Sewing stores are booming as fashionistas take the initiative with DIY fashion. Magazines that promote sewing and eco-friendly fashion such as Frankie are actually flourishing too. Need some proof, check out Vogue Patterns Lookbook.
Here are more 10 reason to learn to sew:
1) Never compromise on size, colour or style- make exactly what you want.
2) Most brands these days don't even make their patterns nor fit their samples on real people; it's all done by technicians on computers overseas. Margins are cut by skimming off jean tops (hence the hipsters) and leg length. You may have even noticed that pants and skirts have stopped curving in at the waist and out at the hips. Make your own and you can cut to fit you.
3) More choice. Go into any sewing shop, sift through the folders of patterns, and let you imagination run wild. There's no reason that you can't tweak the patterns further - adding a sleeve, removing a collar.
4) We all have a colour range that suits us but sometimes the colours available in stores are limited (What's the story with purple this winter in Rundle Mall?) Buy up on the fabrics that work best with our complexion (and lifestyle).
5) Lead the pack. Are you fashion forward? Make it before it hits the stores.
6) Save money. If you have kids you will save hundreds a year on outfits. In addition you can mend and hem things that were worn out or not just right.
8) Be the best mum/aunt/friend. Kids will love that you can sew costumes, teens will love you if they can pull a dress out of a magazine for dances, and mum can make it (at unaffordable cost).
9) Be eco-friendly by choosing fabrics like linen, silk, wool blends and bamboo, and natural dyes. You are far less limited when you can choose your own fabrics. You are also reducing your carbon foot print and making biodegradable clothes that will last longer.
10) It's soothing. Watching fabric moving through your machine and become something useful is a satisfying hobby.
So, where do you learn? When you buy a sewing machine ask whether it comes with free lessons. Many do or the sewing shop may run classes and offer them to you complimentary. Highly recommended for the services is the Chatswood Sewing Centre. They offer a get-to-know-your-machine course if you purchase with them and their staff are sewers who spend time giving you advice.
Spotlight is the cheapest place to buy a machine and threads and every sewing gadget under the sun.