I keep buying little offcuts of beautiful fabrics, collecting them over the years, hoping one day to learn to sew so that I can make use of them. Well I think the time has come that I learn. I feel very frustrated that I do not have the skills to whip up a cushion, table runner or even a simple little pencil case. It would be so lovely to be able to make something on a whim. My mum recently bought a little sewing machine because my sister and I both expressed an interest in learning, so now we just need to find the time to get together to learn.
When my mum was young I guess sewing was a necessary life skill - women made everything from clothes to homewares - because it was a lot more affordable and there just wasn't a lot of variety available. I remember my mother making my sister and I bubble skirts in the 80's - so cool! It is a shame that modern conveniences has meant that many women such as myself have let the skill pass them by. I don't plan on sewing anything complicated, and I am a relatively quick learner so I imagine I will pick it up quickly once I get myself in front of a machine.
Some of the fabrics above I already have ideas for - mainly for cushions. The background fabric is my latest purchase, a current Warwick Fabric design - it was a steal on Ebay. I'm thinking of using it on a retro Fler armchair, another Ebay purchase, however I don't have quite enough fabric so I would have to order more at full price $70/metre, ouch. I'm certainly not going to attempt to upholster the armchair by myself though - leave that one for the professionals. I love that the fabric it is mainly white, or off-white with the touch of black pattern to it. The lounges we have ordered for the same room are a black/grey colour, so this fabric would lighten up the look of the room, tying in with all our other white furniture.
I have so many ideas for the other fabrics but rather than bore you to death with the details I just might try to put some plans into action instead. Hopefully I can show off some of my future sewing skills in weeks to come. I am writing this to challenge myself to do it!