summer reading

I love reading. Getting lost in a good book is one of my most favorite things to do. I come from a family of readers, and I’m glad I’m a member of that club. Reading is such a pleasure, and there’s nothing quite like the feeling of opening a new book and turning the first page. Remember getting a summer reading list as a kid? Best thing ever. I have such fond memories of long sunny days at the neighborhood pool and nights with a book and a flashlight under the covers. I know well the feeling of fighting to stay awake because your book is just that good. I also know what it feels like to power through and stay awake half the night to finish a story. I always paid for it the following day, but it was always worth it.

For the most part, I like to read to learn something, so books on history of fashion, economics of consumerism, marketing and aesthetics, and the business of fashion are what fill up my shelves, but I enjoy a little bit of fiction every now and then. (This is on my nightstand right now.) Here’s a round-up of some of my favorites, for you fellow bookworms.

tools of the trade

Drafting and altering patterns is a big part of most of my projects. I truly enjoy this part of the process–it’s like working with a giant puzzle. It can be a big challenge and quite time consuming, but there is a feeling of satisfaction having figured out how to manipulate a piece of paper to become the vision you have in your mind. Also, getting things to fit properly is kind of a big deal. More on that later.

I have a set of slopers (or “blocks”, as they’re sometimes called in the industry) that I use to draft patterns from scratch, but I also use store bought patterns and adjust them to suit my needs. Either way, knowing how to do this will allow you to create pretty much anything you want. And that’s why we design and sew, right? Right.

In future posts, I’ll go into greater detail about how exactly to manipulate patterns, and I’ll include quick reference charts for things like circle skirt measurements, but today is all about the tools you need to adjust or draft patterns for your projects.

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new beginnings

Hello and welcome! My name is Emily, and I’m a designer. I’m so happy you’re here, and I’m even happier to share my design journey with you.

A few years ago, I started a business. After studying design and product development in college and dreaming about having my own company, I took the leap and started my own business. For five years, I designed and sold a line of women’s clothing and accessories. Those five years were some of the best of my life, but also some of the most stressful. Last summer, I walked away from a life of entrepreneurship, and I rediscovered my love of sewing and design on my own terms. Not a day goes by that I don’t sketch a garment, sew a seam or two, or jot down an idea for a project. It’s what I love.

This space is all about creativity and learning, and I’m excited to share my projects with you: everything from sewing tutorials (basic skills to advanced concepts), projects for my home, pattern drafting and alterations, and lots and lots of clothes. Thank you for stopping by, and I can’t wait to get started!

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