Wednesday, April 30, 2014
I grew up in a sewing room. I sat under my mothers sewing machine for hours just to be near her. It was the coziest and safest place in the world. As a young lady my mother’s home sewing business grew into neighborhood fabric shop. I loved being surrounded by fabrics and I was constantly envisioning what I could create. I custom made clothing for friends and family. My mother encouraged me to make women’s dresses to sell in her shop. She thought me how to cut several at a time and sew them on an assembly line. I used the same pattern over and over again. I became really good at perfecting a dress. I understood and respected real women’s bodies. All through high school I prepared my art portfolio. I took every art, photo and sewing class available. In my senior year, I saved my money and flew to Philadelphia for a personal interview at Parson’s School of Design. It was the most unforgettable day of my life. I even saw America’s Bell of Liberty. I was encouraged to attend Parson’s School of Design. However, I was unable to follow through. I did not have any money or mentors. I had no idea how to proceed into the next level of my life. I did the only thing I knew how to do…sew.
An inspiration from "Downton Abbey a British/American television series.” I designed and made it myself. This was the first dress that inspired me to keep going. I just went a bit crazy and started buying fabric and experimenting to see what I could make. It had a life of it’s own. Nothing felt more wonderful than making and wearing my own dresses. What a great feeling!
My mission is to create one outfit a week for the “ FOR THE LOVE OF MOTHER” dress collection. I’m my mother's caregiver. She loves to watch me sew. It’s how we connect, it’s how we live. My goal is to go through every decade starting with the early 1900s to the 1950s and make vintage dresses. I want to embrace my creative side and just run with it. I have no idea where it’s going, I just know I feel passion to sew.
Tuesday, April 29, 2014
After a few tries. I’m finally getting a grip on blogging. I learned how to blog several years ago in one of my communications class. The knowledge sure came in handy now. I decided to create this blog to share my sewing project. I have made over thirty dresses in the past year. I started making them as a way of connecting with my mother. I wasn’t sure where I was going with it. All I know, is that it gives me great joy and peace. I started doing research on other seamstresses and soon realized that there is definitely in interest in sewing. So, I decided to use this blog as a way of sharing what I am making and hopefully inspire others with their own projects.