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!

8 comments:

  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. :]

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

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  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!
    http://www.learnhowtosewnow.com

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  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.

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  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!

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  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.

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

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