It's been a long time since I first started sewing. I relied on patterns for teaching me to sew at first. I had some advice from my grandmother, but she had stopped sewing long ago and she didn't really teach me to sew. I do remember her showing me how to lay out a pattern and she gave me her Singer to use, but other than that? I pretty much learned how to sew on my own. My mother didn't sew and no one I knew sewed. I don't remember why I wanted to learn to sew but I did while neither of my sisters sew.
My first and only sewing mentor was my neighbor at the first house we owned after I got married. She sewed everything including suits for her 3 sons. She showed me how to do a lot and gave me a copy of the Vogue Sewing book, my first sewing book which is not only still on my shelf but I still use it occasionally. I taught myself how to hand tailor a jacket with that book. Nothing was too difficult; I'd try anything, especially if it was a Vogue designer pattern. When my son was about 3 I heard about a store up in St James that not only carried fabulous fabrics, but the owner gave French Couture sewing lessons. Maybe not so couture, but it was the first time I had real instruction from a really accomplished seamstress. I learned a lot. Over the years I've built a library of sewing books that I can look to to figure out how to do almost anything. I love books and long before the internet I learned how to find out how to sew just about anything I wanted, Which brings me to the point of this post. I willingly give a lot of my time and knowledge to people on PR, whether it is my fitting opinions or how to sew something. Lately I've gotten a bit less willing to share. No I will not come and do an fba for you in your home. I don't have anyone to help me pin either, though I will confess that my dh will mark a hem for me. I am willing to give of my time, stop being so negative! It's not magic, just work and perseverance. You have to put the time in to get the benefits just like any other skill. A lot of hours and repetition go into learning how to sew. There is no easy way.Ok, end of rant.
Have a lovely Thanksgiving everyone. We will be blessed to share Jakob's first Thanksgiving. I am counting the hours.