I'm totally into the idea of slow fashion. I'd like to take up sewing again and sew some simple but stylish items using Very Easy Vogue patterns or similarly easy patterns. The difficulty is that I'd like to do it by hand and want to know if this is practical. If not I may buy a basic sewing machine, but I'd love to try sewing and finishing by hand. Details inside.
I learned basic hand sewing as a girl, and helped my mother sew basic dresses on her machine. This was a long time ago! I now would like to sew some simple dresses and tops with nice fabric (e.g., linen, cotton/silk blends) for myself, but I don't have a machine. I've been looking at machines online and I kind of realize I don't really WANT one; I'd like to sew entire garments by hand. This kind of fits in with my general notion of slow fashion, but if I'm letting myself in for something totally impractical I'd like to know. The idea of NOT acquiring yet another electric appliance and having to find a place to store it when I'm not using it, of being able to sit quietly at a table and stitch with care and attention, is very appealing. I ordered and received this pattern for a misses' dress
and thought it might make a good starter project.
But if I'm romanticizing what it takes to make a wearable and durable garment by hand, then I'm definitely soliciting the cold fish in the face here, so to speak! Not ruling out buying a machine someday, but I would love to see if I really take to this process. Sewists out there--do you think I can do it?
I'm also thinking of buying this couture hand sewing book
as a reference and inspiration, and probably a basic sewing book as well.
For what it's worth I'm a very advanced knitter with a good idea of garment construction, having knitted a number of sweaters and coats and a top or two, and sewn them together successfully.
Thanks, hive mind!