I was thinking this morning as I was having my cuppa coffee before work....thinking, .as I always do, sometimes too much...ha. I read so many great blogs....You people have such beautiful sewing skills. Most of the blogs, I've noticed are people trying to hone their sewing skills, trying to become better at their skill, always trying more complex garments and making their TNT's (tried and true). I've seen some amazing talent and learned a few pointers from you. Plus, the inspiration I get is the best.
Me? I started sewing at an early age. Mostly, because sewing clothes was so much more affordable than buying ready made. I am and probably always will be, an extremely frugal sewer. It is hard for me to pay $50 for a jacket when I can make it for a fraction of that cost. In the 60s and 70s I made so many outfits. I wish I had pictures of them all; more so, I wish I had those old patterns. I ended up giving them away to my Mother's friend who helped people learn to sew. I don't regret that at all...but, I sure wish I could just see them again! I wish I would have taken more pics of the blouses and dresses that I made.
My first office job was in 1971 (I think I'm dating myself. lol). I made most of my dresses because I couldn't afford clothes. Then in the 80s I worked for a large lawfirm. The girls knew I had a sewing machine and I started altering clothes and making bridesmaids dresses, whatever was needed. The extra income was nice. Plus, I had my kids then and made alot of outfits for my daughter.
Now, I work for three attorneys and it's only me in the office. So, the alterations business slowed down to just a trickle of people in my neighborhood. But, that's OK! I don't miss it.
So, to answer my own question, in the early days I sewed because I couldn't afford many clothes and now, I sew just for the fun of it. Well, I'm rambling and I have to get to work. Happy Sewing! Peace!