Learning to sew is challenging. Most of us will come across obstacles that ebb and flow within a lifetime of sewing projects. But the fun part about sewing is learning how to overcome those obstacles. Your challenge could be time, or finding the courage to teach yourself a new skill. For some men, it might be facing the stigma of a craft historically dominated by women.
In this month’s episode of Seamwork Radio, Sarai talks to Joost De Cock, the man behind makemypattern.com, a website that generates custom patterns. Joost candidly talks about how he grew his skills from mending to sewing curtains to making nearly everything he wears (yep, even his shoes!). He stresses that there isn’t one way to learn how to sew, and we should all strive to find our own identities in the sewing community. Some of us might take a more traditional route, and others will go rogue on a self-taught sewing adventure.
Joost suggests that learning comes from enjoying. If you enjoy sewing, you’ll find a way to spend time learning. I have to agree!
So, what helps you learn about sewing? Books, tutorials, taking classes? Or is it ripping apart every garment you buy, or practicing with the same pattern over and over again? Curiosity is at the heart of sewing, but how do you stay curious?
If you haven’t listened to the podcast yet, take a few minutes to hear Joost talk about his sewing journey, and how he continues to learn every day. Then join the conversation below to share your favorite way to learn, and get inspired from others.
Here’s what I want to know: How do you improve your sewing skills?
- How did you start learning? Has that changed now that you have more experience?
- Do you prefer to teach yourself new skills, or take classes?
- What have been some of your obstacles while learning to sew?
- How do you stay curious about sewing?