5 Reasons to Sew

As the abundance of cheap clothing increases and the amount of spare time people have decreases, sewing is withering into a forgotten skill. Nowadays, sewing is often seen as something quaint- a cute little hobby passed down the generations. Alternatively, it is seen as something way too difficult to master; a skill unworthy to develop unless it is necessary in your profession.

But there are so many reasons why having a basic set of sewing skills will be beneficial, rather than an inconvenience. I’ve narrowed it down to four-

One: It saves you money.
Being able to sew = being able to mend your own clothes. Instead of throwing away your clothes and replacing it with a similar item, you can save lots of money by learning how to do basic sewing skills such as replacing a button or stitching a rip on your garment. In addition, many stores offer discounts for ‘faulty’ items that could easily be repaired. There’s plenty of resources online for beginners, such as In The Folds.

Two: It makes thrift shopping a whole lot easier
As mentioned before in my post on thrift shopping, knowing how to sew opens up so many more opportunities when purchasing items from thrift stores. Like that dress but it’s a little bit too big? No worries- pinch the dress on the sides. Like the print of that skirt but think its length is a little too old-fashioned? No worries- crop it.

Three: It allows you to have a new perspective of your old clothes
It does not take much skill to adorn your existing clothes. Adding some scrap lace that you might find to the hem of your skirt, or sew some ribbon to outline the neckline of a singlet. The only limit is your imagination.

Five: And even if sewing turns out to not be your thang, you’ll realise how much work is needed to sew a garment. Learning these basic sewing skills don’t come naturally, but they are achievable. Being able to sew a garment from scratch requires more skill and time. Knowing what fabrics to use, how to handle the fabric whilst sewing, what needle and type of stitch to use, etc. are some skills that are needed to make an item from scratch. By learning how to sew, we learn about and appreciate the meticulous details needed to create a garment which we often take for granted.


Wearing:
Nude silk peplum top, self-made
Nude lace skirt, self-made
Black fringed robe, thrifted Zara
Photographed by Samuel Hilton, @beathilton

12 Comments

  • Reply Jalisa March 20, 2017 at 2:54 pm

    These are all such great reasons to sew, girlie! I personally don’t know how, but after reading, I must admit, you’ve got me thinking. It really would be beneficial to have some more options as a result when thrifting or wanting to re-desing some old pieces. Thanks for sharing and I hope you have a great week ahead!

    XO,

    Jalisa
    http://www.thestylecontour.com

  • Reply Gemma March 20, 2017 at 2:58 pm

    Totally agree! All great reasons to sew!

    Gemma x
    http://www.jacquardflower.uk

  • Reply Violette March 21, 2017 at 8:57 am

    Great post and reasons! Thanks for sharing!

    http://violettedaily.com

  • Reply Nina March 21, 2017 at 11:06 am

    Pretty pictures ! And Yes I agree, All great reasons !
    Have a great day !
    Nina
    xox
    http://www.thecrispylipstick.com

  • Reply Maya March 21, 2017 at 12:17 pm

    Oh wow. So amazing” Wonderful post love! Xo Maya
    http://www.all-at-once.la

  • Reply Funmi March 22, 2017 at 3:25 am

    You facts are very true, as I sew also. Great post, and you do look lovely.

    Funmi x
    http://www.funmialabi.co.uk

  • Reply Francesca Felix March 22, 2017 at 4:45 pm

    I’m so happy I know how to sew!! It has gotten me out of ruts so many times. Love this
    Francesca
    Frank Vinyl : A California Fashion Blog

  • Reply Merel March 24, 2017 at 12:00 am

    Great post babe! Love reading it <3

    X Merel
    http://www.andathousandwords.com

  • Reply Camila March 24, 2017 at 4:39 pm

    I went to sewing school for 2 years and made so many clothes, I love the fact that i know how to make clothes!

    Camila,
    My Vogue Style | http://www.myvoguestyle.com

  • Reply Nikki Living Life March 26, 2017 at 3:00 pm

    Great reasons to sew. I do have a basic sewing kit, for simple stitching and sewing missing buttons. However, I wish I was talented enough to sew an outfit. Great post as always.

    Xx
    Nikki
    http://www.nikkilivinglife.com

  • Reply Amy Arnold March 27, 2017 at 6:16 pm

    I think sewing is so cool. It is a serious talent.

    Amy Ann
    Straight A Style

  • Reply mainou March 28, 2017 at 3:22 am

    Love this post =)
    -mainou
    http://www.looksbymc.com

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