What’s my Story?
Hello! I am Soumya. Until my dear husband gifted me a sewing machine in the Spring of 2015, I had no idea that I could sew! I neither had a background in sewing/design nor did I have any exposure to it. The only time I had handsewn was back in 9th grade. I made about 30 odd clothes for my Barbies. Not because I liked design or fashion, but because I just loved making things.
So in 2015, I taught myself to sew using Youtube and tutorials from various blogs. The Lovebird tunic was the second piece of clothing I made and I loved it. It was by no means perfect, nor was the fabric the best. But I had made this breezy tunic that would keep my daughter cool while still protecting her little arms from sunburn on hot summer days. My sewing was useful. I couldn’t have been happier. And so it caught on. I sewed and I sewed, making practical and comfortable clothes for my daughter. She loved to wear them and I loved to see her wear them.
Today, 90% of my daughter’s wardrobe consists of clothes I made. And thanks to my generous sizing, she can wear the same clothes for another 2-3 years at least. So honestly, she doesn’t need much more clothes at this point of time! This is why I haven’t been blogging all that much of late. Now I am at a point where I want to make my sewing more purposeful. I am all for the new Sustainable Revolution and want to extend the benefits of using products made organically and ethically to as many people as I can. I have never been more passionate about protecting the environment as I am now. These days all I have on mind is the conservation of our precious Planet.
And I feel happy to think that by sewing my family’s wardrobe, I may be making a difference, however small it may be, towards the betterment of our Planet. Because I put so much effort into making these clothes, we all take good care of them. You could say we practice ‘loving kindness’ towards our clothes. And when we start taking care of our things, we consume less. So I am glad I sew.
Why ‘ a little paper boat’?
The name ‘a little paper boat’ is dedicated to all those frivolous days of childhood where we spent many monsoon hours making these innocuous little paper boats that bobbed about innocently in the murky roadside stream. At that time, we had no ‘Google’ to look up ‘make a paper boat’, neither did we have any library whose aisles burst with DIY books on origami. But we sure had skill! How else did we make those boats?! I don’t remember being consciously taught to make a boat or a paper aeroplane; maybe we just watched our friends or siblings and learnt? Whatever it is, this goes to show that we were pretty ingenious back then. So here’s to childhood ingenuity and joy that is pure!