I taught myself to sew because I couldn’t find the dresses of my dreams in the shops. Also, I needed an excuse to keep buying fabric (I’m partial to faux fur and bold patterns that attract comment).
When I dragged home my first sewing machine, I didn’t know how to string it up but reading this clever tome and decoding pattern instructions soon got me making garments that actually saw the light of day – even if the botched zips had to be kept hidden under cardies. But the trouble with being self-taught is that you make the same mistakes over and over and no one tells you. No matter how hard I concentrated on reading “how to sew on a zip”, the results were never satisfying and I only got it when I finally found video tutorials on the web showing me how.
Now I want to try out new projects – many of them inspired by other sewing blogs – and Sew2pro is a journal of the trials and tribulations. I’ll be making clothes from commercial and vintage patterns, experimenting with pattern cutting and throwing in the odd craft or home deco project. However, I need your feedback if I’m to learn quickly, so whether you’re new to sewing, a professional observing in horror, or somewhere in between, please feel free to:
- share your tips,
- point out any sloppiness or mistakes; the idea is to learn from criticism,
- suggest projects for future blogs,
- give praise when due (Mark Twain could live two months on a compliment; I’m a bit more needy),
- suggest how I could improve this blog (my first),
- and whatever. I’d be thrilled to hear from other sewists.
I hope you find this blog enjoyable and thank you for your input.
My name is Marijana (the j is silent!) and I live in South London. I’m learning to sew better because I eventually want to create garments that are flawless, flattering and for somebody else!
Other than sewing, I love fiction, running, Radio 4, cats, cake (if home-made) and gallivanting round fabric shops.