop, and bought up fabric, buttons, cards, screens, DVD’s and more fabric. Marcy said “Oh, you must go online to visit PatternReview”. I have Cathy and Marcy to thank for my new obsession, uh, I mean hobby.
Through PR, its generous members and many other sewing sites, I taught myself the basics of sewing. I learned to fit an easy pattern to myself, and to make the inside of a garment look as nice as the outside. By far the greatest gift this site has given me is a realistic view of my figure. Sewing has helped me shed a life long disappointment that I am not 5’9” and thin. In fact, sewing has helped me see that I am what is called a proportioned petite with an hourglass figure. And that is just fine.
photo credits: #1-Folkwear Patterns; #2-cheap monday duct tape dress; my own blue blob