Here is a picture of the door to our little balcony also serving as the only window in our kitchen, and there is my lovely little sewing machine on the table, which I actually have stolen from my dear father, he got it when he left home in the 70's I think, and now it is hostage at my place mouhahaha!
It has served me very well in the time I’ve been doing this stuff, ever since this:
Yep, that’s me in my first ever historical dress, made by me, only me, no pattern no knowledge of nothing, I had just seen “The Scarlet Pimpernel” from 1983 and wanted a dress with long, full skirts, 15 years old or something like that.. but I’m not ashamed, not since I can now show of stuff like this after only eight years of no more help than my own stubbornness and experimenting:
I have never understood things like patterns, unless I disregard the texts and information and try making it again in my head, so everything I do is drafted, freely by hand, I seldom take measurements actually. In my sewing class in high school my teacher wanted to only just pass me because I was so sloppy in her opinion. Wonder what she would say now?
Some say it’s a gift, perhaps, it works for me and I have a special sense for historical details and idiom, I can say that at least, and I am a perfectionist in every way possible! Mostly that is a curse actually, I am not always happy when I’m in the process of making things, especially putting arms on things.. hate it! And I hate making corsets, just so you know, I don’t like everything with historical clothing, I like wearing corsets and stays and all that but I don’t want to make them.
I have my father o thank for all of this, the craftsmanship parts anyway since I inherited that from him, he is mostly fond of building things in metal or wood, but is actually a hell of a tailor to! I also have to thank my dear Peter for having the same interest in history as I and wanting to explore this world of re-enactment, because this means I have a reason to explore the male side of fashion and learn to make men's clothing as well. So far it has turned out well at least, one example here and then I think it's time to end todays post, even though I haven't really told you much about me!