I’ve been sewing for years. My mom used to help me make clothes for my dolls as a kid, and I’d often ‘help’ her make clothes for me. Growing up in Sweden, she learned sewing in school, and she and her three older sisters made most of their own clothes. At that point I don’t think I had a lot of attention for details and techniques; she probably tried to teach me how to knit dozens of times. (It wasn’t until I dated a knitter in college that I actually picked it up). So since my kid-years, I’ve done quite a bit of self-taught sewing and pattern-making for my furniture design in school. A lot of this work verged more on sculpture and interactive worn art. These images show some examples of my investigations in sewing more apparel based work (more of this work available at my website, annikaschmidt.com)
Now that I’ve moved closer to my mom, I’m hoping to get her up here so I can learn some more advanced apparel techniques. In the meantime, I signed up for an online class at craftsy.com. Taught by Gretchen Hirsch of Gertie’s Blog for Better Sewing, the course focuses on a highly tailored 1950s bustier-sarong style dress, complete with underlining, lining, boning, bust padding, a waist stay… and plenty of other techniques that I am new to.
Anyway, it’s been a ton of fun so far. Here is the bodice in progress, with more photos to come.