In real life, I am a singer/actress, living in Vienna and performing here and wherever else they hire me. One of my key roles is Maria in West Side Story, but I also sing Opera and Operetta. However, this blog is really about what I call "my other life".
Drawing was a hobby for as long as I can remember. So was sewing. However, fashion design was never something that was within my horizon. I thought it was superficial, for rich, arrogant people who would smirk at me in real life. I still feel that I have to defend myself for being interested in fashion in the first place, but I would really like to "bring back" fashion into home sewing... Why is it that so many home sewers are interested in vintage and why do so few sew fashion-forward pieces?
Well, I myself like to sew vintage pieces too. I do that to learn forgotten techniques, to be reminded of how many other shapes there are than simple t-shirts. So I will be posting about my vintage patterns, while NOT specifically concentrating on staying 100% vintage.
On the other hand, I try to come up with my own patterns and takes on present-day fashion.
Then lastly, I am trying to get the rust off my drawing skills and try my hand at fashion illustration. As soon as I feel up to it, you will see more and more of those endeavors, too.
Let me use this dialogue from The House of Eliott, to explain what it is that captivates me so much about clothing/fashion:
The dialogue takes place between fashion critic Victor Stride and the up-and-coming new fashion designer Evie Eliott:
Stride: "Most people are inarticulate. They might be able to express themselves painting pictures or writing books, but they can't express themselves through the clothes they wear. And help them discover how, should be the ultimate aim of every good designer."
Evie: "I've always felt that it's not just matching the clolours of someones complexion or someones hair, but it's how to convey who they really are, or want to be."
Stride: "Yes, but there is a trap. 99% of the human race feel they should be wearing exactly what every one else is wearing. And it's your job to help them find the courage to be themselves. Which includes the courage to reject all our grand ideas. And wear any old thing they please."