Learning to sew is one of the best life decisions I have ever made.
Back in 2011, when I settled on fashion as my art of choice and sewing as my path to becoming a designer, I justified the decision by saying that I could get endlessly deep in sewing. There would always be something to learn, because sewing is profound — unlike knitting*, with its two stitches and only challenge being to take on larger and larger projects. (I suppose it doesn’t help that I started off my knitting career by making sweaters.) I said all of this, but honestly: sewing was merely a new challenge, my mightiest yet, and I was salivating to take on such a daunting undertaking.
While learning to sew, I also learned — and improved — so much about myself that I can safely say I would not be the person I am today if I hadn’t learned to sew. So when I got to the point where I sewed well enough to make almost anything, I became restless: the challenge was gone. I worried that my newly developed character would atrophy and I’d waste the money I’d spent on a sewing studio, sewing machine, patterns, and of course, fabric. Being also a cheapskate, that did not appeal to me. What could an adrenaline-fueled fighter do without a challenge?
Make a new challenge, of course! :-p
The Sew With Your Feet Challenge is part of a new way of thinking about sewing. After fabric knowledge, garment construction skills, and pattern hacking/making, there’s a whole world of things to learn about — presser feet, needles, serging (I finally took a serger class, y’all!!!), better fit, tailoring, etc. There are classes to take and perhaps even contests to join (the epitome of sewing, in my little amateur eyes). Sewing has endless opportunities for us to grow and learn and express ourselves creatively, it is the ultimate gift which keeps on giving.
Whether or not you join this challenge, I hope it is useful to you. More than that, I hope you find your own way to spelunk the depths of sewing through personal challenges!
*I still have a special place in my heart for knitting, and ache to get back to it! <3