Welcome to my blog! My name is, Dari, and if you haven’t already read the “About Me” section of this blog, allow me to take a moment and fill you in on who I am and why I am starting this blog.
My journey in sewing began when I was a teenager, but my love for fashion began much earlier. When I was a child I used to be fascinated with the pictures in the teen magazines and would beg my father to buy me the latest editions. I enjoyed looking at all of the clothes the girls were wearing, and I envied them because, of course, there was no way I could afford to buy such cute clothing. Since my parents couldn’t afford to buy me those clothes, I would try to design them in the hopes that one day I could actually make them. See a couple of drawings below…they still make me laugh to this day, but I was pretty good for my age, don’t you think?
I was so fascinated with the world of fashion that I even started a newsletter with one of my good friends about the subject, that I think I still have in a storage box under my bed somewhere. One of the first “Pinterest” like ideas I came up with when I was younger, was to tear out pages in magazines of clothing I loved, punch holes in them, and add them to a binder (which I still have to this day). It has become difficult to part with it, as I still on occasion look at the clothing on those very pages for inspiration.
So, the years passed by, and on my 15th birthday I asked my parents for a sewing machine, and they obliged. I don’t think I could have been happier when I saw my gift. To be honest, I still have and use that machine to this very day (over 10 years old…actually…it is definitely older than that lol). Personally, I think it was one of the best investments they ever made in me. My machine was and still is very dear to me. It isn’t the fanciest and though for the time it was pretty advanced, it doesn’t compare to what is out there now…but, knock on wood, it hasn’t failed me yet.
I have used that machine over the years from fixing my clothes to making a prom dress that I, sadly, never had the chance to wear, to making dresses, skirts, pants, children’s clothing (tried my hand), and restyling some of my clothes.
The same year I was gifted the sewing machine, my father (who was in the military) received orders to move the family to Germany where we would spend 3 years. At the time, we were living in Arizona and the high school I was attending had a fashion merchandising program that I just couldn’t wait to start taking. It was my dream…too bad I was in 9th grade and the course was strictly for those in 10th grade and up. So, when my father received those orders, naturally, I was devastated.
The first thing I did when I was enrolled in my new high school in Germany, was to find out if they had a similar program to the one my old high school had. Unfortunately, they didn’t. In fact, they only had one available sewing class. How exciting…one beginner level sewing class. To my pleasant surprise, however, I learned a lot from that one sewing class and to this day I still use key tips that I was taught that semester. I had an amazing teacher with a background in fashion merchandising. My expectations were low at first, but she was tough, and she knew what she was talking about, and I am very grateful.
To make a long story short, I was able to improve on my sewing skills at home, without any additional classes, while I was in high school, but I still wanted to pursue the field. The only problem was that when it came time to choose a college, I let fear creep in. I knew I wanted to go to fashion design school to study fashion merchandising or textiles, but living overseas and knowing that I would be returning to the states alone was rather intimidating. The fear took over and instead of going to Miami, New York, Savannah, Chicago, or L.A., I chose to go to Pennsylvania to study accounting, one of the subjects I studied for two years in high school, which I was also very good at.
I don’t believe in living with regrets, but let’s just say that that decision haunts me to this day. It pops in my head every so often. For this reason, my friends, I decided to start this blog, so that this can be the expression of all of the things I actually wanted to do with my life. In addition, I want to provide you with reviews, information, helpful videos, inspiration, photos, and resources of anything related to style & beauty, sewing, and other DIY. I might also touch on some lifestyle topics, such as fitness, but it will not be my focus.
My dream has evolved over the years, but at this moment in my life, this is my dream. I hope that those who join me will learn something new and can find inspiration as well. Enough about me, though, it is time to get started!