Nov 28, 2012
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 want to hear from you!