Squee! Nessa of Sewing Empire nominated me for The Sisterhood Of The World Bloggers Award! Thank you so much Nessa for my first ever award!
Seriously, since I’m still not sure anyone actually reads this thing (my lack of posting is not helping), I was like this all day:
- Thank the blogger who nominated you, linking back to their site
- Put the Award logo on your blog.
- Answer the ten questions sent to you.
- Make up ten new questions for your nominees to answer
- Nominate ten blogs
1. How long have you been blogging?
The first post on this blog was June 2012, so shockingly 3 years! I think it’s only in the past year I’ve been posting somewhat regularly.
2. What is / are your favorite topics to blog about?
Well, so far the only things I post about are thinks I’m making, so that’s probably it. I should really post more research or tutorials one of these days…
Also you may have noticed I rely on animated gifs to express my feelings.
3. Do you have a favorite book and or author? And what do you love the most about them?
Ahahahah asking me to pick a favorite book. If you didn’t already know, my absolute favorite thing to do is read. Like, when I was younger, my mom would yank a book out of my hands and order me to stop reading (which probably makes her the only parent in history to say that to their child).
I can tell you my favorite genre is fantasy, because I like immersive stories with good worldbuilding and interesting plots. I don’t want to have to analyze a story to figure out what is going on. Some authors I love are Brandon Sanderson, Patrick Rothfuss, N.K. Jemisin, Tamora Pierce, and Scott Lynch.
4. Which is / are your favorite historical (sewing) periods?
I’ll be honest, pretty much all of them (except Regency. Sorry Nessa! And there are always a few exceptions…) You can see my previous costumes range from 1570 – 1930 (not that I’ve done everything in there, but I have plans for most of those periods). My first love was Elizabethan since Renaissance Faires were one of the things that got me into costuming.
I pretty much love whatever I’ve been reading about on other blogs or researching heavily at the time.
5. Do you have a piece of clothing in your wardrobe that you really love?
Costume-wise, I love love love my 18th century stays. The fit turned out pretty much perfect and I wouldn’t change anything about them (although I really should line them one of these days…)
Real Life wise – Well, I like lots of my clothes. But right now I’m currently in love with the one and only maxi dress I own. Being 4’11”, it’s hard to find a maxi dress that doesn’t look like I’m a kid playing dress up in my mother’s clothes, but I managed to find one that fit perfectly and I didn’t have to hem! (Technically it’s a nightgown since it came from the lingerie department at Macys, but no one has to know that…)
6. Which sewing / crafting technique would you love to learn?
Tailoring. It’s a really mysterious skill to me that is so different from normal seamstress-ing since you do so much fabric manipulation to make things fit crisply.
7. If a time traveler offered to take you anywhere in time and space, where would you go?
I’d probably pop back to the Renaissance and freak people out by asking to examine the seams in their kirtles. But since there are no extant garments from this time, it would be amazing to *know*.
The future would be pretty sweet too. I’d like to know when self driving cars become reality for the average person.
8. Describe your ideal dress fabric.
9. Which is your most important sewing or crafting tool?
Also my silk pins. I pretty much use them for everything now, since they slide in so much easier than my regular pins.
10. Are you more of a lace or a ruffle person?
In order to procrastinate sewing, I just documented my entire stash of trim, and I discovered I have Way Too Much Lace (although most of it is in smallish pieces that I don’t know what to do with), so let’s go with lace.
Now, I don’t have 10 blogs here to nominate. It’s not because there aren’t easily 10 bloggers I adminre, but most of the blogs that I would nominate have already been nominated by someone else. So here are some that I enjoy, which I think I haven’t seen listed yet :
Mimic of Modes. Swooooooon so much Real Research! Especially since my research tends to be along the lines of “I saw 3 other bloggers do this”, so I admire the real work that she does.
Northeast Costume Mounting. The posts often include extant garments that aren’t from the standard museums, and hence are new to me.
Fresh Frippery. Lovely variety of different eras!
Basically Creative Me. I’m basically jealous that the blogger is better than me, but just graduated high school. So impressive!
Cation Designs. She does mostly modern clothing, but pops some super fun costumes and historical work in. I pretty much want to be her friend since we both enjoy Lord of the Rings and other geeky things, plus we both have incredibly fluffy cats, so really it’s meant to be (whoops I think I outed myself as an awkward blog stalker!)
And my questions (and if other people see questions they want to answer, have at it!):
- What’s your favorite thing that you’ve made?
- What is your arch nemesis of sewing?
- Do you have any pets, and if so how do they help you while you sew? (This might be more geared at cat owners…)
- Do you have a roommate, significant other, or friend who you make help you out with pinning or fitting or corset lacing?
- What skill have you just not gotten around to learning yet?
- What aspect of sewing are you really good at?
- Post a picture of your dream recreation gown.