When I first got married, I wanted to make curtains and save money. I asked for a sewing machine for Christmas. My mom got me a Kenmore machine with some basic stitches and a few frilly looking ones. I read the manual and talked with a sewing neighbor. Since that basic beginning in the early 1990s I taught myself how to make window treatments, costumes, skirts, holiday dresses, sleepwear, quilts, bedding, etc.
Last winter, I met a few ladies who live near me and sew every Thursday. One was Clara's teacher, who I had previously chatted about little girl dresses and quilts with. I love the variety of skills in this group I joined. They inspire me to try new things and step out of my comfort zone.
sturdy and functional aprons,
I've been so inspired that I started making some of the patterns and even adapting and naming some of them to include ideas from other patterns. I sold a few at the local school craft fair and opened an etsy shop. At the same time, I've been working on clothes, costumes, sleepwear, quilts and window treatments. These women I sew with are amazing inspirations and I look forward to sewing with them each week.
Check back often to see new aprons at www.sewfeminine.etsy.com and tell me what you love or what you'd like to see more of!