As I mentioned in one of my recent posts, I’ve been busy busy busy with my current schooling but also applying for fashion school. I’m applying for Fashion Communication at Ryerson University. I had to crunch a lot of my portfolio development into a few short days due to my current workload. I went in order, checking off each assignment on the list as I completed it, and the final one was of coarse a garment. As I’m currently a literature student, the prospect of actually making clothes sounded slightly intimidating. Luckily, during my teenage years I went through a few stages where I wanted to create my own clothing, so had experimented a lot back then, but was certainly not a pro. A few years later, I’m now turning 21 and haven’t as much as touched a sewing machine in about three years. After an afternoon spend venturing the textile district (Toronto) and encountering many encouraging and helpful people, I returned home to set up my sewing machine.
Embarrassingly enough, I had to YouTube to refresh on some aspects of setting up my machine, but I got through it…UNTIL!! I realized I was missing parts, great. I called many sewing shops, but none had the parts I needed, and placing an order would take more time than I had to spare. So I resorted to hand-sewing my garment…let’s just say, it took all night. It was a gruelling process at times, but I kept my spirits in good check with the help of a Rockstar energy drink and some serious beatz. What helped the most were those encouraging moments at 2 and 4am when things started to turn out better than expected.
Here are some photos of my process, and the end results…
annnnd me wearing it after a night of no sleep:
It definitely needs some fixing up, but at least it’s something I’m okay with submitting pictures of for my portfolio. Here’s to hoping for an acceptance letter!