I was assigned to sewing in high school two semesters in error and was never assigned food technology so I always say that I sew better than I cook for good reason. My grandmother was a great sewist but I don't remember her at all. My Mum was busy raising 5 children and didn't make time to sew though I remember her sewing machine.
My brothers and sisters put in together to buy me a sewing machine for my 25th birthday but honestly I was afraid to use it. When my best friend was due to have her first baby I wanted to make a quilt for her. I borrowed patchwork tools from my husband's Nan and looked up youtube for all the answers. I spent months and learnt a lot, and my best friend treasured it.
It was a giant quilt as I had not really considered the finished size, it had every letter of the alphabet cross stitched with a little pic (like A with an apple) and I ran out of time so my mum and sisters helped finish the last letters which was even more special to my best friend who has no sisters.
I have sewn most days since, that was in January 2010.
I prefer to sew to my family's needs and I always try to remember to add pockets. My son went through a phase of disliking hoods on clothing and I could not find jumpers for sale without them so I made him enough to get through that winter. I have tall kids and I add length to the bodice every time. I found the standard gusset width on girls' underwear was inadequate for the size, not age appropriate for their behaviour, and so I make undies with a wider gusset for my daughter.
I also crochet a little in recent years as I prefer it to hand sewing and it is portable. My cousin taught me to crochet and I get a lot of patterns and inspiration from pinterest.
I enjoy the ability to customise things and foster the love of fabrics and colours. I have been through patchwork, bag making, softie toys. Mostly these days I do practical handmade gifts for teachers like rope baskets and garment making for family and gifts, but also for myself.
@Christine Arnaldi 2020