Just a couple of generations ago, there was a sewing machine in every home. Making and mending clothes was one of the default skills of homemakers, as mass production had yet to bring cheap clothes into our wardrobes. But now, many young fashion fans are getting dissatisfied with the quality of garments in the shops. Many don't fit quite right, nor do they come in the fabric or patterns that they like. On top of all of that, they don't really have the time to learn new skills.
Ching recognized this as her golden opportunity to being Sew Much Awesome. "I'm always trying to find new ways to develop and teach techniques for what I call 'the modern sewist'. Our quick methods allow our students to make a garment in just one day on their own, with industry standard finishings." As a bonus, me-made garments help foster a positive body image, as one learns to appreciate their own body in different ways.

 

But how did she get started? Ching recalls a day long ago, when her best friend's new messenger bag caught her attention. So much so that she decided to borrow it for the weekend so she could try to make a copy of it for herself. With a bag of scraps and her mother's Singer, she got to work. The rest, they say, is history.
Mentorship, whether formal or informal, is a highly immersive way to learn about a particular field. If you're lucky, you get to be mentored by someone who you highly respect. In Ching's case, she got really lucky - and credits her mother for being her sewing guru. "She gave me space to make mistakes and learn. I still buzz her for advice today - she's my walking sewing encyclopedia! I won't be doing what I do today if it weren't for her."

 

The sewing scene in Malaysia is small, but Ching is confident that it is growing. People, especially youth, are becoming more conscious of where all of their things come from, not least of all their clothes. This, in addition to the spreading mindset of DIY, is helping to foster a healthy sewing scene. "When you buy a skirt, you can only wear the skirt until it wears out or it doesn't fit you anymore," explains Ching. "When you learn how to sew a skirt, that skill goes beyond that one skirt. You can make short skirts, long skirts, puffy skirts, skirts for your best friend, skirts to sell, skirts for your cat." She's clearly a firm believer in teaching a man to fish, and her Sew Much Awesome series of sewing classes has grown in popularity. "More people are discovering that sewing is a skill that you can use for life."
Her classes move at an easy pace and are much less daunting that one may think. "About 95% of my students come without sewing knowledge, and I'm really happy to see that they are still continuing to sew after the workshop!" And if you're still hesitant about taking classes, you can still get a taste of Ching's craft through her line of handmade bags and accessories. Using animal-friendly pleather, Ching practices her first love of making bags and offers a variety of totes, wristlets and backpacks for stylish folks looking for a pop of colour in their daily lives.
Check out Ching's line of handmade bags and accessories L.A.R.K. at shoplark.com and her series of sewing classes Sew Much Awesome at facebook.com/sewmuchawesomemy

 

Just a couple of generations ago, there was a sewing machine in every home. Making and mending clothes was one of the default skills of homemakers, as mass production had yet to bring cheap clothes into our wardrobes. But now, many young fashion fans are getting dissatisfied with the quality of garments in the shops. Many don't fit quite right, nor do they come in the fabric or patterns that they like. On top of all of that, they don't really have the time to learn new skills.
Ching recognized this as her golden opportunity to being Sew Much Awesome. "I'm always trying to find new ways to develop and teach techniques for what I call 'the modern sewist'. Our quick methods allow our students to make a garment in just one day on their own, with industry standard finishings." As a bonus, me-made garments help foster a positive body image, as one learns to appreciate their own body in different ways.

 

But how did she get started? Ching recalls a day long ago, when her best friend's new messenger bag caught her attention. So much so that she decided to borrow it for the weekend so she could try to make a copy of it for herself. With a bag of scraps and her mother's Singer, she got to work. The rest, they say, is history.
Mentorship, whether formal or informal, is a highly immersive way to learn about a particular field. If you're lucky, you get to be mentored by someone who you highly respect. In Ching's case, she got really lucky - and credits her mother for being her sewing guru. "She gave me space to make mistakes and learn. I still buzz her for advice today - she's my walking sewing encyclopedia! I won't be doing what I do today if it weren't for her."

 

The sewing scene in Malaysia is small, but Ching is confident that it is growing. People, especially youth, are becoming more conscious of where all of their things come from, not least of all their clothes. This, in addition to the spreading mindset of DIY, is helping to foster a healthy sewing scene. "When you buy a skirt, you can only wear the skirt until it wears out or it doesn't fit you anymore," explains Ching. "When you learn how to sew a skirt, that skill goes beyond that one skirt. You can make short skirts, long skirts, puffy skirts, skirts for your best friend, skirts to sell, skirts for your cat." She's clearly a firm believer in teaching a man to fish, and her Sew Much Awesome series of sewing classes has grown in popularity. "More people are discovering that sewing is a skill that you can use for life."
Her classes move at an easy pace and are much less daunting that one may think. "About 95% of my students come without sewing knowledge, and I'm really happy to see that they are still continuing to sew after the workshop!" And if you're still hesitant about taking classes, you can still get a taste of Ching's craft through her line of handmade bags and accessories. Using animal-friendly pleather, Ching practices her first love of making bags and offers a variety of totes, wristlets and backpacks for stylish folks looking for a pop of colour in their daily lives.
Check out Ching's line of handmade bags and accessories L.A.R.K. at shoplark.com and her series of sewing classes Sew Much Awesome at facebook.com/sewmuchawesomemy