Changing My Career

Updated on October 16, 2006
J.A. asks from San Antonio, TX
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I'm a nurse and love my job, but I want to pursue my dream of becoming a fashion designer. I became a nurse because it seems to be a more stable career for a low income mother. My oldest child is now 13yrs. I want to be home now more than ever. I feel that I need to give my children more attention. It's just scary to think ... teenagers go through so many things, and I want to be there. I don't want to be the type of parent that is always working and tired and no time for anything. I don't want my teenager to become distant. I want more communication and closer relationship.
I thought maybe, I can pursue my dream of becoming a fashion designer...and work at home. I thought of maybe even starting a business. I love to draw. I have lots of ideas about clothing and fashion(mainly for women). If only I can just learn to sew and make my own patterns...I even thought of designing uniforms for nurses! It's just that I don't have time to go back to school. Well, even the thought of just going back to school!! I have 3 kids and currently the sole provider. I'm trying to find out if there's a place where I can learn sewing and work my way through. I know basic sewing, but I need more than just basic. I tried researching on the internet, but no luck. Help?

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L.J.

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Sorry, I cannot help you with where you can take sewing lessons but I can only encourage you to follow your dream. Changing careers can be very scary especially when you are in a stable noble profession. But I feel you should follow your hear because that is where you will excell. Maybe God is calling you to do what he intended you to do. You will never know unless you try. I would look into a career as a buyer and design on the side to start and then sink your teeth into it!!! Being a buyer will give you a good sense of the industry and what sells!!! You will also make good contacts to launch your own line!! Best wishes.

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S.M.

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I found this on craigslist.com and thought you might be interested. Good Luck!
--S.
(ps- I just copied and pasted the posting... so the e-mail is his)

I am currently looking for fashion designers of both men and women’s clothing, for an up coming exhibition opportunity, this November. If you are actively designing clothing, please respond with the best number to reach you during business hours. I have an exciting offer for you. Please mention in your response whether or not you design mens fashions. Thanks! Reply to: [email protected]____.com
Date: 2006-10-02, 11:12AM CDT

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C.W.

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I would call the churches in your area and see if there are any womens groups. You will find someone that knows how to sew and teach, there is almost one in those types of groups. Perhaps they can teach you some tips or refer you in the right direction. The other thought is to go into a sewing store and see what information they can share with you. My grandma was a seamstress in the 1920's- I was blessed to watch her sew and create her own patterns for us grand kids. Her work was amazing and she was able to learn all she did while on the job. Course that was many many years ago and times have definatly changed. She make her patterns from old newspaper. Get a little more detailed on your online search as well. You might be able to find a computer program for the pattern making. Hope this helps? C.

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P.M.

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Believe it or not, there are a lot of older women out there (grandmas mostly) that would love to teach you how to sew, read patterns and help you come up with ideas of your own and put them to work. You really shouldn't look on the internet because these ladies never use a computer. I live on the South Side and I see it all the time, little old ladies with time on their hands and they have signs outside their homes that say they will teach you how to sew, mostly for company and extra income. If you go through the southside reporter you may also find someone there. Mostly if you ask around about someone who can help you make a dress or sews for weddings and debuts, you will find a woman who can help you learn or lead you in the right direction. Trust me I tried this out myself and found that I may have ideas but I don't have the hands to make them come to life. You may be different. I hope this helps in some way...and don't forget shop around for prices and schedules...before you jump head first into it. It is going to take time. Good Luck!

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