Hey hey hey!
So the drafting series is behind us - did you have fun?
I hope you did! I also hope you learned something new, something different, something that freed you to think outside the box, something that might inspire you to try sewing from a different angle. And maybe offered you an alternative to buying (and storing) multitudes of commercial patterns, thus saving you lots of money and space. Why spend money/space on patterns when you can spend it on fabric? is my outlook on sewing, and life in general.
This series was for me also a walk down memory lane and a revisit of my childhood. It is near impossible for me to think of drafting without remembering being a daughter, student and fashion brat in mum's house. That I also got to physically return to Singapore earlier in the year and resume drafting with the ladies who first taught me, was like icing on the cake. I only wish Grandma were still alive - what a party we would have had, could we (mum, Auntie Laura, Jen and me) have had her teach us! Now that would have been something to blog about.
And then there's all of you - thank you for asking me about drafting in the first place. Thank you for your comments, your emails, your requests and your interest. Because of you, I got off my behind, thought of my own little girls learning to draft someday and said, "what the hey, drafting isn't easy to teach but I'll have a shot at it." What a thrill of a journey. And the best part was that Jen and I got to work together as if we were still in the same school (or even just the same country, dang), taking the same bus, hanging out in the same fast-food joints and coffee shops, dreaming of the day when we'd be all grown up and fabulously dressed. Which we are now, of course (fabulously dressed, I mean - I don't know anything about being grown-up).
Thought I'd celebrate the end of the series with a little giveaway! When I was back in Singapore earlier this year, I went shopping and returned with an eclectic collection of, well, culture. See here:
Some of the toys I played with as a little kid:
a paper ball, a little wooden top and some of those gummy bubbles inflated through a straw. (You're getting the folded ball, not the one I actually blew up with my germy mouth to take this picture).
Some of the cute stationery that you can find in any part of Asia, really. Here are a lego-style color pencil, take-apart food erasers and a card case - from Korea and China.
That strawberry bag:
Notions and stuff - a giant seam-ripper, Japanese self-threading needles, one of my drafting pencils, a pair of golden-yellow frog buttons, and half a dozen white fabric roses:
6 yards of trims from my favorite haberdasheries in Singapore and Bangkok (they're sold in rolls!!!!!)
and batik. Of course batik.
2 yards of fabulous bright, cotton Malaysian batik such as you've never seen in the Western hemisphere:
I'm putting it all in a package and sending it off to one lucky person! If you want a chance to win a little bit of the culture of ikatbag (and a small part of South East Asia), leave a comment on this post
- telling me one thing new /different you learned about sewing this year, and how you learned it/where you learned it - a book, a miserable personal experience, somebody's blog, a video, watching someone else do it, anything. Inspire me! Make me want to go buy that book, visit that blog, watch that video and avoid that miserable personal experience!
- by Thursday Nov 11 2010, midnight
- with easy access to an email address. If your comment gets picked and I can't find your email address within ten seconds, I'm redrawing. I'm that lazy.
Anyone in the world can enter, so start writing your stories now!
I'll close the giveaway at midnight on Thursday and pick a comment at random and announce the winner the next day.