This is the post where I get to talk about how grateful I am for the sewing blogging community. And while I am, what I'm really grateful for goes deeper than that.
I am grateful for the journey that has led me to this point - finding my vintage style, starting this blog, and meeting all of you guys - I love you guys!
Back a couple of years ago I was just your average person. I took care of myself and liked to get dressed up, but found it really difficult to find things in mainstream fashion that worked on my body shape. But as you do, you continue trying things because you don't think there is another option.
Enter a shopping expedition with my best girl Miss V - we were out shopping for outfits to wear to Melbourne Cup Day, and drove past a shop with a big chalk sign out the front advertising 'MAD MEN DRESSES'. We were curious and the shop looked interesting so we stopped. I walked out of that shop with a black Stop Staring dress that fit me so well it was scary.
This is me and my very handsom brother Matt. I love this dress and I still wear it.
Then a family holiday with Miss V to Byron Bay - a coastal hippie-la-la town in northern New South Wales, Australia. Whilst doing some shopping without the kids and the men, she and I stumbled upon a shop called That Shop - a kustom kulture shop that stocked Pinup Girl Clothing and other brands. Once again I purchased an amazing dress...
Ok, so not the best photo, but you can see that I'm getting much more into the whole thing!
I realised there was a pattern emerging... and this was pretty much when I absented myself from current fashion and went back 60 years to the 1950s.
I had fun with photo shoots and classes learning how to do my hair and things, and buying a new wardrobe.... Which lead me to sewing.
You see, it was coming in to winter and I saw this exceptionally glamorous woman wearing what I now know to be a princess seamed coat over her vintage dress... and of course I wanted one! But could I find one anywhere that would fit, that was the colour I liked, and wasn't $5,000,000... No. Sigh!
Not being one to be frightened of throwing myself in the deep end, I said to myself "I'll make one!". I bought a pattern and some fabric, and the rest is history!
This is me in the Best Dressed competition at Rose Seidler House fair in 2011. The following year I was modelling in the fashion parades!
Sewing led me to blogging. I started my blog because sewing is a lonely occupation and I wanted to be able to share with someone ANYONE! what I was doing. I'll admit that my first few posts were rubbish - it takes a while to find your voice I think. But I've found it now, and I've found other bloggers who inspire me, and I've found you guys who appreciate what I do.
In all this, I have found myself, I have found my confidence, and I have found my voice. And I wouldn't change anything for all the tea in China!
I hope you've enjoyed a glimpse into my life. Just know that I am sew grateful to you out there for taking an interest.