Sewing is considered both a skill and an art and just like the other artists, we all have our own distinct style or sewing personality, if you will. You see, it's just like in the art world where Pablo Picasso is different from Salvador Dali and Frida Kahlo is certainly worlds apart from Vincent Van Gogh!
A survey done by Dr Stian Reimers determined that it is our personalities that largely determine our preferences in art, whether we are art lovers or practitioners. The same survey shows that extroverts tend to prefer art that doesn't endeavour to paint reality while introverts appreciate realism more. And together with experience and emotional quotient, personality drives you to prefer impressionism, abstract art, pop art, surrealism, realism or cubism and the like. So do you happen to know your own sewing personality?
The Different Types of Sewing Personalities
Knowing your sewing personality can help you practice your art better because, as they say in art school, it will help you find your real voice. In this way, you will know exactly what types of sewing projects make you more fulfilled and happier because with them, you can truly express yourself.
So to make matters a bit simpler, let me suggest that there are four major types of sewing personalities and they are: the Vintage Lover, the Queen of Quirks, the Thrifty Dame and the Art Deco Diva. I'm sure you could come up with more categories of sewing personality but these groups seem to work for me.
The Vintage Lover
If you are always strongly drawn to the character of a vintage dress, its whimsy and uniqueness, consider yourself a vintage lover. You probably use a vintage sewing machine and your last sewing project was Elizabeth Taylor’s favorite skirt. Perhaps you have even worn your grandmother’s wedding dress on your own big day. The thing is you simply cannot resist a vintage sewing pattern because you love sewing dresses from the 1950’s, 1930’s, 1920’s, and beyond, since you absolutely do not mind sewing all those intricate details. And when you look at the latest fad, you cannot help thinking that they just don’t make dresses like they used to before. Needless to say, you prefer Classical to Modern art.
For any Vintage Lovers out there, the following article about printing vintage sewing pattern envelopes on a printable fabric purse may be of interest:
The Queen of Quirks
Your sewing room is cluttered and disorganized and you tend to collect all kinds of fabrics and notions. And when you sew, you want to create something that no one else has done before. This is because you are driven by a constant pursuit of your own personal authenticity through your art. This means skipping the usual patterns and heading right on to your peculiar ideas. One of the reasons why you are sewing your own clothes is precisely because you don’t want to wear the same clothes like everybody else who simply buy their garments from the stores. You are also the type who do not like to throw anything away because who knows, it might just be the right accent for your next creation. And really, nobody will be surprised if Avant-Garde art is your cup of tea.
Quirky Queens might enjoy this article the Cosplay Phenomenon:
The Thrifty Dame
You can make dresses out of old curtains and pillowcases because you are a genius in cutting corners while still coming up with fabulous creations. When you start a new project, you either check what you have on hand or rush towards the local thrift shop to find a way to make a sewing project without spending too much. Unlike the quirky dame, your sewing room is more organized but you also don’t like to dispose of anything since turning scraps into a work of art makes you happy. Indeed, you can consider yourself a Post-Modernist and a mistress of upcycling!
For all those Thrifty Dames out there, you may find this article on upcycling kids clothing right up your alley:
Art Deco Diva
You like to keep things clean and crisp. If we go inside your sewing room, we will find that everything has their own designated place. The same is true with your simple and amazing creations. You love to make clothes that are fashionably elegant but understated. So when you choose your next sewing pattern chances are you want something that does not have too much clutter. You tend to stick to the classic style then add your own personal twist because you love the mix of clean lines, the modern and the old, of the Art Deco movement.
If you're in this category, your sewing room may need one of these handy and easy serger scrap catchers:
What Is Your Sewing Personality?
So, can you identify yourself in any of the sewing personalities above? If not, leave me a note so we can add more to this list because there are simply so many different kinds of sewing personalities out there. Suffice it to say that creativity makes the world go round!