Hi, I’m Rachel, a sewing enthusiast living in Northern California. Lover of music (playing and listening), singing, cooking, family, friends, animals, and creating things of all kinds. I have been so inspired by the huge amount of creativity on display on sewing blogs, and so I decided to make my own.
I’ve been sewing since I was a kid, and I’m lucky to come from a family of creative women who helped me learn to make clothes at a young age. I love how sewing connects us tangibly to the past – using vintage patterns or notions that belonged to my late grandmother invokes much more than just the clothing I am creating. I think about the history behind the times in which people wore that particular style, or in my grandmother’s case, what she was planning on making with that (30 cent!) purple zipper. My mom and sister are also both artists who have helped define and influence my sense of style over the years.
Making clothes is also a great way to maintain a positive body image. Like many people, I struggle with low self esteem on a daily basis, but there is something magic about being able to make clothes that are made just for you. In turn, I take care of my handmade garments more carefully, because I know how much work went into them.
I am aware of the luxury of free time I am able to spend on this hobby; commercial clothing is pieced together by multiple workers on a myriad of specialized machines for optimum efficiency, who work grueling hours to turn out as many products as possible. The slow aspect of clothing made by one person is a rarity in this day and age, and I feel very fortunate to be able to practice this craft. There is still so much I don’t know, and I’m excited to keep learning as I go along.