I used to make some of my own clothes. I learned to sew when I was young girl. My freshman year in high school, I made a prom dress. I wasn't old enough to have a date and go to the prom, but I was on the refreshment committee and would be required to wear a dress that night.
I still sew from time to time but here in the UK, fabric shops are very rare now. Making things isn't nearly as fun as it used to be. Cloth costs more and is harder to come by. It is less expensive to buy a cheap top at the supermarket than to buy the materials and notions needed to run it up myself. How does that make sense?
I have recently completed two baby quilts for my lovely grandsons. It has reignited the satisfaction I get from sewing.
I know how to lay out a pattern and make simple garments, but I want to add to my skill base. I would like to be able to alter the pattern to fit my odd shape. I want to be able to make a pair of trousers. Wool trousers that are fully lined would be nice.
Some of the finest wool fabrics in Europe are woven right here in my part of the country. Couture houses have their materials made near by. I can buy the ends of rolls and factory seconds from the mills that produce cloth for design houses like Dior and Chanel.
I'm going to see about enrolling this week. More on that as we go along.
Philip Larkin: “The Old Fools”
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