"Wow, that looks like you brought it from a store!"
"You should start your own sewing and alterations business!"
I hear this a lot. Although I am flattered and greatly appreciate the compliments I often wonder if I would enjoy sewing for others as much as I have enjoyed sewing for myself and my daughter.
I sew for myself because I get frustrated trying to find ready to wear clothes to fit me. I have spent hours in a dressing room only to come out empty handed and feeling down on myself because my body did not fit the clothes. Sewing for myself has taught me that the clothes need to fit MY body, not the other way around.
I sew for my daughter because it saves money ( think prom dress).
I have been asked if I sew for hire. My answer has been no until recently when a friend of mine asked me if I would make a strapless dress for her to wear while she was on vacation. At first I refused but after she begged and pleaded I reluctantly gave in on the condition that she understood that I am waaaay out of my comfort zone and would not make any guarantees regarding the outcome of the finished garment; and that she agreed to allow me to take pictures and post them on my blog and in a pattern review.
Knowing this she still wanted me to sew the dress and was more than willing to be my "guinea pig" (her words).
I started by tracing off the pattern in the size needed. I made a muslin and did the needed adjustments (while holding my breath and praying that they would work). After several hours of pattern alterations and sewing I am happy to report that she loved the dress and I even enjoyed the process.
I doubt that I will ever sew for hire but I might not mind occasionally for others-- on my terms of course!
Here is the finished garment modeled by the recipient.
Now back to my regularly scheduled sewing.
Until next time...Sew something you love.