Finding my Sewing Voice (with some help)

Ever since I started sewing, it has felt like something more powerful is going on than a new “hobby”. That might be because I feel like the word hobby itself is so condescending and pathetic sounding –as in “is it a hobby farm?”  Anyway, I don’t have it all figured out yet, but I know that when I sew it feels a lot more creative and fulfilling than I ever would have guessed.  And I spend a fair amount of time thinking about my sewing great grandparents who never sewed as a hobby but as a fierce and concerted effort to feed their families and create useful things.

For me,  it all started by sewing cloth diapers and wool covers.  Then baby pants cut large enough to go over cloth diapers.   And now that we are *almost* done with diapers around here, I am on to sewing for myself.

my sewing corner ready to go

In the past couple of months I have made about a dozen new skirts, mostly wrap style from one simple pattern ( a 2 piece pattern!) and a line skirts from a pattern that I made tracing.  I spent one frustrated weekend trying to graduate to a much higher level dress with all kinds of fussy details like darts and interfacing and wound up with something I didn’t want to wear, so I cut it in half because the skirt part worked.

After the dress fiasco,  I picked up the Sewing Green book by Betz White at my library and I feel like it helped me I find my sewing voice.  She shows you how to make easy and fun clothes out of fabric you can find in your own closet like pillow cases and table cloths.  And if you hit the thrift store, the options become dizzying.  I also love my Sew Liberated book by Meg McElwee and the related blog which has the added bonus of Montessori style parenting hints.

I am so inspired by this blogger at Handmademess who has set out to make her own entire wardrobe and takes the time to take great photos and explain her progress.   And in the Jewish sewing realm, I recently came across these beautiful pieces that are used for counting the omer, the days between Passover and Shavuot.  I have already pulled out fabrics to copy her and you can still buy them on her site as well.

Finally,  I am finding a little too much inspiration on Pinterest, where you can follow me if you like here: Or send me an email or leave a comment here if you want me to send you an invitation to join.



  1. Tanya, your sewing corner looks so inviting! Beautiful!

  2. I wish you all the best in your sewing progress. I hope that your creativity blossoms and brings you much more fulfillment!

  3. so fun! love Sew Liberated! I have her book of projects for kids, Growing Up Sew Liberated. I’ve been motivated by my own wardrobe lately, since I have a fabric stash and it seems no one makes what I want to wear without charging way too much for my budget 😉 if I ever actually finish anything I’ll post it somewhere lol

  4. thanks for the sewing support! maybe I will even share MORE projects. The reuse stuff is so much fun for me, I might even sell some things at farmers market this year (super simple!).

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