Material Mama’s Sewing Manifesto
Anyone can learn to sew.
It’s an age old art, whether by hand or by computerized machine; repurposed thrift store finds or $50/yard designer fabric.
It unites us all.
- Love and respect my seam ripper
- Encourage smaller, boutique pattern designers
- Sew, repair, customize items for my family as needed and time permits.
- Be upfront with others that I may not hem, alter, customize or create for them.
- Understand sewing does NOT save money. (although I might not share this with my significant other)
- Love my stash. Visit it, pet it, appreciate it, and listen to it.
- Learn to hear praise and compliments about my sewing and say “Thank You”.
- Not play down my accomplishments in sewing, even if it’s learning to turn on a machine or thread a needle.
- Sew gifts for those who appreciate them
- Be proud to show my one of a kind, properly fitted, custom tailored garments.
- Know mommy made clothes make my child feel special and loved whenever they are wearing them.
- Sew because I have to, it’s a part of who I am
- Occasionally toss an item across the room in frustration.
- Forgive myself.
- Ask for support when I need and want it.
- Listen to my heart about MY fabric choices, pattern, style and cut.
I WILL NOT:
- Feel I need to purchase even ONE Big Three pattern
- Support companies that sell their patterns on junky paper, with improper fitting, with outdated and overly complicated sewing techniques.
- Support pattern companies that do not support me in finding well fitting, and comfortable
- Feel forced to put advertising on my children without being paid for it (Name brands splashed all over clothing)
- Feel pressured to defend my beautiful stash
- Feel pressured to repair, customize clothing for others
- Dress my 4 year old like a hooker to keep up with current fashions.
- Support sweat shop labor
- Allow my stash to control me and how I feel. I am always in charge of Stash.
- Listen to any negativity about how sewing is outdated (it’s classic, and classic never goes out of style)
- Throw anything heavy at someone who tells me “wow, did you know that sewing clothing is getting popular again?”
- Sew for anyone who might not appreciate it, or sees it as inferior to store bought. It’s their loss.
- Endure cheap, poorly made and poor fitting Ready to Wear (off the rack clothing)
- Deny that sewing feeds my soul.
- See myself as competing with Wal-Mart, Target, etc. See myself as couture, custom family fashionista along the lines of Hannah Andersson, Gymboree and Michael Kors.
- Engage in negative self talk or berate my skills to myself or others.
- Assume that the big box stores (JoAnn’s, Hancock’s etc) will be able to tell fabric from scrapbook paper much less help with fit.
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