The First Post

Hi, I’m Rowe, and I’ve started this blog to track my progress in making my own clothing.  I’ve always had trouble finding properly fitted clothing since I am petite and have an asymmetrical, disproportionate body.  With sewing, I’ve realized I’m not the wrong size–the ready to wear clothing is!  I’ve also become aware of the different nuances of my own body which has helped me to fully customize outfits that complement my shape and are a reflection of me.

I’m a firm believer that you should stick to your convictions of what you define as beautiful (despite what others say).  This is the magic of making your own garments; you can literally make anything that sprung up from your own imagination.  My own prom dress was something I had custom made in an unusual style, which meant something more to me than a store bought dress.  Of course, if someone handed me a beautiful Chanel gown, I wouldn’t protest!

I’m immersing myself in sewing books, instructional videos, magazines, meetups, podcasts, museums, etc.  I really want to sew garments properly with beautiful finishes.  I want to learn all the tricks they use at top ateliers in Paris and I know it’s going to be a lot of painstaking days of ripping out seams and sewing with difficult fabrics, but I’m willing to put the time and effort into it.  The key is progress; I already see markedly huge differences between now and when I first began to sew (back when I had no clue how to even thread my own machine).

This saying echos throughout all that I do, and has helped me achieve many goals:

Petit à petit, l’oiseau fait son nid.

It literally translates to “little by little, the bird builds its nest” and means “with time and perseverance, goals can be accomplished.”  Other similar sayings are Rome wasn’t built in a day, Little strokes fell great oaks or quite simply–taking baby steps.  So as I complete this first blog post , I’ve just taken my first baby step.  🙂

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