Sewing skips a generation
Growing up I heard stories about how all my mother's clothes were homemade. These stories were told to let me know how lucky we were to be able to afford store bought clothes. However, they seemed to have the opposite effect. I thought it was the coolest thing ever that my Grandma could whip up a wardrobe for twin girls and herself.
In my Freshmen year of high school I decided I was going to be a fashion designer and in order to do this I would need to start prepping by taking classes at FIT. So off I went to NYC on Saturday afternoons to learn how to sew on industrial machines.
Somewhere along the way it was mentioned to me that my great grandfather was a tailor for the NY Metropolitan Opera - and a new dream was realised - costume designer! This was a rather easy one for me to achieve as my high school drama productions not only allowed students to act but also run the show behind the scenes. During my tenure, I costumed 4 musicals and 3 dramas, and won 1 NJ State Award.
But as I rose in grades, my focus shifted from technical to academic. I got it in my mind that economics/business, not fashion was the right path for me. My brief stint as an intern in the fashion industry left me feeling like Ugly Betty in the early seasons, so perhaps my instincts were right.
What I do regret is that from ages 18 - 29 was my lack of access to a sewing machine. There was no space in my NYU dorm or tiny studio apartment afterwards for even the smallest home machine. Finally when I moved to London, I got the chance to get behind the machine at Sew Over It. After we moved to Singapore, Colin bought me a sewing machine for my birthday and a class at Sew Into It for our anniversary.
So now I am back to keeping my family's sewing legacy alive and well. My goal is to create garments that don't just look nice, but also tell stories of my travels. Stay tuned for reviews on patterns, tips on fabric hunting in Asia, and more!