It takes a village
I know I’ve written about this in passing before, but it bears repeating. It deserves its own post actually.
I didn’t start sewing until after my son was born. And I was old when he was born. So I don’t have the experience or years of knowledge that some sewing bloggers have in spades because they learned when they were little. I took some classes at Purl Soho and at Sew Fast Sew Easy in NYC. I even hired a private teacher, Thea, when the babysitting for the classes became too much. But every new project I make has its own unique problems. Stuff never covered in classes.
Sure I have tons of reference books. Books recommended by other sewists. Books that I bought without recommendations. Books that random people have bought for me. I look at them. I look for particular answers to my particular problems. But there are inherent problems with books. If you are a visual learner, reading about a method might not be particularly helpful. You can’t have a conversation with a book or ask it questions. And worst of all, it might not address your problem at all.
And here’s where your sewing friends come into play. I like to crowd source my sewing questions/dilemmas. I am so lucky to have so many sewing friends who are way more experienced than I. I don’t know how lucky they feel to be my friend though. 😉 I couldn’t have completed my Gatsby dress as successfully as I did without Beth, Sherril, Jeanette or Kellie. I don’t think I have completed one project without the advice and/or a shoulder to cry on since I started sewing. Some people are lucky enough to have fitting buddies, some have a mother or aunt or grandmother nearby to bounce questions off of, and some have friends the next town over. Some, like me, know that fitting/sewing advice is an email or phone call away.
When I first started sewing, reading sewing blogs and became a member of PatternReview, I started meeting other sewing people and bloggers because no one I knew sewed. I am a social person. I like to talk about my passions, so I sought out like-minded people. At first it was just to share the pleasures of sewing and fabric shopping, but it soon became clear to me that I had found people who could help me on my journey to sew better. And sewing people are very generous. Generous with their time and expertise. I am one lucky bitch to have such great friends, the sewing kind or otherwise.
It takes a village to learn how to sew. At least it did and does for me. How about for you? Do you have sewing friends that help you out when you need it? Do you have a fitting buddy?