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