When a relative went into the Convent, she gave me her sewing machine. I was 12 years old at the time. I taught myself how to sew and it seemed to come naturally, so I began making my own clothing.
While in high school, I got an after school part time job in an office and after graduation, I worked there until I was 22 years old.. All the while, my boyfriend began a business with his father while I stayed home nights and improved my sewing skills while my friends were into the night club scene.
We got married, so naturally, I made my wedding gown and the dresses for my brides maids. On my wedding day, I guess I unintentionally debuted my dress making skills. Next thing I know, my family and friends wanted to hire me for all sorts of sewing projects. I was able to quit my day job and work as a seamstress designing wedding gowns and custom made clothing, right out of a spare bedroom in my home.
As time went by, the brides who came to my home, noticed my window treatments, which I made. When they bought homes of their own, they asked me to make their window treatments. I shifted gears and began designing and sewing fabric elements of interior design. Loved it!!
Now, more than four decades after threading my first machine, it has been a passionate career that afforded me to be self employed. I paid off my house mortgage 6 years ago and although I am not a rich woman, I have a very happy life and have never had to commute to work, deal with assaholic supervisors or co workers. This has allowed me to live a pretty stress free life with time to do whatever I wanted as I made my own hours. I followed my passion and would not have it any other way.............except, if I did have the money way back then, I would have become an attorney because I am fascinated by the law and justice.
People often asked me why I was always so happy go lucky and positive and I am sure it is because of the profession I chose that matched my natural talent. Besides wedding gowns, custom clothing and window treatments, I have made a gazillion pillows, slip covers, boat canvas/vinyl work, my own line of swimwear, and lots of various items out of recycled sails that sell at boat shows. Sew, having a sewing machine and the ability to make patterns, I was able to diversify as needed. This also kept me from being bored.
I have no regrets. I probably could have made a helluva lot more money as an attorney, but I am sure I have lead a lot happier life in the long run.