I'm always happy when my sewing skills manage to earn a bit of money for me. Today some family friends of ours came over and hired me to hem some jeans. It was a reasonably simple task, but one that requires just enough skill and confidence that most people don't like attempting it.
I don't mind. At $10 a pair I'm quite happy to hem up jeans, especially right now when I'm in the early stages of business planning and general ill health keeps me from going out and getting a 9-5 job of any sort. Sewing, however, I can generally manage.
Also this year I've perfected my method of altering men's shirts. I've got a relative with fairly particular requirements in shirt fit, so I've had plenty of practice. This Christmas I finally got tasked with altering fairly nice dress shirts. Best compliment? When my mother told me they looked very professional (and believe it or not, my mum is one of my harsher critics, especially when it comes to sewing). Anyhow, again, for $10 a shirt that requires some specialized knowledge to get a good fit, I'm quite happy to earn a bit of cash this way.
This work has also encouraged me to look at my own wardrobe and fix up a few of my own pieces. Mass production has made properly fitting garments a privilege of the elite, and most things I buy within my budget do not fit me quite as well as they could. In the past I've been too nervous to correct this, but my alterations work for others has encouraged me to venture out and correct some of these fashion problems.
I by far prefer design and costume work, but right now I'm really just happy to get any $ I can. Thankfully there is still a place in the world for a woman with sewing skills!