Where to begin?

This blog may be new, but I’m certainly not new to sewing. I started at a very young age and by the time I was in high school I was pretty damned proficient. My grandmother and aunt guided me through the early years, and I soon began figuring things out for myself. I wish I had photos of everything I’ve ever made, but digital cameras weren’t popular til I was out of high school. God, that makes me feel old!! There are loads of film copies of older sewing projects, but tracking them down is a bit difficult.

I’ve never taken an official sewing course in my life. My grandmother taught me nearly everything I know, and she did the same for my aunt. Auntie is an amazing inspiration; she took the skills my grandmother taught her and turned them into something incredible. She’s done costuming for musicals and her work is just something else entirely. Whenever I’ve had questions, I’ve gone to them for help.

It might help to point out that I do more than sewing; as fun as it is to create a garment, my passion for being crafty goes far beyond that. Costuming is my absolute favourite. I love being able to create pieces for an outfit, or modify something existing so it works better for what I’m making. A lot of my recent projects have involved doing this.

Writing this blog wasn’t actually my idea. About two weeks ago, I posted my progress photos of the TARDIS ballgown on Reddit. A lot of the commenters had asked if I had a blog or twitter they could follow. I loathe twitter, my account still exists but I don’t think I’ve really used it in ages. I have another blog I’d been writing but as it’s attracted some unwanted attention I thought it might just be better to start fresh.

So, here I am. I’ve hunted down as many photos of my old projects as I can. Sadly some of my favourites I couldn’t find photos of, namely two prom dresses I made in grade 12. The majority of my older projects were made from commercial patterns, which I’ll be doing my best to add into each post to help those who are interested. I’ll be making individual posts for each project and detailing what I can remember about each one. My newer projects I’ve been taking progress photos as I’ve gone along, so those should be more informative posts. πŸ™‚

2 thoughts on “Where to begin?”

  1. I love everything that Ive seen on here so far that you’ve made! Im amazed by your abilities to drape fabric. You should do a how to about that. Im trying to improve my sewing skills and Im kinda at a loss as to how to do that. How do you estimate how much fabric to use for pieces that are draped or gathered?

    1. Thank you! I will when I do my next draped project. As for how much fabric, I’m actually notorious for buying too much fabric. I had 3.2m left after the anniversary dress, and am about to have roughly the same after I finish my Rose Tyler dress. I just add an extra couple metres to be on the safe side. Working on getting a photo of the zipper that you asked for. πŸ™‚

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