just let me sew

Many years ago, in the pre-Internet era, I made my own outfits. I did it myself and regularly. I sewed on my mother’s hand-held sew machine, without special knowledge and elementary “zigzag”-function. With the help of creativity and imagination, I came up with how to put the parts together in a wearable product. Then, many years ago, I needed clothes and a little stand out (from the crowd). Although, who do I want to deceive?.. I  wanted to stand out a lot.

I don’t know if it worked, but I tried.

The patterns were difficult to access. But that didn’t stop me. There were several options for obtaining it:

-the cutter in the fabric shop “Fabrics” on Lenin Square (for a fee)

– the magazine “Burda ” (if you are lucky enough to borrow, but in German)

– do it yourself (at your own risk, but the tandem of creativity and imagination created unique models)

I went to the cutters only a few times.

Somehow every once in a while I borrowed the magazine “Burda”. But this was not the solution to the problem of building clothing patterns. I didn’t know German and didn’t have enough experience to understand the schematics. I once cut out a blouse that was several sizes too big. But somehow I got out of it, sewed something somewhere and wore it with pride. 

What was sewn “do-it-yourself” was worn for a year or two and passed on to the younger sister (she appreciated the uniqueness of the products). And I was coming up with something new.

Just let me sew, and no one gets hurt.

Then there was a long period of very rare sewing, despite the fact that magazines became available. The clothes I created were mercilessly criticized by the then family. During this “long period”, creativity, along with handiness and adaptability helped me a lot. I darned my clothes more often than I sewed it. My imagination seems to have gone into the background, or I pushed it there, so as not to get upset.

Now, I still don’t have any special knowledge in sewing. The sewing machine is again the simplest of the electric ones (sews forward/backward, zigzag, buttonholes). The patterns are difficult to get again. 

But now, all needlewomen have many resources for getting help. There are the Internet, Youtube and Pinterest, and nice women sharing their experiences. 

The main thing is to find the time, call on diligence and perseverance, and somehow get my imagination back, and creativity is still with me…

That’s what I thought when I made the blouse pattern in the morning, before work (7 AM). 

I’m absolutely not sure I’ll finish it, but it’s worth a try. 

How does your morning start?

Author: Elena

Hi, My name is Elena. I am Russian living in the US. My blog is about my life and experience. This is my new hobby. So, please, don't be too hard on me. Thanks

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