Monday, 30 July 2012

An introductory rant into sewing and the rest....

Hello and welcome ^__^

OK. Wow, does it take a long time to figure out how to work this whole 'blog' thing, and how to go abouts setting everything up the way you might just like it. And this is exactly why, for so so so so long, I have avoided making one of these things, but without further ado, 
One of my favorite pics ever
I am a 21 year young, aspiring seamstress who started sewing for a few reasons. Partly due to my grandmother, who sewed a lot of things for me when I was younger, and then I would say the rest falls under the umbrella of my general quirkiness. 
I started op shopping at a pretty young age, back when you could find things that were really cool AND cheap (not that you can’t anymore, but it’s just a lot harder than it used to be… *sad face*). I started sewing on my own when I would find things in op shops and think, if I just did, this, and this, and this, then they would fit me! A lot of fixes were mainly on old man pants and the like to begin with, and shorts, as I was quite the tomboy through most of high school.

My lovely sewing area

It was only in year 12, when I started sewing myself dresses, and defiantly not because I had any desire to actually wear them. The first 18th of the year came about, ‘Cocktail’ themed it was, and I did not own a dress at all. I went shopping with a friend and found absolutely nothing I would wear. Eventually I remembered this dress I bought for $5 at the Gold Coast a year earlier. It was pretty hideous, and way too big. But I cut it up and replaced most of the bodice, and made it smaller, in a desperate rush to have some form of dress to wear to this party. This dress is pictured in the mini timeline below, first one there, pretty horrid picture, but you get the idea.
The second dress in this timeline is the first dress I ever just ‘made’ from scratch. No pattern or anything. I think back on it now and I literally have no concept of how I managed to do that, but I’m pretty sure I just pinned and pinned until it was right. So I’m proud of this purple dress, wore it to my own 18th, many others, and I still wear it and love it today.  Made from a recycled old bed spread, this has been a very cheap way for me to sew throughout my life. You find the strangest and greatest things!  
a breif history of my sewing throughout the years

Now for a condensed history of everything that has come after that…….brace yourself…… 

Fashion and Design all throughout high school – Gap year – apply for Fashion at RMIT - do not get in – Complete Certificated IV in Clothing Production - apply for Fashion at RMIT again - do not get in – Start a Fashion degree at Local TAFE – Do a short corse in corsetry – Volunteer at Sydney Fashion Week 2011 - Drop out of Fashion Design course after a term – Get a job at a alterations place – Quit after 4 weeks due to lack of pay and workplace harassment – Do free lance seamstressing – Stop a lot of free lance seamstressing due to some very horrible encounters – Start working on a wedding dress for a work college – Start a Cert II in Millinery – Complete a short course in Bra making and Swimwear – Start sewing with a Historical sewing group…….
My brother's cat and my Husqvarna Emerald 203

That pretty much brings us up to speed. At the moment I am working full time, playing soccer, studying Japanese, continuing a Cert II in Millinery, and working towards the deadline of November for a wedding dress!!
Feel free to check out my Burdastyle account, as it has documented a lot more than I can fit on here without losing your interest completely….!

In conclusion, I've been sewing for years now and I have finally started a blog to share my strange thoughts and encounters on all sewing related matters. I often find myself having conversations in my head and thinking, I wish I could discuss this with someone, or ask someone this. Unfortunately in my small little city, there are not too many people who I could related to in my rants, but thanks to the amazing work of Sir Tim Berners-Lee and wonders of the World Wide Web, I may now share my thoughts with likeminded people/strangers who have managed to figure out this whole ‘blogging’ business a whole lot earlier than me.

I love to make costumes, cosplay, as well as vintage and lolita inspired garments to brighten up my life……..and this is the belated story of it all!

Stay tuned for my next post, when I upload a very pretty dress I made with this ‘Lavender Hills’ Fabrics
PS Sorry if this post is a bit disjointed. I must get a bit of practise, as I am not used to typing things appropriate for someone else to read other than me. 
And lastly, as a bonus, an insiders view into my favorite corner of my bedroom, figurines, and sewing storage


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  2. Great job :-) added to my rss feeds for my morning reads! Keep it up!


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