DIY Fashion – You Can Sew Your Own Wardrobe Essentials Let me start by saying I love fashion. I have loved style and fashion since I could remember. Keep in mind this was long before the craze of designer labels became main stream, in the way my children have experienced it. I am talking about living in a very small town in the 1960’s and 70’s and the fashion available was in a mail order catalogue from the large department stores. When my siblings would look at the toy section of the Sears Catalogue, I was looking at the kids fashion and would drool because my parents didn’t have much money and I am the youngest of five kids. My mom is a very resourceful women and sewing for her family was as important as gardening and canning. So for me this is where it all began. I learned at a young age that when you cannot afford that blouse or dress you love so much, you make it yourself. How important fashion is to someone is personal to each of us. Our reasons for wearing clothes, ranges from necessity to down right competition with your peers. All the designer labels can make your head swim, and yet for some of us, it defines who we are. No matter what your reason for wearing clothes, you can create your own wardrobe. So what happens when you cannot afford to buy a silk blouse you love in the boutique you pass on your way to work? You do the very best thing and sew that blouse yourself. Let’s say this blouse you love is about $200.00 and it is 100% silk. No problem, you get home from work and start with an online search. Look for fabric stores in your area. This way you can get one on one help from an experienced sales clerk. Or you peruse the pattern companies online and start finding the online fabric stores available. The reasons for do it yourself fashion is simple: You get what you want when you can’t afford ready to wear. You can create garments to fit your body, giving a custom fit. You achieve a well made garment that no one else is going to be seen in. There are countless sewing patterns to choose from and if you get creative you can mix pattern pieces together and design your own clothes, but I won’t get carried away too much. If you are a beginner at sewing or your skills are limited then stick to the simple patterns available and try your hand at do it yourself wardrobe building. You can start with these pattern websites: Here are some popular fabric websites These are just a few sites you may be interested in seeing. The pattern companies, are frequently updating their patterns for the new seasons as well as mid way through the seasons. You will constantly be able to have up to date fashion trends as well as the classic fashions you love. If you are needing some extra help with your sewing techniques, search online for sewing classes in your area. There are small business that offer basic and intermediate sewing classes that will suit you. I hope this is encouraging you to learn to sew and create wardrobe essentials that will make your co- workers, family and friends jealous, because you are so clever and creative. Happy sewing.