Tuesday, 5 February 2013

Sew Grateful Week Day 2 - Refelections

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.

5 comments:

  1. Such a great story! I am so glad you followed your dream! And OMG you work at Mandors???? I am so excited and am definitely coming to visit you next time I am in glasgow! Sorry I never put two and two together before
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    1. Hi Debi, please come say hello the next time you're in, it would be lovely to meet you in real life! This sounds a little creepy, but I when I found your blog you looked really familiar and it wasn't until I seen one of your posts about Mandors I realised it must have been from there! I'm loving Sew Grateful Week so far, thanks for being such a wonderful host and dreaming up the idea! :)

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  2. SEW glad you were brave enough to try something new, and the reward is you are now immersed in projects and people that really satisfy you. Thanks for writing such a thoughtful post.

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  3. Love it! Thank you for sharing... I think so often what we really are headed for does not appear until we take that turn that we thought we would never make. Very encouraging, thank you for sharing how you came to where you are. Wish I could meet you all. I am in far off Central US with many little ones and no hope of travel anytime soon so it is simply beyond wonderful to have this wonderful way to meet you all anyways. Thank you for inspiring!

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    1. Thanks for the lovely comment. Blogging is such a great way to connect with people from all around the world and share idea and inspiration! Maybe one day you'll be able to travel and meet people from the online community :)

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