Hello and welcome! My name is Chrissa and Forest of Threads is a lifestyle blog where I focus primarily on style, culture and sewing.
You see, a couple of years ago, fed up with tyring to find clothes that fit me properly, I decided that I should learn how to sew my own clothes. I’d dabbled in a teeny-tiny bit of sewing in the past (including the obligatory hideous pair of shorts made in Year 8 Home Economics of which I’m still scarred by today) and I decided that at best, this would be an opportunity to minimise some of my frustrations when it came to shopping for clothes.
Little did I know, a full blown sewing addiction was about to ensue. What’s more, I discovered that learning to sew my own clothes meant that I no longer had to settle for whatever was on the racks in a clothing store, but rather I now had the freedom to choose exactly what I wanted to wear, along with the style, cut and colour. So if I found a beautiful pencil skirt in a store that would be perfect if only it were in a turquoise colour rather than that burnt orange, then I knew I could make it happen (or at least learn how to!). And so with that, a love affair with all things sewing and style began.
I don’t sew all my own clothes though. Time outside of a full-time job doesn’t allow for that – besides, I’m not one of those super speedy sewers by any stretch of the imagination. Sewing has however, taught me to be a better, more selective shopper. And when I do find a clothing item in a store that I love (and happens to fit as well), I realise it for what it is: a rare and special find!
While I’m still fairly new to the sewing game and have plenty more to learn (you should see my sewing wish list!), I also love to write and take photos. So here I am, sharing a few snippets of my foray into sewing from where I live in Australia, along with a few musings on style, culture and creativity.
Thanks for stopping by!