Joann Sullivan on December 29th, 2017







When I was in my teens and twenties, I made most of my clothes. I really loved sewing and many of my friends were also into sewing. We would spend hours going over pattern books and hang out at our favorite fabric stores. One of my first jobs after college was sewing men’s western shirts which I sold at local boutiques. It was great fun, but not very lucrative. After that I got busy with work and family and did not have time for sewing any more. My main sewing projects for the past several years have been quilts and things for the house—curtains, pillows, etc. That is fun, but just not the same.

A few months ago I was at a party and met a woman who was wearing a lovely skirt that she had made. It was a very attractive cotton fabric and fit her perfectly. Talking to her piqued my interest in sewing my own clothes again. For me the main questions are: what size do I wear and what styles will look good on me?

Yesterday I received an email from my neighborhood fabric store, Stone Mountain and Daughter. Suzan, the owner of the shop is on a mission. She and her friend Laurel began collaborating four years ago. “We started out with the idea that there is a whole world of people out there who “used to sew” garments for themselves and for one reason or another, they gave up. We thought we’d just start making clothes and blog about our sewing adventures, perhaps enticing those people to come back to sewing. “

Suzann calls it the Garment Sewing Revolution of 2017, but it does not look like it is going to slow down anytime soon. Her blog, The Fabric Lady, is full of ideas for making your own clothes. They have chosen to use the smaller independent pattern companies, many of them owned by women. The designs are great, the fabrics appealing and the sizing more true to our bodies than the traditional pattern companies.

One of my plans for the New Year is to start sewing some of my own clothes again. If you are also interested, check out The Fabric Lady.



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