NEW TRENCH COAT

I marked this autumn with a new trench coat I recently made. Go to www.dilekaspires.com to see it and read about how I learned to make my own clothes.

MY STANDARDIZED ANSWER to the repetitive question “How did you learn to sew?” is “I was taught by my mom, who was taught by my grandma, who was taught by my great grandma etc.Making clothes has been in my family for generations, and hearing the stories about the women in my family tree, sewing, knitting, crocheting, and anything similar were seen as skills that any woman should possess.

In our present where the practice of assigning roles based on gender is slowly, but surely losing favor, learning how the do all of the aforementioned is a choice rather than necessity. Unlike in the past, buying clothes nowadays is easy and cheap so making them is no longer seen as a skill that someone other than designers or seamstresses should have.

Watching my mom sew, I naturally picked it up, but in my case, rather than using it just for practical reasons, I enjoy the entire process. Although mom was always there for guidance, what also really helped me hone my sewing skills was the monthly issue of the BurdaStyle sewing magazine. I already shared part of this story in the post where I gave you four tips on how to start making your own clothes. This magazine not only equipped me with technical sewing skills, but it also helped me figure out pattern making all on my own to the point where nowadays I just sit down and create my designs all from scratch. When I was younger, it also creatively challenged me, pushing me to think how to redesign their patterns in order to make a unique piece.

I marked this autumn with a new trench coat I recently made. Go to www.dilekaspires.com to see it and read about how I learned to make my own clothes.

Although small, the magazine has a plus-sized section which has been particularly helpful for me to learn how to make clothes for any body type. A lot of people around me, notably my mom, don’t fit in the standardized shape and size that is sold in most stores. It’s excruciatingly hard seeing them go into the fitting room and seeing them leaving it disappointed because of the misfit. It makes me mad. That’s why in high school I started drawing designs and used the BurdaStyle patterns to help me get the shape and size right for my mom’s clothes. We are now at the point where most of her wardrobe consists of pieces that I have made for her.

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PS VISUAL ART

Although nowadays I like to create my original designs, I still buy the magazine every month and use their patterns when I really like a design and want to make it. I recently made this trench coat from an older BurdaStyle magazine {Issue: November, 2009} and just changed up the sleeves a little to give it my own twist. 

The fabric is a gray lightweight wool woven with a pop of pink and purple and has the ability to visually transform me into a) a student of the Beauxbatons Academy of Magic aka the French wizarding school in Harry Potter, b) a female version of Sherlock Holmes, or c) a fantasy swordswoman character {or so I have been told}.

I really love how it turned out! What do you think?

I marked this autumn with a new trench coat I recently made. Go to www.dilekaspires.com to see it and read about how I learned to make my own clothes.
I marked this autumn with a new trench coat I recently made. Go to www.dilekaspires.com to see it and read about how I learned to make my own clothes.
I marked this autumn with a new trench coat I recently made. Go to www.dilekaspires.com to see it and read about how I learned to make my own clothes.
I marked this autumn with a new trench coat I recently made. Go to www.dilekaspires.com to see it and read about how I learned to make my own clothes.
I marked this autumn with a new trench coat I recently made. Go to www.dilekaspires.com to see it and read about how I learned to make my own clothes.

Trench coat: by me {pattern BurdaStyle.de}
Boots: Pull&Bear
Bag: Carpisa
Necklace: Swarovski

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