The early beginnings
“I Think I’ll Start Sewing…”
Well, that’s it. In 2011 I decided I should learn to sew.
Ummmmm….. I have no freaking idea, but I am so glad I did 🙂
Actually, my very first sewing experience was somewhat earlier. I must have been 7 or 8 years old when I watched my mom sewing. It seamed like a very serious, but also fun thing to do. My mom made me a beautiful violet dress with dots and puffy sleeves (yes, puffy sleeves…. ) Obviously I wanted to try it myself. My mom gave me an old bed sheet and I was free to do with it whatever I wanted.
Now, what’s the universal thing that all girls in the world, little and grown up, need? Right, a dress!!
1. You lay the fabric on the floor. If you’re smart, you fold it first in half (I am not sure anymore, whether I was or not).
2. You grab yourself a pencil and lay down on the fabric.
3. Carefully, you draw your contours on the fabric leaving out your head and the legs. Just draw a straight line where you want the dress to end. At the end you should have a crime scene.
4. Cut out the outline of the fabric. Again, if you’re smart, you cut through both layers of the fabric. Otherwise make another crime scene for the back of your dress.
5. Now that you have your pieces cut, the super exciting fun part begins. Stitching the two pieces together 🙂
This is what I did with the blanket and hence I ended up with my very first self-made dress … that I couldn’t get over my head. But never mind, a few cuts with the scissors and the problem was solved.
Does this sound familiar to you?
I imagine that quite some girls share this wonderful easy minded first approach towards sewing. I even heard that Angela Wolf, a US designer and Sewing teacher, did exactly the same J
And I seriously hope that one day my daughter will ask for some fabric. For sure, I’ll have some old bed sheets to spare and it would be just too much fun seeing her doing the same 🙂
The real beginnings
Back in 2011, I was still quite easy minded, but with a bit more of a plan. The plan was to learn sewing by making a simply Burda pattern. Unfortunately I can’t find the pattern anymore; I think it was one of those Burda patterns for free. Anyway, it was a very simple tunic, with a front and a back piece and some smoking in the front. It turned out quite great and for some reason I even received many compliments wearing it. Was it perfect? Hell no, but an immense ego booster 🙂
So what Next?
Well after the successful tunic, I felt I was ready to sew a dress for myself to wear to a friends wedding (call me ambitious). And not just any dress. No, it had to be this beautiful Dice Kayak Designer (140-072011) piece.
Although, I did not have a lot sewing knowledge, I knew I should with a test garment or what I thought was a muslin. I went fabric shopping some cheap polyester fabric and started.
making the dress. However, not with the intention to check if it fits me. I made the dress, just to through the process of assembling it And if you have seen the dress, I am sure, you’ll agree, that I have a point. It’s just that, at that time it didn’t even cross my mind, that I might need to do a test garment to see if the pattern fits me, not even speak of pattern alteration. Why should I? The pattern said, for my XY bust circumference, I need to choose size Z.
I was absolutely convinced that if I just trace the pattern exactly and be super careful when sewing it together, it will be fine. I mean, it’s Burda, a sewing pattern company. It’s their job to make patterns, so they know what size I need, right? Right?? Who would have thought, that a single pattern, will not be able to look great on the millions of shapes, women with the same bust circumference can have.
Lucky for me, I am pretty much standard proportioned, so I didn’t look completely ridiculous in my home made dress. Actually I felt awesome in it and I was damn proud 🙂
So after I completed one tunic, one dress, well together with the test garment, that makes two dresses, I was ready to tackle some more advanced techniques (what was I thinking??) and started to make a blazer, that comes with couture sewing instruction by Claire Shaeffer. This time it was the V8333 from the Custom Couture collection. I did again a test blazer and this time I knew, I should check the fit. However I seriously had no idea what good fit meant. If I can close the button it fits, doesn’t it?
But honestly, I wasn’t really worried about the fit, as I was so much more interested in the making itself, in the construction process. The instructions for this piece, included lots of hand sewing and details, that were really fun to make. So I hand sewed a whole blazer, which Iknew I’d never wear, (seriously, the fit was awful, as well as the fabric I bought, but again, I was more into the making itself, than in the result). That project took quite some time, but in the end I very much loved the process of fine sewing.
The years went on and the love for sewing remained. Eventually, I started reading a lot about sewing in general, about patternmaking about fitting, about couture techniques, I became a Craftsy addict and spent time laying at Lake Balaton not with a nice romantic novel, but with a 200 page book about fine embellishments. I found a great hobby.
Earlier this year …
…a dear friend, who is specialized in maternity and newborn photography, asked me if I wouldn’t like to make some maternity gowns for her that she could use for her photo shootings. Of course I liked, so that’s how I started PropsBox . A baby bump is all just pure Beauty! But I’ve been pregnant twice and I know that sometimes, especially when it gets towards the end of the pregnancy, the mummy-to-be doesn’t always feel that way and a nice dress can really give her some little confidence. One of my photographer customers told me once, that one of his mommies felt so beautiful in a dress I made, that she wanted to borrow it for a wedding, where she was invited. I couldn’t have been happier, when hearing this.
In Hungary your professional educatio, happens mainly in school, unlike countries like Germany, where you spent most of your time in an actual shop. And there are even courses for working adults in the late afternoon hours, but most often you have to pay for them quite a lot. During the past years, I often played with the thought of attending such an evening course and become a bespoke tailor. And just to be clear on one thing. I am pretty sure, I won’t work in that profession, at least not full time. I have an office job, that pays me well, and I have responsibilities towards those little babies I put into the world. But why shouldn’t I learn something I love from professionals and get to a professional level?
So, finally here we are. It took me some years to really do it, but I’ll start this two years adventure. It sure will be a very dense time, and probably I’ll have to take some extra lesson in time management, but then again, NOW is the only time, that counts 🙂
You might wonder, why on earth, besides all that is already going on, do I want to blog about it? Obviously, that also needs time, especially, as I’ll write all articles in three languages.
The readers of the English and the Hungarian version probably already figured it out, none of those is my mother tongue. In fact it’s German. Although I am both Hungarian and German, and was born in Hungary, I grew up in Germany. Since 2007 I live in Hungary, and although my Hungarian is quite good, I never really “learned’ reading and writing so attending school lessons in Hungarian and eventually having to go through some exams is actually freaking me out. Writing about what I learned in Hungarian and German will give me the option (or rather force me) to learn. My intention is to use this blog as kind of a digital exercise book. Furthermore, most of my sewing knowledge is from English books, blogs, magazine,…. So it seemed somehow obvious to add that language as well J Furthermore, the three language will give me the option to connect with so many of the awesome crafting blogger all over the world 🙂