Why do I sew?
Short answer is, because I love it! The long answer is, I enjoy the process of creating! I enjoy making things that make me look and feel good. I like the growth and I like what it affords me: the ability to make whatever I want, in any color, shade texture or size! And oh, I like the sewing community and being a part of such a grand movement of home sewers! So, I started out sewing as a means to an end. I was super cheap and I needed to get clothes altered. A friend said "it's easy to add a dart" to a pair of pants; but I realized, it's not easy lol. I made one dart on the side of my pants because I had no idea about garment construction so I didn't see a problem with one large dart! In theory, the dart removed the space at my waist, but it also added some horrible bunching on the side. My friend saw my dart and said, "girl, no, you have to make two darts to even it out". I'm a researcher, so I started looking at blogs and Youtube tutorials and eventually decided that garment construction would give me the foundation to understand how things fit, why they don't fit and how to fix any issues. I love how I started out for one reason, and it turned into an obsession, a hobby and a lifestyle for me.
Why do I blog about it?
I started out as a fashion blogger, and I knew that I wanted to document what I made, when I made it and my growth. I also wanted to inspire the beginner, the plus size sewer to make exactly what they wanted and to see and make it fit their bodies. So, let's go back, in my early stages of sewing, I actually started out on sewing pattern review before I even thought of blogging again. Patterns were expensive and I didn't know about pattern sales at the time lol. I yearned to see how a pattern would look on someone with a similar body to my own and get guidance on how to make it work. I knew what a blog entailed and with social media and pictures, I wasn't sure if I wanted to be bothered to be honest. As I got serious about sewing, at that point where I knew this wasn't just another "craft or Hobby" that I would abandon, like scrap booking and crochet lol. I got serious about who I followed and my resources. When I started following sewing bloggers, I knew I had something to share and contribute beyond just a review. I had perspective, style and the need step out of every box "people" have for plus size women. I wasn't thinking of a business or making money, I just wanted to share and be consistent; something I failed to do the first time around the blogging world. I wanted to see where this road would lead me, and from past experience, I knew I had to put in the work and stay consistent to be successful.
Her story doesn't stop here! Please take a minute to look in at Made By Laquana to learn more about her sewing/blogging journey...