I’m always amazed at the odd holidays I can discover when I look. Today is National Sewing Machine Day and I am especially grateful that isn’t food related as most of these lesser known holidays are.
I learned to sew in a class I took my freshman year of high school and I still remember my first project was a pink gingham pig pillow that turned out really cute. I don’t remember doing any clothes in the class, but I kept practicing there and at home.
My skills eventually improved and I sewed many of my own clothes later in high school, including this prom dress (and yes, those sleeves and skirt definitely mark it as the 1980s). It probably helped that my first real job was at the fabric store in the mall and I got a discount.
Post high school I have had a hit and miss relationship with my sewing machine. I made a couple of Halloween costumes which I think turned out well. Unfortunately I haven’t been as lucky when sewing clothes for myself, I just don’t understand enough about modifying the patterns to get the proper fit.
I’ve recently been inspired to sew crafty types of projects by a shop I follow on Instagram and it’s been a real joy to rediscover how relaxing sewing is to me. Listening to the rhythm of the needle move up and down through the fabric and watching the design come together in my hands allows me to really unwind. I don’t have a lot of free time, but because it’s so good for my mental health, I’m making the effort to squeeze sewing time in my schedule.