Welcome to Flashback Friday! I can’t believe we’re already down to the last few flashbacks of this season. I’m not quite sure I’m ready for it to end, I’ve enjoyed it so much! Today’s guest is Jess from Craftiness is not Optional. As the mother of three ADORABLE little girls, Jess amazes me with all that she does, and how she does it all so well!
Hi! I’m Jess, from Craftiness is not Optional, and I’m so excited to be here for Flashback Friday.
So…I have been sewing all my life. Now, by all my life, I mean mostly, the last 5 years….stick with me though. My mom did try to teach me off and on throughout my younger years. I’d randomly come home from school/church/Taco Bell in a whirl of energy, determined to make a skirt because…well who knows why teenagers do the things they do? Anyways, I didn’t have a lot of patience for it back then but I really wanted to know how. Basically I would watch my mom make it for me, sewing the parts she insisted I sew…and then beg and plead with her to get out of doing the hem. (the worst part in my opinion) I really loved wearing things I “made myself”. ha, ha….thanks Mom for all the handmade clothes growing up…I know I did hardly any of the real sewing. Still, it interested me enough to keep sewing like that every so often.
Fast forward a few years….I am now married, and we are finally expecting our first baby, a girl. Nesting had me fully in it’s grasp, so I decided to make a blanket for the baby. My sister and I painstakingly shopped for fabric, cut it out, and then made a blanket in the. hardest. way. possible. I won’t even try to explain how we made it. We had no idea what we were doing.
I even quilted it with tiny stars. I was insane, I’m telling you. (well, and pregnant, but that excuse can get you out of practically anything, right?)
I had been bitten by the sewing bug, and this time, it stuck.
Immersed in sewing baby items for my new baby girl, I became obsessed with making things with my own two hands. Oh, and a sewing machine, of course. This little spot shown above became my haven, my escape, my sanity. (yes all the fabric you see was all the fabric I had…oh my how that has changed…) I have such good memories of this time in my life. It’s like I finally found a part of myself that had been missing.
I learned all I could about sewing, soaking up knowledge, trying out tutorial after tutorial online, making my own (kinda pathetic) patterns for softies (that cat had no tail!)…bibs, blankets, baby blocks, quilts, burp cloths. Discovering the world of sewing and craft blogs was the best day of my life. (Aside from getting married, giving birth, yada yada.)
Yet, I kept insisting that sewing clothing was “too hard”. (Yeah I know, I’m laughing now too) For some reason I resisted sewing clothes for quite awhile. I’m just a wee bit stubborn. Especially when it comes to fighting with myself. I couldn’t win! Oh, but I tried.
Thanks again, Jess! We can’t get enough of your sewing either :). Hope you all have a fantastic weekend!