Who is behind this?

Check out my about.me profile! for more info and links… about me. I’m on Twitter a bunch so feel free to find me there.

My name is Leila. I’m originally from Colombia (South America) and I’ve been in the United States since 1992. I’m still not over the culture shock.

I’ve been sewing on and off most of my life. Since 2007, my sewing has taken priority over my thoughts. I’m intrigued by couture sewing techniques, Victorian sewing traditions, and some 40’s and 50’s Vintage dress designs, though I have been known to whip a dress up with the help of my serger. All in all, I love to learn new sewing techniques.

I’m self-taught though my mom did get me started. I didn’t dress up my dolls when I was little. I spent most of my time playing with cars, riding bikes, and playing detective and banker. I did a lot of theater in school which lead me to Theater and Dance degrees and professional work in theater.

I currently work as assistant to a designer doing alterations for brides and making custom dresses for other clients. It involves lots of gorgeous layers and beautiful trim.

I started this blog intending to find 2 dress patterns that I could make that would be classic pieces while the 3rd pattern would be a rotating seasonal piece. Now, I just want to make everything but I’m actually still in search of great dress patterns.

hope you enjoy the blog

16 thoughts on “Who is behind this?”

  1. I’m looking forward to watching your progress! I’ve never really been into dresses, but since last summer I’ve been feeling like I want a few comfortable dresses to wear to break the t-shirt cycle. πŸ™‚

    • Thanks! I know what you mean. I’m just now getting back into thinking about dresses. It should be fun. I hope to take the whole year to wrap my head and skills around the design and the execution process. Thanks for reading.

  2. Hi, I’ve just started reading your posts-hope to see more!

  3. lapequesalsera said:

    Thank God for people like you that take the time to teach people like me πŸ™‚

  4. You might be interested in my books of costume patterns, described at http://www.lavoltapress.com.

    Thanks for your attention,

    Fran Grimble

    • Thanks for visiting my blog! I am a huge fan of yours. Huge fan. I own Fashions of the Gilded Age, Vol. 1 and have used several of the patterns from that book as well as Vol. 2 for my two Steampunk costumes- heavily Victorian, less futuristic. Thanks again for the comment.

  5. Hi there, hope you still read these. I am looking for a Janome L-392 and was wondering if you still had one. If so please contact me at cmujadin@sbcglobal.net Need parts desperately! thanks-cat

  6. Hey! Colombiana! Thanks for connecting, I love your dresses. I wish I knew how to sew and fit all my dresses for preggo times πŸ™‚

  7. Hi Leila
    Thanks for signing up to the Pattern Magic Challenge!

    Very happy to have come by your blog: I think we have very similar preoccupations though I lag behind you a bit in experience! I’ll be very interested in following your progress.

    Best wishes

    • Yay, Marianna! I was thinking the same thing based on our blogs. πŸ™‚ I know I’m a little behind but I’m excited enough about adding in these Pattern Magic ideas I might have to have a project cut in line. πŸ™‚

  8. Hi Leila πŸ™‚

    I’m starting up a new initiative that provides free advertising to sewing bloggers and thought you may like to sign up.
    It’s a simple rotation banner that you display on your sidebar.
    You can read all about it here:
    Thanks πŸ™‚

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