If you realize you have passion for something, go for it. When I was younger, I used to watch my sister come home with little square shaped cotton materials on which she had sewn different types of seams she learned at school. I thought it was interesting so I had her teach me. Over the years, the lesson came in handy when I needed to stitch a torn outfit or just tack a fabric. Fast forward to 2015 when I put these lessons into good use. The first thing I ever made was a mini skirt. It had an elastic waistband and was kind of tacky but I was impressed with myself because prior to that, I had not learnt to cut and I literally had no idea what I was doing but it came out looking ‘wearable’ so I was like I can really do this.

When I truly knew I had something was in the same year, I had this dinner to attend so obviously I needed an outfit. I picked out a style which consisted of a pinafore A-line gown that flowed and draped smoothly with a strapless sweetheart neckline playsuit in burgundy. I found this designer to make the outfit for me but he was overpriced, at least that was what I thought then because I was such a cheap skate so I was not going to pay such an outrageous price to get the dress made. I knew I had to figure things out so I sat down and started to think up ways to make the pinafore gown. It was not easy but I was no quitter so I started something and it came out right, I was so proud of myself especially because I handstitched the whole dress and if you hand stitch, you know it takes a lot of time and energy plus I had not seen any videos on how to make this dress so it was all from creative thinking. But there was no way on this earth I was going to make a playsuit because it is a lot more complicated and its tendency to go wrong was ten folds more than that of the gown.

I went looking for a different designer but this one ended up being a disappointment and now I was stuck with a short time frame and no designer was going to make my playsuit in such a short time span. Desperate times called for desperate measures. I was now faced with the decision of either doing it myself or looking for a different outfit. You already know what I picked. I made the playsuit but it was full of mistakes. The bottom part was tacky, too tight and kept making my V so uncomfortable and the sweetheart neckline could not hold my boobs up and kept falling over. I picked one of my iron hangers and broke it into two, bent the piece I wanted and used it to hold the playsuit in place and thankfully, it didn’t let me down {good tip if you find yourself in such a sticky situation}. I did not care about the bottom part because the skirt of the pinafore was going to cover it up anyway. When I saw the finished work, I was so proud and I really enjoyed making it. I said to myself, I can honestly follow up on this. Everyone loved the dress and kept asking who had made my dress. I felt like beyonce for a whole night. It was so overwhelming.

From that moment onwards, I kept on making outfits, some were rubbish to be honest but others were really good and I can’t explain the pride I feel every time I make something good. I don’t know if it is because I get very creative with my hands and I get so embedded in my work that nothing else makes sense and I have zero worries when I’m in that space. Sewing machines have never worked for me, the electrical one I owned that could only fix light clothes got broken and the manual butterfly one I bought, I broke the first time I tried to thread it so evidently, sewing machines are not my forte. I really am obsessed with hand stitching so I don’t really see it as work or exhausting. Sewing always takes me to a different dimension, it is my special way of meditating and it is something I will love for a very long time.


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