I needed a button sewn this weekend and having no sewing skills whatsoever I had to plead with my mum who hates sewing herself to help me out. Growing up, I had no instruction at school in sewing, knitting, mending and it’s left me pretty short when it comes to practical know-how.
I think it’s real shame that such skills seems to be dying out. I love clothes and am always moaning how things in shops never look or fit quite right. I’d love to be able to make my own clothes or be a whizz at the sewing machine but I’m hopeless! If I’m ever able to cut down on work I’d love to take a class so I can finally learn these things.
I actually did learn to knit although my skills are pretty low rent and did produce two winter scarves. I attempted to do a throw for my room but gave up because nothing looked right. I find it frustrating and disappointing that I’m not creative in this way.
If there was ever a clothes shortage, I think my generation would be pretty hopeless at getting through it. We live in such a disposal society now – people can buy a cheap top from Primark rather than mend an old favourite or make their own clothes but it’s sad to see the art dying out I think. I hope one day I can learn to do something otherwise if I ever have children I’ll have to buy them new shirts because I can’t sew on new buttons
How are your sewing skills?