Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Couture Camp at The Lower East Side Girls Club

Though the blurry picture may not get it across perfectly, these girls are the best audience ever. I spoke to them this afternoon at the Lower East Side Girls Club. They're having a summer "couture camp" for teens interested in the fashion industry and I was invited to speak to them about blogging. Mary Adams (author of the amazing The Party Dress Book) is their wonderful teacher; she and I became friends after I reviewed her book last year.

The girls were great, asking really insightful questions about vintage fashion and making a career out of blogging. (Two of them are already bloggers!) And I got to talk about a subject close to my heart: the idea that bloggers are essentially "self-made women"--if one provides useful, well-written content you can become an authority in a field you have little to no formal training in. It's pretty awesome.

Thanks to Mary and the girls for having me!


  1. Sounds like lots of fun! I'd love to see you do some posts on blogging and how to grow your own sewing blog. :]

  2. Aw! They all look so excited to see you! Can't wait to hear the whole story.

  3. How wonderful for you to be asked to speak at gatherings like this one! I hope one day to be able to do that kind of thing in my town - which is MUCH smaller than yours.

    I agree, blogging is awesome! I've only been blogging for about 7 months, but I see a growing audience.
    I also write articles on sewing related subjects that seem to be well received.

    Yay for us sewing bloggers!

  4. Yes. Only I think I have it the opposite of you. As a blogger, I get to write for people who read my posts. I never, ever thought I might come near any opportunities to write stuff that other people would read. I was just not good enough to be a "writer". But gosh, I really love it and I want to learn more and be better!

    You are a great writer, all trained and everything. Don't take that part for granted! Blogging gives us all a chance to do our thing. I love it.

  5. I never thought of blogging as a career... but what a fantastic opportunity if they can do it.
    I love reading blogs, especially those of people who are passionate about their topic.
    There can't ever be too many of them!

  6. What an amazing opportunity! The fact that bloggers who inspire so many of us online can take that know-how and enthusiasm into the "real" world now is so exciting. Especially because most don't have the formal training. Wish I had been a fly on a wall there! hehe.

  7. While I've never made tulip sleeves, they look like a fun, feminine detail for any top or dress.


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