I’m struggling to find a word to describe myself, and my sewing level.
I absolutely hate when I tell someone that I sew and they call me a seamstress. I know that the word is not meant in a deragotory manner but to me it evokes images of hundreds of women sitting in a factory all making the same garment over and over again, or the feminine version of a tailor, someone who hems your pants. I also know that many of you refer to yourselves as seamstresses and I do not mean to offend any of you for your choice to describe yourself as a seamstress.
I don’t feel like I have the right to call myself a designer. I have no formal training, I don’t produce collections, and I rarely sew for anyone but myself. Even though I hope to be a designer one day, I’m not there yet.
I’ve also seen the terms sewist and home-sewer but I feel that these words, while better at describing what I do in my spare time, lack the passion that I feel for sewing, from the first touch of my pencil to my sketchbook to the final stitches, what I do takes passion and commitment to the finished garment.
Sewing is also more involved, as many of you know, than just sewing two pieces of fabric together. There are several components of making a garment that are beyond explaining to anyone that does not sew.
So readers what do you refer to yourself as, when talking about sewing? Do we need a new term for ourselves, maybe one with a little more flair?