Introduction Post: Vintage Refashion
Name & Location: Dany Pearson- Boston, MA.
Blog: Dame Vintage
How long have you been sewing: I received my first sewing machine for Christmas when I was 20 years old, roughly 20 years ago, with a love of vintage clothing and costume design I just jumped right in. I taught myself to sew by deconstructing and reconstructing all my vintage clothing. I gradually got more into the study of costume and would recreate the romantic styles I saw in the movies. I became an accomplished corsetiere and then stopped sewing rather abruptly for several years. I picked it back up again about 5 years ago with some formal training at the Fashion Design School at MA Art in Boston.
Why did you want to commit to The Sew Weekly Challenge: Over the course of the last few years I opened and closed a Vintage shop here in Boston, the idea being to sell vintage to fund a creative upstart of a business, something that would support my own craft as well as that as that of other local designers and artists. I want to commit to the Sew Weekly Challenge, to challenge myself creatively. In addition to getting back to the physical part of sewing and sewing my own garments, which I could not do when I was working a day job and running a shop, I hope to work through a creative process that will take me somewhere I do not know yet with regard to my design and sewing. Alternately, I think it will just be a lot of fun.
What do you love most about sewing garments: Fit and Fabric – Being a hard fit in commercial sizes makes having a garment handmade for your own figure a joy. I’m always inspired by fabric, the feel the texture the design. 99% of the time I see a fabric and an idea of the garment will come to me. I expect using patterns to be a bit of challenge for me. While following the SW blog, I was always so impressed with the sewers visions coming out of the patterns they chose.
What do you hate most about sewing garments: When something doesn’t work they way I had imagined or my vision is limited by my skills, it can be very frustrating and easy to give up.
What do you want to accomplish this year with regard to the challenge: I would love to be a part of a creative community and find a place in my life for something that has been a joy for many years.
Your biggest non-sewing goal of 2012: Continuing the renovation work on my new-to-me turn of the century single family home in an old family neighborhood here in Boston, a garden in the spring, maybe some chickens and if I’m lucky I will figure out how to integrate my day job work more closely with my own personal ideals and values.
What are your favorite sewing/fashion blogs: Gerti, MPB and TSW. I also love New Dress a day and The Selfish Seamstress.