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This Week's Topic:
Who do you sew for and why?
For most of my sewing career I only sewed for myself. It was pretty simple, really: I was the only person around when I needed to fit costumes and my skill (and patience) wasn't great enough to be able to fit over distances (or wait for mock-ups). Later on I still concentrated on myself, but I added in a person now and then who was needed for a specific masquerade entry or whatnot and couldn't complete their outfit themselves. I also did the wedding dress for my new sister-in-law, which was not only a fitting-over-a-distance issue but also all the emotional issues of a wedding dress and the stress of being delayed in the final fitting for a few days due to an ice storm. In the last few years I've started doing a lot of sewing for my niece and nephews. Fitting growing children over a distance has proved to be very challenging, however I can at least rely on my mother and sister-in-law to properly measure them so I know that I'm starting out fine, and children's patterns are so cute I haven't wanted to deviate from them much. My niece, Thing 1, is coming to Costume Con this year so right now I'm in the middle of a bunch of sewing for her which is incorporating some franken-patterning and improvisation in children's clothes for the first time. I'm also getting ready to start a wedding dress for sister-in-law #2 as well as the flower-girl dresses, so my summer should be full of sewing for other people as well!
Mostly for myself. My few forays into sewing SCA garb for boyfriends ended in failure, as despite measurements, the scale was always off. I recently tried sewing for someone new - a guy a I traded a coif for an hour massage. He is willing to do more trades, and I'd like more massages.ReplyDelete