I haven't had much time to spend in either of my Etsy stores lately because of all the packing and organizing, but I feel like I have some time to devote to a little blog post. I haven't blogged much on this blog yet so I might as well start with a little history.
May brings back some sewing memories for me. Two years ago in May I was a newly engaged woman planning a July wedding with a fiancée away for most of the planning process. We knew we were going to have a small wedding and decided to do it in my parents backyard. Since it wasn't going to be too formal of an affair I thought, "why don't I make my own dress?"
A simple statement, but a simple task it was not! I had barely any sewing experience except for a home economics class in grade 7 and I had made three fold over clutches for fun one summer during university. But this fact didn't cross my mind. I ended up altering a dress pattern to a design I had in mind and had a lot of help from my friend Katie, my Aunt Lillian and my mom. My Husband-to-be's grandmother gave me a few yards of white silk that her husband purchased in China many years ago.
There were a lot of fitting problems, especially in the bodice and as a last ditch effort to save the dress 1 week before the wedding I cut the bodice off and made my dress into a two piece ensemble. It was just crazy, super stressful and I kept wondering why I decided to make my own dress. Thinking back, I know there are a million things I would have done differently having the sewing experience I have now. But it was special, getting to walk down the aisle in a dress you and your friends and family had a part in the making of. Making that dress was the beginning of what I hope will be a long and fulfilling career in sewing/designing.