I've been pondering this question for a long time, readers, and I can't remember what prompted it:
Is home sewing intrinsically more creative than shopping for ready-to-wear?
Does sewing exercise our creative muscle in a way shopping cannot?
It seems like a no-brainer (sewing IS creating, after all).
Yet there's such a wealth of shopping options out there -- different places to hunt, styles from all eras available -- you really do need a well-honed, creative eye to put yourself together today. Which is, I believe, part of the reason why clothes shopping/personal style blogs are so popular and serve such a valuable function. I find many of my favorite style blogs as inspiring as my favorite sewing blogs.
Think about the houses we live in. Who has the more creative job: the
architect, the builder, or the decorator? I think few of us would
choose the builder, who is just constructing something
somebody else (the architect) has designed, and which
someone else (the decorator) will furnish. I think for many home
sewers, making clothes is more like building than like
architecture or decorating. Do you agree?
Before I ever started sewing I was very interested in mid-century decor, and I always considered this highly creative, even if I wasn't actually making anything (except the look of the room) myself. Sort of like curating. What are decorators if not skilled shoppers? I guess it depends on where you're looking. Ikea, not so creative; city dumpster, more creative.
Of course, the home sewer, even if she/he is making
something very basic, is creating something from scratch
(albeit from purchased fabric and
notions) -- the product of one's own vision -- even if the pattern is commercial and followed to the letter.
Readers, I turn to you.
Do you think sewing is more creative than shopping, since you're making something yourself, even it's everyday work clothes?
Can a non-sewer with a masterful eye be equally as (or more) creative than somebody zigzagging their way through a polyfleece pullover project?
And to the sewers among you: do style blogs inspire you as much as sewing blogs?
I'm a native New Yorker and sewing fanatic! I started sewing in 2009 and today make all my own clothes using vintage sewing machines and vintage patterns, in addition to sewing for private clients. Welcome to the warm and whimsical world of Male Pattern Boldness, where the conversation is sewing, style, fashion, fabric, and more!