The other day I was discussing my sewing skills with a friend, and she asked me what level I considered my sewing skills at. My answer has always been beginner, which was at the tip of my tongue, but what came out was, I don't know...
It made me step back and reassess my skills, and I asked myself the question, what am I, what do I want to be, and am I there yet?
Here are the answers that I've come up with.
1. What am I? I am a sewist, a seamstress, a maker, a doer. I'm not a sewer, as that translates to sewage, lol.
2. What do I want to be? Everything that I already am, plus, a drafter, a designer, and a creator.
3. Am I there yet? Unfortunately, no, not yet. But I'm on an incredible journey that has as many bends and curves as a river, and I hope it never ends. I hope there will always be something I want to add to the list, to keep me from "getting there", because I'm loving the journey so much.
The day I started fiddling with my little "cheapest, most basic machine", I never thought I would get to where I am. I threw in the towel three times on my journey (with gaps as long as over a year), but my passion for sewing, even though I didn't know how, kept me coming back and trying again. And thanks to many people along the way, I learned to sew.
I no longer consider myself "beginner". Not that that's a bad place to be. It's a great place. But what's even greater is seeing the progress one has made.
I don't know what to call myself now, I've never been good at rating my own work, I guess a person can have problems with being too humble, because they sell themselves short. I guess intermediate or something along that line.
And someday, maybe someday, I can sew up my own designs, that I can completely call my own. Oh, sure, I can tweak a pattern, or even make fairly drastic changes, but I always need a pattern to start. And that's ok. For now.
While I'm in, I'd like to share how my Annnabelle dress from Violet Field Threads is coming along. The girls and my house are not allowing me much sewing time, but little by little I'm getting it done. Here's a pic of how far I am. Thanks for stopping in, and I hope I inspire you to learn a new skill as others have inspired me!