Apart from a handful of incredibly basic textiles classes early on in secondary school, I have never been formally taught machine sewing and everything I now know I've had to teach myself. Whilst this does mean you have the freedom of not having to stick to a particular curriculum in which there might be topics and techniques you are forced to learn that will never be of any use to you, it also means that all motivation and organisation must come from your own drive alone.
There is no-one to sit and explain what to do when my machine does something odd, when I can't figure out a certain stitch, or I just can't seem to grasp how to line something up neatly. Thus, teaching yourself presents a lot of challenges!
It is very easy to compare yourself to others and to think "Wow, they are so much better at this than me! I will never reach that level." I admit, I have felt that way many a time. But after a lot of practice, I have come a long way and the dream I am trying to realise feels more reachable than ever. At the end of the day, if you want to be good at something, you have to put the time in. You have to completely dedicate yourself to it because you can do whatever you put your mind to!
The big achievement of the past week has been perfecting a bloomer pattern I drew up, which resulted in what is now my favourite and most comfortable pair!
However, the process of making them wasn't without its difficulties!
I couldn't help scribbling out a comic strip of the woeful ordeal!
And indeed, despite the challenges that learning to make bigger and better garments throws at me, I can't help but feel it will all be worth it in the end.
Eventually, I want to be able to make all manner of cute clothing, from lolita skirts and dresses, to more casual attire for those days when a petticoat is too much! I would even love to have a pop kei inspired selection, to complement the vintage clothing I stock. But until then, I am taking things one step at the time. And this first step means that I will have some adorable, comfy, and very affordable bloomers in stock this coming January, and I hope you will all love them as much as I do!
Watch this space!