One Student's Sewing Journey


By Marilyn Davis

It all started with a comment from my youngest daughter, “Why don’t you sew mum?” My reply was, “I don’t know I guess I could learn.

My youngest daughter had recently started competing, quite successfully, in Fashions on The Field at the races. This is something we do as mother and daughter. I have even competed myself a few times.

With a passion to learn how to sew, Cate became my teacher. I was full of big ideas and zero knowledge. Initially I did not love sewing, most of my time was spent unpicking and because I am a perfectionist a lot of unpicking was required. Three years on I am still unpicking but can confidently design and make competitive racewear.

Cate has been my lifesaver. I come up with the design and she instructs me on how to make the pattern. In 2019 my daughter, wearing one of my designs, placed in the top 10 at Melbourne Cup. That for me was as good as a win. I was so excited and even keener to come up with a winning design. It is not always easy, as my daughter likes to have her say and she lives in Sydney so doesn’t get to try the outfit on until the night before the races.

At The Institute of Imperfection, not only have I learnt to sew but I have met many different people whose company and love of sewing I have shared. We all have a laugh at our mistakes, and everyone is excited and supportive of our successful creations.

I have learnt many things about myself on my sewing journey, however I know that there is so much more to learn about sewing. I feel it is a never-ending story that is just beginning. My passion for fashion is only getting stronger and there is barely a day that goes by that I am not sewing. All of this would not have been possible without Cate. Sewing has changed my life for the better.

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