I'm glad I finally realised that I should make a reply here. This is actually the first forum that I ever joined. The following is about me:
When I was 11 years old I made a wooden toy soldier and asked my mother to make a uniform for it. She gave me a needle and thread.
When I was 19 years my first girlfriend made some clothes using Folkware patterns. I thought,"I could do that." I became a very unusual medical student. Of course that didn't last so I stopped sewing and medicine.
When I was 28 I found the first shirt that actually fit me, and made such a good copy that I went looking for literature on tailoring and found June Rhinehart's Book. I also became aware that real books on tailoring were extremely rare to come by and that was not necessarily by accident. This is why I am deeply respectful and grateful for this forum.
I have made dozens of shirts and several trousers both copied and drafted.
At 38 whilst studying Osteopathy in Seattle, I became aware that in the Northern Hemisphere clothing technology was a big deal, you could design clothes to do different things other than simply cover the skin. This may seem strange to some folks but in Australia it is certainly possible to live quite successfully wearing nothing but shorts and sandals all year round.
At 48 I became tired of my usual attire, having fallen out of the habit of sewing and decided to change all that. I reacquired Rhinehart, bought Cabrera, Coffin, Hostek and Bernhard Roetzel and commissioned myself some business shirts: I have made a career in tailoring peoples insides through manual therapy, manual medicine, osteopathy etc. I wanted shirts that looked professional yet still had room to move completely. i have made trouser's as well but being more unhappy with the measured object than the measurements I am holding back on that till I have shrunk down a bit. I would love ultimately to create a tweed jacket.
I am supremely happy to be allowed to sit in a corner by the fire, so to speak, and observe the immense professionalism displayed in these fora. While I do not work in the industry, I have been asked to sew for others from time to time and my personal philosophy is that I would only sew if I could do it better than I could buy. I managed that years ago. Above all sewing a garment brings absorption and peace.