About the blog name
“Did you make that?”
“Yup, it’s an Abbas Original!”
Spend any significant amount of time with me and you learn that I’m crazy about sewing. I am known for asking coworkers about the construction of their clothing (“Where do those seams meet?”) and staring a bit too hard at strategic fabric gathers in a garment. Friends and coworkers will often ask if I made the blouse/pants/skirt/dress that I am wearing and, as a joke, I started referring to my me-made garments as “originals.” Students and coworkers added my last name and a moniker was born.
Why I blog
I started this blog in 2017 as a way to increase my participation in the online sewing community. When I first started sewing, I began a blog, but it was short lived. I didn’t feel that my knowledge was extensive enough to say much about the patterns or fabric I was using. Also, since my skills were new, the finished garments didn’t fit particularly well. I soon realized my comments were generally unhelpful for readers and took down the blog. Several years later, my skills are much improved and I feel that my insights might be helpful to other sewists.
I have been sewing for six years and am completely obsessed. I started sewing when my then-boyfriend (now my husband) moved out of state for a new job. The arrangement was temporary, but I was a mess without him. I was a full-time graduate student and, in his absence, I started working 24/7. Falling asleep at my computer became a habit and I found that I didn’t have a way to unplug and unwind. I decided I needed a hobby.
I’d always wanted to learn how to sew, so I enlisted the help of a friend and bought my first sewing machine at my local Joann’s store. I worked my way through a Craftsy class, Sewing with Knits, and discovered Tilly’s patterns. Sewing quickly became my absolute favorite thing to do. A strong coffee (or cocktail, depending on the time of day), luscious fabric, and a sewing machine are my perfect recipe for relaxation.
Although I started sewing as a way to relax, I have found it to be incredibly empowering. I can wear what I want, how I want, when I want because I can sew. I can make garments I couldn’t afford to purchase as Ready-to-Wear. Ultimately, sewing gives me complete control of how I present myself to the world and I think that’s AMAZING.