Sweater coat, black t-shirt and tapestry skirt
designed and sewn by me.
Hi, my name is Robin and I sew.
I like wearing a custom-made wardrobe and I don't mind slaving away over a hot steam iron to get it.
I am sewing my way to a closet filled only with pieces I love; only the most flattering and comfortable shirts, jackets, tops, trousers, skirts and dresses will reside in my small closet.
Sewing such a carefully curated wardrobe requires considerable restraint. After all, I am drawn to shiny and sparkly things. I am learning to use the flashier fabrics for scarves and stick with solid colors, subtle stripes and interesting textures for my clothing. It makes dressing in the mornings easier, too.
Also mandatory is a good fit. No, I take that back - a great fit is mandatory.
Why all the sewing? I earn a comfortable living- can't I buy nice things? The short answer is no. Shopping for clothes is such a tedious and disappointing chore that I'd rather spend my time planning what to sew, preparing patterns to fit, and enjoying the sewing process.
Here is an example of ready-to-wear clothing:
And now, here is why I sew:
|made from a self-drafted and custom fitted pattern|
The neck, shoulders & back fit
and the collar is proportioned larger to work with
my 5'9" height.
|The shoulder seams sit on top of my shouders, making the shirt hang|
properly on the front and the back.. No more tugging and pulling all day!
|This shirt is comfortable to wear and makes me happy!|
A decade ago, I would have bought the shirt in the store. Over the last 5 years, dissatisfaction with retail options drove me to dust off my sewing skills and make my own clothing. My blog is all about making clothes that I really love, as opposed to settling. I do not sew everything I wear! I buy what I can, mostly knit tops, sweaters and cardigans.
OK - there is another big fat reason why I sew: expressing my personal aesthetic is deeply satisfying. I am true to myself and that's what matters to me.
I am so glad you are here! No one in my real life sews the way I do. It is a little quirky, no?
If you like to lurk without commenting, that is perfectly OK. If you care to comment, I enjoy getting to know you better. Have a question? Email me! If I can help, I will.
Meeting like-minded sewing enthusiasts in real life is FUN! Email me if you are passing through Baltimore (no serial killers, please). Will you be in New York City? I'll hop on a Bolt Bus with very little arm-twisting. And if I find myself in your neck of the woods, I may contact you. And I promise I am not a serial killer.
Thanks for stopping by!