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Monthly Round-up March

Monthly Round-up March

So what’s new in the sewing community? Here’s a monthly round-up of some news of what’s happening in the vibrant sewing community across the globe!

One of Tulsa’s most unique museums is making its return 365 days after initially closing its doors for the pandemic.

“This is like a Disneyland for sewists. It takes more than a day to see everything,” said curator WK Binger. “I mean you can walk through and look at everything in just a few hours but if you want to see everything you can't do it in a day.”

The Vintage Sewing Center and Museum house pieces of history dating back to the 1800s. And for a full year, they were on display for no one closing for the pandemic.

Last March people all over the world found themselves shopping for the exact same item— protective face masks. As the reality of COVID-19 grew more somber and CDC guidelines grew clearer, the demand for facial coverings only grew stronger. Necessity is the mother of invention, and this gap in supplies led many people to pull out their sewing machines and make their own fabric masks.

Like every Women's History Month, this March celebrates women's achievements and contributions to society. But this March, those achievements and contributions have only grown in number from last year. One way women all over the country have protected their communities and families is by banding together and sewing fabric masks.

This is exactly how the Auntie Sewing Squad was started. Founded on March 24, 2020 by comedian Kristina Wong, the goal of the Auntie Sewing Squad is to connect women all over the world to make masks for essential workers due to the lack of masks provided by the federal government.

Tock, a YouTuber and custom designer, turned his love for sewing into a career. Initially, he was making custom men’s clothes and creative costumes for conventions while balancing a job in the mental health field.

“When that job went away, I just wasn’t done sewing. I just wanted to learn everything I could,” Tock told Dallas Innovates. “And that’s all I did. For the first year or so I was sewing 12 hours a day, every day, teaching myself everything I could just because I loved it so much.”

After mastering a variety of techniques, the self-taught sewer was ready to start his own business. In 2015, he launched Tock Custom, through which he was originally commissioned to create unique clothing for customers internationally. His clients’ overwhelming responses motivated him to put commissions on hold and pursue teaching.

We hope you enjoyed this round up of what’s new in the sewing community!

Do you have any other local stories/news that you came across that would be worthy of sharing with our sewing community? Share it with us on ritika@madamsew.com

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