Welcome to Sew for Victory – an attempt to document my adventures through the world of sewing. I would love to pretend that I am a crafting expert who will be presenting fantastically perfect pieces of clothing to you. Unfortunately, the only way that this could be further from the truth is if I didn’t actually own a sewing machine (I do, so I figure I’m at least one step ahead of total ignorance). To date, I have successfully completed two projects – albeit with many many wounds (both physical and emotional).
So why start a blog and exhibit my lack of knowledge to the world? A couple of reasons. Firstly, I’m hoping that, through the blog, I might actually manage to connect with other sewers for inspiration (and, let’s be honest, a whole heap of advice). But also because I’m hoping that my experience may have some value. As a long-time blog reader, I know how easy it is to be daunted by the number of experienced and awesome sewers out there. I hope that through starting this blog as a real amateur, I might be able to provide some reassurance to other sewers who are just starting out.
Although sewing is a relatively new endeavour for me, it’s something I’ve been trying at for a while now. A deep deep love of vintage fashion and a loathing for exploitation in the clothing industry (I’m a PhD Human Rights student, which might explain this) both moved me to start out. But after a traumatic early experience of trying to sew knit fabric (a truly amateur mistake), I abandoned my sewing machine and threw myself into every sewing manual I could find. At a certain point, however, I realised that such a book-based approach to sewing kind of defied the point of the craft. I have now picked back up the needle, put down the book, and am ready to go.
So world, be gentle with me. And let’s get sewing!