I saw somewhere online a list of homesteading skills to learn. One of those skills was sew your own clothing. I took a sewing class in high school. I made a little black dress, and it was very poorly made, but it fit and I wore it…once. I have had a sewing machine most of my adult life. It sat in a corner of my bedroom gathering dust for several years. I also have a bag of things that need repaired.
A few months ago I cleaned up a corner of my bedroom and found a cheap computer desk to use as a sewing table. This is the one I picked:
Last night I opened the bag and repaired 2 pairs of my husbands dress pants he wears to work and to my disbelief a coat, dress, and 2 skirt’s for my 10 year old that have been in the bag since my 16 year old wore them. I know, I know, shame on me.
I threaded bobbins with different colors and went to town. Now don’t get me wrong. I know that sewing a few repairs is not the same thing as making your own clothes. However it is a step in the right direction. If I can stay on top of repairs then maybe my children will not outgrow the clothes before I get to making the repairs. Also by having it out and accessible I might be more inspired or inclined to actually make something from a pattern. I also learned how to use a pattern when I took that class. I’m sure I remember how to do that.
All in all I have come to accept that homesteading is not an end goal. It is the journey we take to get there.