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Monday, 22 September 2014

Hop to my blog!

The blog hopping wave came to me all the way from Italy. The lovely Silvia a.k.a. Sewing Princess, asked me to write about me and myself : ) I like reading about personal stuff on other blogs, so I hope you enjoy it.

* Why do I write?

I started writing because I wanted to keep track of my trials and errors, successes and failures in sewing. I started blogging at the same time as I began pattern-making evening courses at ESMOD Tokyo. This blog was like a thread connecting me to the “Western world” and the sewing community while I felt foreign and lonely in Japan. At the time I started the blog, I had not made many friends in Japan let alone know anybody interesting in sewing. This blog to me was like a breath of fresh air: being able to talk about my passion and meeting people with similar interests was so nice! I ended up connecting with so many amazing people around the globe! Even though I’ve never met many of you in real life, I feel like we became friends and it is such a great feeling!

I drafted and sewed this shirt during my first year at ESMOD Japan

I also write this blog to maintain my English. Although I work in a multinational company, 80% of my work colleagues are non-native English speakers. And even though we use English as our communication language, there are very few people who master English. By putting my thoughts together on the pages of this blog, I try to improve my linguistic skills and progress in writing. I really have fun telling stories about my sewing and - why not - consider blogging as a possible source of income in the future.

* What am I working on?

I have almost finished a skirt from the French sewing book Grains de couture, “Perle de Nacre”. It was the first time for me to work with a French pattern. I promise to write about my experience shortly.

Three weeks ago, I started the Bespoke Jacket making class at the Dublin Tailoring Academy. If you follow me on Instagram, you have probably seen many tricky lines coming along. At present, we are finishing drafting sleeves.

Becoming a sewing student again pushed me to revisit my pattern-drafting skills. I took out my slopers and started playing around with them. One of my autumn blog projects is to share with you how to modify a basic skirt sloper. I am thinking about 4-5 variations. Stay tuned!

Since winter is around the corner, one of my projects is to make two coats, using the Ingrid coat pattern by Style Arc and a BurdaStyle pattern.

* How does it differ from others of its genre?

I combine an interest in couture techniques and wearable every-day clothes. I have not made many fancy dresses (in fact, only one!). On the other hand, I apply couture techniques - which I learnt from Susan Khalje, online and in person - to almost every project in order to create good-looking and durable garments. It’s not always a great success but our failures keep us going!

But sometimes my sewing pays off: this year, my Louis Vuitton dress was featured in the German BurdaStyle magazine! I almost collapsed when I received the magazine ;)

* How does my writing process work?

In most cases, I write when I have a garment to show or a topic I would like to discuss with the broader community. Usually, I write posts in one go after reviewing my photos.  The photos help me put my ideas into words and also help me to come up with topics.

* Who’s next?

Next, I would like to hear more from a blogger who keeps on inspiring me for years, Marina from Frabjous Couture.