Thoughts on not sewing everything

Last month, I bought twenty items of clothing – basically a non-capsule seasonal wardrobe, all at once.

I bought:

  • 6 knit tops
  • 4 pieces of workout gear
  • 3 blouses
  • 3 sweaters
  • 2 pieces of outerwear
  • 2 dresses

Fifteen of them were purchased second-hand, three purchased new.

This was very unusual for me and, I’m guessing, for most people. (Shockingly, everything fits in my tiny closet and tiny bureau.) As a sewer, my MO for the past few years has been to sew everything I want or need. It’s brought me to a place where I can stitch myself up a new pair of jeans, undies or even a winter coat. It’s been the best way for me to learn how to sew and I put in tons of hours to make it happen.

Other equally-rewarding activities have started to gain a foothold in my schedule, though, like dancing, reading and getting eight hours of sleep every night. With these positive changes, planning to sew every garment I needed wasn’t working anymore. My sewing queue was growing longer as my output had slowed, and even with my new budget, fabric and patterns have been building up waiting to be sewn.

The revelation that I no longer aspire to sew everything I wear has hit me gradually over the last month. I think it started when I wrote up my IG post for Sew Photo Hop’s “knit vs. woven?” theme. I love me some wovens. I barely tolerate most knit projects, nor am I as excited with the finished garment when I’m done. As I was typing out my post for that day, it dawned on me that maybe I don’t need to sew knits. And I felt a twinge of relief. There will be exceptions – I do what I want, when I want, and contradict myself constantly. I’ve enjoyed making my own undies and even swimsuits. Plus, I have some knit fabrics stashed. But it’s 100% ok to not sew all of my t-shirts and tank tops.

This was my liberated mindset when I walked into one of my favorite local second-hand stores, and I was richly rewarded. I found things I needed (like a knee-length down coat) and things that make it easier to get dressed for work in the morning (a jeans jacket, some dresses, work blouses and knit tops), and they all fit acceptably well, even in the shoulders. I was elated and made two more trips to the Goodwill. I found a few pieces of workout gear and yet more knits. Finally, I bought three other harder-to-thrift workout garments new from a retail store.

I feel satisfied and done with shopping. I’m grateful the capricious thrift-store gods were on my side. I’m going to be warm and well-dressed this fall and winter and I won’t be trying to convince myself I could and should sew a down jacket as I shiver on my walk to the bus in the morning (even though that would be an amazing project….)

Now I can focus on sewing projects that bring me satisfaction. I didn’t buy any jeans or pants, by design – I love sewing those and I love the fit I can achieve. I’m also yearning for more outerwear projects. I’ve been sewing for others, and have a pair of jeans for my husband almost finished in addition to a dress for my best friend and a baby quilt project. I’m even considering refashioning my husband’s beat-up winter coat for him (don’t hold me to that) instead of sewing him a new one.

I can easily imagine a day in the future when I want to return to sewing everything, but for now I’m thoroughly enjoying my new paradigm.

And on the topic of jeans, I’ll be back shortly with some Morgan jeans variations I sewed this spring, summer and fall!


67 thoughts on “Thoughts on not sewing everything

  1. I feel the same! I’m done sewing things that I either don’t enjoy making (difficult fabrics, basically) or actually prefer the fit and quality of RTW fabrics and finishes (jeans, chunkier knitwear). Definitely a liberating thing to realise!

    1. Difficult fabrics weren’t even on my mind when I wrote this, but that’s a great point – but how sorry would I be if I didn’t sew silk chiffon again? It’s tough; I do like challenging myself, but sometimes it’s enough to have done something a few times and realize there’s no joy in it! There’s always the possibility of changing your mind later.

  2. I found it hugely liberating to decide that I didn’t have to sew knit tops and a few other things that you can reliably pick up second hand, or even new but cheap. It frees me to do sewing I really enjoy, and then I enjoy the act of sewing so much more – making a nice wool or silk dress is much more fun for me than battling with knit fabric to make a top which isn’t that different from what H&M can supply for less money. Also, I like the satisfaction of making something decent which *would* cost a lot to buy and feeling secretly smug about it…

    1. “Battling” is such a good word to describe me and sewing knits. I think I would need to buy different equipment to make it as enjoyable as sewing wovens, and I don’t want to do that right now.

  3. I’m at this same point right now too. I just started working again and my sewing list was getting ridiculously long. I just don’t have the time to sew it all and enjoy my free time. Buying some pieces has really taken a bit of stress away and I can focus on the things I enjoy sewing and take my time. Can’t wait to see your Morgan jeans-those are next on my list!

    1. Congratulations on your new job!! Honestly, I think the only way I managed to sew as much as I did while I was working full-time was I was very single-minded about it. I enjoyed that time, but things have changed for me. I’m sure being a mom makes your sewing time extra, extra precious!

  4. I don’t sew outdoor wear or athletic wear. Finding the fabrics in colors and fabrications I like is just about impossible. I spend a fair amount of my life engaged in outdoor activities so that clothing really has to perform. I also buy RTW from brands that are doing everything they can to be environmental and socially conscious.Sourcing that sort of materials is tough. I am all about sewing what it is you like to sew. Why not????

    1. Yah, I can see that! Finding good ribbing, elastics, bindings, closures, seam sealant sounds… complicated. I like your approach to buying new RTW; it’s nice to have a few responsible options at your disposal when you really need something.

  5. You are so right! I also purchased some RTW recently – for me it’s jeans right now – can’t be bothered sewing them! Just because we can sew, doesn’t mean everything must be sewn. At least you found yours in a second hand shop – mine are new and probably sewn in highly unethical conditions…. eeek!!

    1. So funny how different we all our when it comes to our favorite projects – jeans are really one of my favorite projects! I think sewing and shopping responsibly is an on-going process. Now that you’ve got some jeans to wear, you can take your time researching your next pair if you like!

  6. I’m a bit like this with bras! Just can’t see I’m going to get pleasure from it! Glad you’ve found what sounds like the ultimate op shop!

    1. I’ve been shopping there for… 16 years at this point? It’s always been decent, but never before have I found this many wonderful, useful things. I think it was meant to enforce the idea that I don’t need to sew it all!

      Oh, bras. I hear you. I think they’re really interesting, and I have dabbled with sewing them, but all I really wear are bralettes. If I wore them more, or I had a hard-to-fit size, it might sound better. Paradoxically, I think swimsuits are really fun! Btw, I’m seriously jealous of the cardigans and knits you create – I think I’d have a different opinion on knits if I sewed those better.

      1. I’m so lucky that I have some local stores that stock really good knits. Most of the stuff I’ve bought online have been duds. The fabric quality really makes the project so much easier!

  7. I can so relate to that! I still enjoy sewing almost all of my clothes and I am looking forward to sewing a real coat or jeans but I have a feeling this phase will be over in a while…. For example I need a few close fitting knit tops for layering and I will just buy those! I don’t enjoy sewing these and it just takes time away from sewing things I enjoy more. Buying good quality /organic /local clothes is a very good option for me. It’s weird that a decision like this can feel liberating! Nobody is forcing me to sew all my clothes after all!

    1. We are on the same page about knit base layers!

      I’m not sure how/when I adapted the mindset of sewing everything. I’m glad I did, and I’m also glad I can read the signs that it’s time to move out of that mindset. Exciting you are on the same path!

  8. I absolutely agree with you about this! Life’s too short to sew stuff because of a misplaced sense that you should, just because you can. We all need to cut ourselves some slack from time to time and that’s totally ok. Sometime last year I remembered that I even (… whisper it…) ENJOY shopping for clothes, just as much as making them. It’s different, that’s all. And if it means I can follow the sewing whims instead of obliging myself to slog through a list, well, good!

    Looking forward to seeing your morgan jeans! I made a couple pairs this summer, they were my first ‘real’ jeans and I really enjoy having done it. Jury’s still out on whether I ever make more, but given how pleased it makes me to wear them, it’s pretty likely!

    1. Haha! Your whispered comment made me chuckle. Congrats on trying out jeans sewing! They do get addictive, and the nice thing is they get a lot of mileage for a single sewing project.

  9. Amen to this! I’m at a very stable point where at least 85% of my wardrobe is me-made… but that 15% I’m going to keep buying when it wears out. Some things I just can’t sew as well (like thin cardigans) and some I just don’t want to spend my time sewing (like a full range of coats). It’s a hobby! Glad you bought what you needed and now you can sew for fun!

    1. Yah, thin cardigans are impossible!! There’s a reason designing and manufacturing for knits is a specialty – it’s made in such a different way and I’ll bet thin cardigans are impossible to replicate without a knitting machine of some kind. If we lived closer, maybe we could arrange some kind of knits / coats trade 🙂

  10. I know what you mean! My job has just gone full time, and my free time feels so limited – I’ve always felt a bit guilty about the clothes I’ve bought that I could have sewn but there are only 24 hours in a day, and 8 of those are supposed to be dedicated to sleep…

  11. Good for you! This is a hard decision to come to.

    I think that your approach is the right one. The trouble with me is that I fell embarrassed every time I wear RTW now. Not sure why. Not sure who I think I am being accountable to. Maybe that large fabric stash and the fact that I get more joy from fabric shopping than clothes shopping. In saying that, my most worn clothing is a pair of hand me down RTW shorts from my sister. Somehow, RTW shorts always seem sturdier than my me-makes and shorts are my staple.

    Enjoy your liberation from the me-made mindset….I’m sure it will bring you more joy to only sew what you really want and to enjoy those other hobbies as well.

    1. Yes, for a long time I felt less like myself when I was wearing RTW, even if it was old or thrifted. I think my identity was very much wrapped up in my sewing!

      I agree on the shorts thing! I only have one pair of home-sewn shorts, but they’re more like retro-style gym shorts. My other two favorites are a 10-year-old pair I bought at a discount store and a pair I bought second-hand recently.

      The stash guilt can get me, too. Even though mine isn’t huge, it still manages to yell at me! I’ve actually moved it into another area of my house and just go visit it when I’m working on something. It feels cleaner that way!

  12. It’s so funny that you wrote this post – I came to the same aha moment yesterday. I don’t know if I ever consciously decided, I’m going to sew every piece of clothing that I wear. But I started doing it. And wearing the same pair of red pants far too often because I didn’t have time to make a pair of black pants. Today, I went to a store and bought a pair of nice black pants. And just like that, the imaginary pressure is off. Whew!

    1. “Imaginary pressure” is the right phrase! I can’t remember making a conscious decision to sew everything and yet somehow I started to think that way. I don’t regret it, but glad to realize it wasn’t serving me anymore.

  13. Morgan, you are singing my song. The sewing for satisfaction part really hits home. Just because we can doesn’t mean we have to, and when you consider the sustainable goals we started seeing with, often adopting a used garment is more sustainable than buying new fabric and sewing something.

    1. Yes! I started sewing on thrifted sheets but as I learned more I started wanting more specific fabrics. I don’t think there’s anything wrong with that as long as I’m making something I’ll love, wear, and enjoy making but I’m really excited to have found good thrifted options for garments I just don’t enjoy sewing.

  14. I feel the same! I can’t see myself ever needing to sew a tee shirt… I prefer to focus on things I have a hard time finding in stores, like dresses that fit just so…

  15. Yes yes and yes, my fellow sewing people! I bought a pair of black jeans and a nude bra in the spring. Made my life so much easier!! This fall, I have very little time to sew, but also very few tops that fit – I’ll be shopping. Although it’s tough, because some things, like my preferred easy fitting blouses & tunics, are actually pretty painless to sew. But there are only so many hours in the day. I think it’s great that we’re all so conscious of the decision to make vs. buy, and the different shopping options we have to choose from. Conscious consumption ftw.

    1. Yes. There were times when I wanted to spend all those non-working hours sewing, but I think I’ve learned to take better care of myself recently. Sewing is still a beloved hobby, but as you said, it’s nice to know your options!

  16. First time commenter and subscriber! 🙂 I’ve just started sewing and really would like to sew everything for the next year, though it’s heartening to hear that even an experienced sewist like yourself chooses to buy something 🙂 love your blog, really inspiring pieces that are practical and stylish!

    1. Hi there! Thanks for commenting and subscribing. I hope you find the right balance of sewing/not sewing for yourself as you embark on your sewing career! Of course, it seems to change over time 🙂

  17. Hi, I’ve read your blog for sometime but never commented. I just wanted to add that in my home country of Australia there is a famous gardener/home self-sufficiency writer who I read a bit. She once said that the final 10% of trying to be completely self-sufficient is hell. So aim to be 90% self-sufficient for a good an happy life. I’ve very much incorporated this into sewing. I don’t want to sew my kids spare kindergarten clothes (we live in Germany) that sit in a locker ‘just in case’ of accidents. But I will happily devote time and energy to a sweet dress or fun shirt. Enjoy your blog. Thanks!

    1. I can see how you would be very unmotivated to sew up a set of “just in case” clothes for your kiddos! Now I’m curious if I ever hit 90% in terms of making my clothes. I certainly continued to buy second-hand and new RTW for my husband – I guess my self-sufficiency goals really only extended to… myself! Thanks for commenting, Sally!

  18. This is a great post and put a lot of stuff I’ve been thinking about into words. Taking the seamless pledge was a huge achievement for me, but when life got insanely stressful this year it was also a bit of a curse. So I told myself one day that I don’t HAVE to make everything, and the rules I made for myself can be stretched. So I didn’t even make my own wedding dress and it was such a relief…. Having had a long break from sewing (not voluntary) I’m excited to get back into it, but I’m trying to remove the pressure and sew for fun as well 🙂 Looking forward to seeing your makes, as always.

    1. I felt the same way about Me-Made-May when I first signed up, and it’s nowhere near as massive of a challenge as Seamless! I was in my first full year of sewing and just decided to go for it. I panic-sewed and refashioned like it was my job! It was super fun and absorbing – really got me into the game of making what I wear and wearing what I make – but I’m ok with that phase coming to a close. GOOD FOR YOU for not forcing yourself to sew your wedding dress. Your wedding looked fantastic and still full of DIY magic, from what I saw on IG!

  19. i’ve been having similar thoughts lately.. well, similar and totally different at the same time, as i actually really enjoy sewing knits and all those casual everyday stuff.. love making outerwear too, but i’m not too keen on making super detailed stuff with ton of little details and topstitching, i’m way to impatient fot that.. anyways, some time ago i got this idea that i wanna make me some jeans.. haven’t worn any jeans in over 10 years, and i don’t even know am i going to like wearing them, so why bother sewing a pair that i possibly might not wear, and waste my time and fabric.. so, the plan is to buy one pair first, wear it a bit, see how it feels, and then if i like it, maybe sew me a pair.. i am yet to buy that first pair, though 😀 so you’re way ahead of me in this new game

    1. I think it’s so interesting to hear what kinds of sewing projects people really love. I’m pretty much guaranteed to love projects with oodles of topstitching and details. I also love seeing your knit projects – they look so professional and stylish.

      Jeans are one of my favorite projects because they’ve been a staple for many years! So I get to wear my home-sewn jeans a ton. I’ll be curious to see if you end up buying or sewing some!

  20. I can see how one would end up in the “sew all the things!” mindset, with the blog and instagram challenges around the place. I’ve definitely felt swayed, but then I remind myself, if I make all my t-shirts, then what about my beloved band t-shirts? If I feel myself getting too overwhelmed, i try to remind myself of what my style is, how much time I have, and how much of that time do I want to spend sewing?

    1. Yah, constant sewing inspiration is a blessing and a curse! There is so much more now than when I started sewing. I’m glad, but also need to remember that my sewing output in no way can match the output of the sewing internet.

      I’m envious of your band t-shits! I am kind of a cheapskate and don’t buy t-shirts when I’m at a show. Then I regret it later!

  21. I haven’t fully reached this point yet, (I’m trying to sew a jacket in less than two weeks before we leave for Japan as we speak) but I completely understand where you come from. I feel like I’ll reach that point in no time. Lately, I haven’t been sewing as much, I have been enjoying my time reconnecting with old hobbies. With less time for sewing, I can’t imagine myself still wanting to make everything. Right now, I’m okay with wearing/buying RTW shirts and cardigans. I abhor sewing knits. Work out clothes, especially sport bras, are all RTW. I can’t get the same support if I were to sew my own sports bra.

    1. I know this wasn’t the main point of your comment, but you’re so lucky to be going to Japan!! I was there this time last year, and am pining to go back. I hear ya on sports bras – those were two out of my twenty purchases!

  22. Congratulations!! This is a hard hurdle to get over, and it’s really liberating to allow yourself to go buy a tee when you need it. Speaking from experience… I’ve finally accepted I really like the fit and fabric of uniqlo tees and it’s fine to just go buy a couple. Totally changes the getting dressed experience on hard days, and it felt so good to file away the stack of tee patterns I had sitting out for making/testing/refining for years!

    1. Thanks, Kelly! What you said about changing the experience of getting dressed on hard days resonated with me. Even when I was most devoted to the idea of sewing everything, I’ve always valued making getting dressed in the morning easier. Most women face a major cognitive when they sift and sort through their varied wardrobe to put together an “outfit”; if a couple of t-shirts help you do that, I think it’s a positive!

  23. When I first learned to sew that was my goal…to sew everything. I wanted a closet full of me mades. After about a year I experienced burn out. I almost felt bad buying RTW clothing. I felt like I was cheating because I could make it myself. I got over it. Working full time makes it hard to sew all the time plus I LOVE to thrift and go shopping at the mall every now and then. Sewing is a relaxing hobby for me….just like shopping 🙂

    1. Yes to missing thrifting! I’ve been thrift shopping for about 17 years now, and I really enjoy it. Sewing has helped me refine my sense of what a good piece is, though; I used to thrift loads of clothes because they were cheap and kinda worked. I’m better at finding great pieces, and, if I’m not itching to sew something similar, I should nab it!

  24. I still prefer to sew than to buy RTW, at least for the pieces that I can make. I think I have conditioned my mind so deeply that I can’t turn back. This said, I understand your point – you have to do what you feel.

    1. I completely understand. I know I will miss the rigor of not sewing everything on some levels and may return to that mentality some day! If I didn’t have good second-hand options for RTW, this would have been a harder transition. Happy sewing, Hélène!

  25. Oh Morgan, I literally could have written this post word for word. Aside from the thrifting bit – I am so rubbish at thrifting decent wearable clothes! I don’t really enjoy sewing knits, I don’t get enough sleep as I stay up way to late sewing every night. I don’t do anything else hobby wise and it’s totally unrealistic of me to make all of my own clothes. I too am slowly coming to the realisation that taking time to make things I enjoy making and wearing and not bothering with trying to make basics which I have no desire to do, is where I should be. Great post wise lady xx

    1. Only took me 7 years to get to this point 🙂 I honestly loved the process of getting here, though. I don’t think the time I spent trying to make my husband’s t-shirts were a waste, even if I don’t want to do it again! Good luck on your path to finding the right balance of what you sew and don’t sew. PS – online thrifting has come a long way! I know you follow certain designers, so you might like sites like Poshmark of Thredflip. (I haven’t bought anything from either yet.) You can buy/sell secondhand clothes and it’s more targeted than eBay. Pricier than, for instance, the Goodwill, but easier to search!

  26. How liberating! Somehow I’ve been on a self appointed crusade to make EVERYTHING for a while now and I’m realising how time consuming and unrealistic it is! I also have a lot of other interests which I have totally neglected in order to sew all the things, not to mention a husband and kid! Thanks for sharing your thoughts, it’s really got me thinking 🙂

    1. I was thinking about it this weekend, and one thing I didn’t consider when writing this post was how it’s probably good for us to see how difficult it is to sew everything we want and need! And it’s great to also find the right balance for us, with this new awareness. I hope you find the right balance for you, Kate!

  27. Yes this is quite the conundrum! I unpicked every stitch of my favourite skinny jeans this year. The fabric had become loose but the bones were still good so I thought like a good sewer I would re-create a pattern for them and sew a new pair. I then went and bought the exact same pair new again because I couldn’t face the idea of recreating these jeans, and promptly felt bad about it. So, I really relate to what you’re saying…the original reason for sewing for me was THE JOY, so guilt should really have no business in my sewing nook!

    1. Oh, that’s too funny. I have a pair of leggings stored up for just this purpose, fully intending to duplicate them in a responsible fabric, but I wear them so often that I had to buy a replacement pair just to get through the week. It took the pressure off!

  28. What a great post Morgan, and such interesting comments! I too feel guilty if I buy new, to the extent that I’m doing without winter trousers yet again this year as I haven’t got round to making any & can’t find what I want second-hand. It’s pretty ridiculous, I should just go buy some, but then I really don’t enjoy shopping anymore either.
    In terms of sewing I love sewing basics – tshirts, sweatshirts, skirts. I get such satisfaction from sewing things I wear every day. However I want to make a winter coat this year as well so I should just accept this & buy some trousers! Why do we put ourselves under so much pressure?!

    1. I don’t enjoy shopping for new stuff, either. I find stores pretty stressful; total sensory overload. That said, I hope you find some warm trousers, new or thrifted! I’ve had some unnecessarily cold winters because of vague plans to sew warm stuff and it’s not very pleasant 😋 I’m excited you’re sewing a coat!

  29. Last month, I was in Kyiv. They’ve just opened a huge department store there featuring 170 Ukrainian designers. Prices were good, quality amazing! I bought a few knit tee-shirts, one knit yoga jumpsuit and one viscose dressing gown, because I could not be bothered to making them and even if I would, it’s take me ages to sew. Besides, I felt good supporting local designers.

    My sewing life was OK, before I started my blog. Since then, I felt so much pressure from the sewing community to make everything! For a long time, I did not sew with knits and it felt almost like a sacrilege 🙂 I also noticed an urge to justify myself whenever I wore RTW. How horrible! On top of that, sewing is not my only hobby, which limits the time I can spend making my own clothes. Last weekend, I felt so stressed that I did not sew for the entire month, because I went on a business trip, had two yoga workshops and had to complete waterolour homework for my online course! Your post validated my feelings: Why putting so much pressure one oneself? Why justifying something that does not need to be justified? I want to enjoy my hobbies and cultivate them! And I could not agree with you more about shivering without a coat, because for some reason you did not sew it!

  30. I’m glad you’re finding a balance that works for you, especially when it makes space and time for other things important to you, like dancing and sleep! It’s so easy to get caught up in sewing as a lifestyle choice or an ethical decision rather than a hobby, which kind of sucks the joy out of it.

  31. I’ve been feeling exactly the same way lately. I’ve gotten really into roller derby, and have been spending most of my non-work/non-derby time reading or knitting or cooking. A weird part of me has felt guilty, because I have a huge list of things I could sew, and things that I need with winter approaching. I had this wistful thought the other day that I could go buy some nice jeans, and find a few sweaters, but I kind of just shrugged it off, like, well OF COURSE I can’t do that. Your post feels like it gives me permission. I’m allowed to change. What I like, what I do, it’s all allowed to change. I guess I didn’t really realize I was putting myself in a box by telling myself I can only make my own clothes, but now I definitely see that…

  32. Good on you! I think we put a lot of pressure on ourselves to achieve self-imposed expectations, that may or may not be achievable, and when we don’t succeed it can actually become stressful – life is stressful enough! I experienced this with running, it became a huge stress to ‘have’ to keep up with the plan, so I ditched it for a couple of months and now I’m running free and happy again! I see a lot of sewers wanting to make everything, which is really admirable, but many of us just don’t have time or resources. Plus, I think we get to a learning plateau where we have learnt most of what we personally need to.

  33. This is a great post Morgan and a fabulous revelation. I think that you have to find what works best for you, and sewing should be fun. It’s your hobby! If you don’t want to sew something, then it’s probably not fun anymore. Why do that to yourself? I have to admit, that I have felt guilty buying RTW items, but sometimes there’s something that catches my eye, that I know I won’t be able to make, because I can’t find the right fabric, or it’s a souvenir from a trip. I’m glad that you are finding some balance (and relief) and now I want to hear more about the dancing! 😉

  34. I found myself nodding along in agreement while reading this blog post. For a while now I feel like everyone in the sewing blogosphere are making jeans and underwear… jeans I’ve tried and found the process boring, underwear I can’t bring myself to even try.
    It took my husband to point out to me that it’s my hobby so I should enjoy it not see it as a chore.

  35. Totally agree – I aim to buy 2nd hand or ethically produced when shopping for RTW, & in reality that is more transparent than a lot of the clothes I sew, where I have no idea of the providence of the fabric. I think having the time to make things you really want to sew is more likely to result in a garment you really love and keep wearing.

  36. Had the same feeling for the past months, though I’m just a beginner. Soon did I realize that I am good only at making baby/toddler pants. Nevertheless, I still want to make some tops (blouses) so I have something to wear in the office after my maternity leave.. But all those other challenging projects… They’re too tim consuming…

  37. I’m slowly seeing more for myself, filling my wardrobe with custom pieces, and my baby daughter has a handful too. But what I’ve realised is that a better goal for myself would be to perfect my alteration skills. I find it absolutely satisfying if I can refashion and adjust clothes I or my sisters have or pick up second hand. You can’t beat a well-fitting garment.

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