One thing I love to do is sew. My mom taught me to sew as a little girl making Barbie doll clothes and then later Cabbage Patch Kid clothes. Eventually I was good enough to make my own clothes. In high school, I made my senior prom dress and then four years later, I made my wedding gown! I don’t normally make such elaborate clothes but I do enjoy making clothes for myself and my family.
Side Note – In 1999, I started to make my husband a suit. In 2012, we were packing to move (for the 3rd time since I started the suit) and I finally threw it away! It was just too much. Do you know how many pockets there are in men’s suits?? There are pockets that have pockets and they aren’t simple patch pockets or side seam pockets. They’re complicated buggers!
Now that I have three kids, I make clothes for them. My daughter benefits the most from my sewing, but my boys do get mom-made clothes once in a while.
A few years ago, I decided to try sewing for other people. It was brand new territory for me and I was a little (maybe a lot!) nervous. I decided on footie pants – something that I really like for my kids but couldn’t find in bigger sizes. I made a few pairs and put them up for sale on etsy. Before they sold, someone asked me if I would make a pair for them in a different size. I turned down the request – it was just too far out of my comfort zone at that point. I don’t remember exactly how long it took for them to sell, but I do remember being so excited and scared! Now, I regularly do custom orders and don’t think twice about it.
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