This is not about my winter wardrobe as it is pretty much the same as last year. In fact I don’t think I have bought any new clothes this season. That may change, of course, but I don’t really need anything extra.
Miss O and Izz are a different story as they are still at the age where they grow out of almost everything from one winter to the next. So, I have have been busy sewing for them and here are some of the results.
A dressing gown for Miss O
These projects have been successful on two fronts – the girls now have more clothes that they needed and I have less fabric in my stockpile to be used up. Lots more to use and numerous other things I want to make.
I am looking forward to doing more sewing. I must admit I had forgotten how rewarding it is to make garments for small children.
Some people believe that it is not economical to sew but I have to disagree. These things should not be compared to the cheapest you can buy but mid to top-range garments which are of similar quality fabric and construction. It is also important to remember that hand-made garments can be custom-sized with extra allowance in seams and hems to allow for growing, thus ensuring at least 2 years wear out of most items.
Sewing, like knitting, cooking from scratch and growing our own food is a skill which we should all have if there is to be any degree of self-reliance. We cannot simply expect that mass-produced, cheap imported clothing that is produced in overseas sweatshops will always be available.
Do you sew? Maybe knitting or crocheting? Do you use your skills or teach others so that these arts are not lost forever?