Happy Summer! Now is the time to relax, take a vacation, tackle a summer reading list or finally work on the passion project you've been waiting for months to start! An activity in which I've been immersing myself this season is sewing and repurposing clothes. I took a sewing class last year at the Hacker Lab in Sacramento and within a few months became more confident using my vintage Morse Apollo 6200. With a dire need for a new summer wardrobe to fend of 100+ degree temperatures in Sacramento, I'm excited to jump into the small mountain of oversized tops, vintage dresses and outdated jumpsuits (see look above) I've accumulated over the last year. It's also an excuse to clear out my closet; anything I'm ready to get rid of is subject to alteration in a final effort to love it again.
This is actually an extension of what I do with jewelry. tula in bloom began when I started making new pieces from broken and outdated earrings, necklaces and bracelets. It was easy to see a piece and think, That would look gorgeous if only... Having had little fabrication experience at the time meant also having very few boundaries regarding what I imagined could be done with a piece. This led to some interesting and unusual designs that still inform my work today, including custom orders and one-of-a-kind (OOAK) pieces.
Being able to employ the skills I learned in sewing class to make fun and stylish pieces custom fit for me is empowering, and another opportunity to express my creativity. As I come across challenges while sewing a piece I learn new skills in finding solutions, getting inspired all over again in the process. It doesn't hurt to have a Pinterest page for inspiration, either. ;-)
Are you working on any creative projects this summer? Got any sewing tips to share? Post in the comments below, and as always,
Find what makes you bloom.