27 April 2013

My me-made-May pledge, or: Every outfit is a (detective) story

Update, early May—If you've been following this, then you know that my camera broke last week, and as such the second part (the mystery series that I was so excited about) is not going to work, unfortunately. Tried to fix the camera but it didn't work, so right now I'm trying to figure out how to blog about sewing without a camera. I'll figure something out!

So first things first:

I, Meraj of Threaded Dances, sign up as a participant of Me-Made-May '13. I endeavour to wear one self-made garment or piece each day for the duration of May 2013, and to post an outfit photo on the Wednesday and Friday of every week.

Furthermore, for these photos, whenever possible, I will plan and photograph my outfit to intentionally disguise the identity of the self-made item.

The item  will be as a snake in the grass, a chameleon among the leaves, a purloined letter hiding in plain sight.

(Ignore my penchant for melodrama and simile mixing, please and thanks.)

Really, though: a purloined letter...hidden in plain sight...some of you can guess where this is going, right? Basically, my plan is to have the daily self-made garment "hidden" among all my ready-to-wear clothing, so that the whole outfit will be constructed like a puzzle or a mystery. "It was Meraj in the pantry with the self-made belt", you know?

My sister suggested the idea—and even a name: Me-Made-Maybe (yes!)—when we were talking about the pledge, and the idea kind of stuck in my head (thanks :D!). After getting in touch with Zoe of 'So Zo...: What do you know?' to run it by her, I started some serious planning.

14 April 2013

Why don't I live in Portland?

That's Portland, Oregon, in America. If I did, I'd at least be able to apply for the new position that's just been created at Colette Patterns. Yes, that's right: as of now, Colette Patterns is looking for a Summer Intern Blog Editor!

Of course, my style doesn't have a lot in common with Colette Patterns' vintage-inspired aesthetic, so even if I lived in Oregon I wouldn't be a good match for this position anyway, but I still think this is really cool news.

First, because in terms of 'business' blogs, Coletterie really is a good one. It's regularly updated, informative, and has some very interesting series—like I said, I don't even like most vintage styles, but I'm super excited whenever I see a new post in the "Detail Inspiration" series. Running a 'business' blog definitely has its own challenges (I manage a blog for an administrative office at my university) so getting to help with a blog that's as great as Coletterie is—well, it sounds pretty exciting.

Second, (and fair warning: I'm going to bring up the touchy topic of money here) I think it's nice that the position is paid. I think I understand that businesses can't always afford to pay interns, but as someone who hasn't quite finished university yet—and is therefore surrounded by internship horror stories—I have to admit that I've got mad respect when a small business owner decides to make intern compensation a priority.

Best of luck to whoever wants to apply! (And lives in Portland!)