I got it from my mama!

I woke up this morning in pain,  muscles deep inside  the joint of my left shoulder hurt each time I moved. It hurts when I raise my hand a little or move it side to side. Earlier today , the pain extended to the left side of my neck too. Puzzled, I did several stretches as I tried to figure out what I could have done yesterday to make me feel so sore. Nothing came to mind. It was only a couple hours later when I fed the sewing machine a piece of fabric that it all made sense. Turns out, with my recent rekindled passion for sewing, I have been over using certain muscles in my left arm that are normally dormant. Hopefully the pain will pass because I don’t intend to stop sewing any time soon!


I think of my mum each time I sit in front of my friends sewing machine. My mother is an amazing seamstress, so are two of my aunts, mums older and younger sisters. My father also knows his stuff when it comes to tailoring, you could say its in the blood 🙂 In my early 20s my mother gave me some lessons but I never took them seriously because I found her way of sewing quite intimidating. She either sews without patterns or she makes her own whenever she wants a new outfit. I did not think I had her gift so whilst living at home I sewed one dress for myself and one quilt for my friend Charis’s baby. Fast forward to ten years later with my mother thousands of kilometers away, my dreams at night revolve around sewing (true story) and I spend any spare time I have practising. I now wish I had overcome my fear of sewing without patterns but maybe it just wasn’t my time.  I am currently teaching myself to sew, the pattern I have is  difficult for a beginner but I am always up for a challenge. My first attempt was terrible, today I finished my third, its not great but I am improving. When I finished making it, I couldn’t help but smile and think; truly, I am the daughter of Grace Mulenga, the fact that all three dresses actually look wearable proves my mothers genes flow through my veins. Hahaha!

With a little help from my natural talent and LOTS of practise, I am sure one day, I will post a picture of me wearing one of my own designs! Don’t hold your breathe though, it may take a while.


I don’t know what these flowers are called but they are too pretty not to share. Very little editing done.


6 Comments Add yours

  1. Anonymous says:

    and yet another gift…….we miss hearing you sing hymns!

    1. Shula says:

      Hello “someone” I am trying to guess who you are but I am failing 😅

  2. Emily says:

    how precious, Its a good thing when we can sit back and say “yes I am my mother’s daughter” with pride and blessing. I believe those wonderful flowers are Dalias.

  3. I was just wondering today if you sew 😅—looks like a definite “yes!” The dresses look so cute—some little girl is going to be blessed—VERY PROUD of you again Shula!!! 😃👍❤️ (Hope your aches subside as you continue to use these new seamstress muscles! 😃)

  4. Charis says:

    Aww we all love that quilt you made! The children take turns using it.. Big as they are! The dresses look really beautiful, job well done on small seams and details hey. Eish! Im busy working on pattern making..wish I’d also listened and watched Mom Mulenga more. Look forward to Shula makes and Shula patterns!

  5. Linda Cornish says:

    Just read this post on sewing! I remember when we got to spend time with your mom in the sewing room. She sewed some beautiful stuff for us. Maybe that’s where it all started for me. I took up sewing almost 3 years ago and LOVE it! Congratulations on your wedding! You looked stunning!

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