It's day two of Sew Grateful week and today's post is all about why I'm Sew Grateful. I'm Sew Grateful for many things and for many reasons. Maybe I should start by reminiscing about how I started to get into sewing.
I left school after getting 5 highers in 5th year (this won't mean much to anyone outside Scotland and I don't know the equivalents elsewhere) and gaining a place on Glasgow Uni's Physics degree course which is what I thought I wanted to do. Well I didn't do very well at it and hated it. I was advised to leave the course and work out what I really wanted to do. I had a keen interest in fashion, especially handbags and jewllery so decided to do an evening course at a local college on How to Make Handbags. Prior to this, the extent of my sewing had been the small amount done in Home Ec when I was 13 so I was a bit rusty. But it's like that whole riding a bike thing, once I got back into it I was well back into it and it all came back. During the course, I was visiting Mandors regularly for supplies and inspiration when one day I noticed a sign in the window advertising for new staff and I thought why not? You all know the conclusion to that bit, I got the job. Well I was still only making handbags and advising customers on how to make garments, basically winging it, making stuff up and hoping for the best. That's when I decided that really it couldn't be that difficult to make garments, bought a pattern and gave it a go. And I've never looked back. I did attend dressmaking classes after this and although I enjoyed them I realised that I could go it on my own and develop my skills via other sources. And that's what I'm Sew Grateful for.
Those other resources were good books, good youtube video finds, good tutorials I found via Google searches, which lead me to the wonderful blogs that I follow today. Without these, I wouldn't have gained half the knowledge I have and wouldn't be the dressmaker I am now.
I'm fortunate that due to my job at Mandors and my current uni course (International Fashion Branding at GCU) that I have a circle of friends who are interested in sewing and do so themselves which gives me massive support when I need it. Some of the ladies I work with and many of the customers I've got to know have amazing skills and they keep me right when I'm clueless and continually help keep me inspired. I know that makes me lucky as many people sewing, especially at my age, don't have local friends they can go to when they find themselves in a sewing dilemma or need that encouragement to finish whatever project they can't seem to.
I apologise that this is quite a wordy post (I actually might have got a bit carried away as I never intended to write this much) but as a part of Sew Grateful Week, I know it's important to share this and let those around me in both my local and online communities know how much I value their help and inspiration and that I really am Sew Grateful for them.