My mother was an amazing seamstress. She used to make all sorts of clothes and costumes for my sisters and myself. I can remember seeing her sitting at the sewing machine watching Kevin Costner’s Robin Hood and drinking her Diet Coke, night after night.Eventually I became too materialistic to appreciate these things (thanks, puberty). But now in my late twenties I am sad that I didn’t try to learn more from her. As I attempt to live up to my creative potential I find myself needing to sew more and more often… but I have so much sewing anxiety!
I finally broke down last year and convinced my husband to get me a starter sewing machine for my birthday. I have made some things, pillows and an amazing Star Trek Fez for DragonCon this past August. But I find myself so intimidated by my sewing machine and the lingering ghost of my mother’s talent, that I can’t seem to get myself to try anything else.
I am sure I can’t be the only person with the desire and tools to start sewing regularly. I was wondering if there were any good alternative/offbeat sewers and blogs out there that I might follow. More specifically ones with a series of definitions. (Seriously who knows what “darning” is when they first see it?)
What are your favorite sewing blogs? And how do you get over your sewing anxiety?