Have you read the book, The Outliers? The full title is "The Outliers, The Story of Success." The book isn't a self help book about how to become successful, rather a book that explains how people have become successful. If you have not read it, I highly recommend it as it is a very interesting read.
http://tenthousandsewinghours.blogspot.com/, I will allow her to explain the title of her blog in her own words, "I love to sew! It is like the air I breathe! I'm constantly trying to improve my skills. Experts have said it takes 10,000 hours of hard work to become an expert seamstress (before you panic read my first entry for more info or read the book, "Outliers" by Malcolm Gladwell:). I'm on a mission to test this theory. You're welcome to join me on this journey---one hour at a time!" I may need to change what I said about the book not being a self help book. Wow, did it ever inspire Victoria!!!
Here are the goals that she has set for herself,
-Try to Complete a sewing project each week (2 weeks max for complicated projects.- Devote 1000 hours a year to sewing or doing sewing related activities. This amounts to 83 hours a month or ~3 hours a day.
- Keep track of all the time I spend sewing and reading, studying, or watching sewing related material and post it.
- Explore pattern drafting
- Explore draping
-Familiarize myself with the work of famous Fashion Designers.
Quite an ambitious task!!
Here are a few of her lovely creations from this past year. You can see all of her creations from 2012 here.
"I've ALWAYS wanted to have a month set aside where I could attempt/tackle sewing projects that I've always wanted to but have always been put on the back burner due to reluctance, intimidation, or plain laziness. Come on, you know what I'm talking about. It's the project that you ALWAYS find an excuse not to sew---for one reason or another. What is it? A coat, tailored shirt, pants, suit, vest or skirt??? How about we go through the list of excuses."
If you would like to take the challenge, you can read more about it and join here http://tenthousandsewinghours.blogspot.com/2013/01/fearless-february-blog-button.html
Up next is an incredible seamstress with great talent. Her name is Adriana and her blog is http://www.rainforestcouture.blogspot.com/. I'll let her introduce herself,
"Greetings from the rain forest!! I am a fashion designer specializing in custom made wedding and evening gowns. My work is my passion, and I thank God every day for giving me the talents needed to make many girls happy with a wonderful dress. I lived in Europe for many years and started my career there and I am absolutely in love with Couture and everything that has to do with arts and crafts. Moved back to Costa Rica and found out that it was so difficult to find lovely details that I needed to make clothes, so....decided to make them."
The macrame above...she made this!!!!!!
This is the work of her students. Adriana teaches a wonderful on class on doing this inset work.