Tuesday, February 12, 2008

Well, hello!

Hey! I'm Addie.

So, basically, I enjoy reading quality fiction, making clothing, and wearing high heels.

Umbrellas, polkadots, political discussions, typewriters, summer, ginger ale, jane eyre, the first snow, books that take over your life, movies that you think about for days afterward, owls, sundresses, good looking boys, vintage/retro/historical fashion, good hymns, my adorable customers & anyone else who wears what I make, pin-up girls, commercial-less radio hour, john krasinski, love, classic rock, Jacob, nanowrimo, riding horses, boots with buckles or laces and really high heels, shirts with sewing machines on them, fairy tales, used-bookstores, red peeptoes, worn journals, unicorns, love notes, really fabulous coats, and striped stockings all delight me beyond words.

I grew up at the most wonderful place on earth. Northern Minnesota is beyond beautiful, and to be able to spend my summers swimming in our clear, deep lake, adventuring to waterfalls, camping on islands, kayaking on a peaceful calm morning, playing cards on rainy days, and having nightly campfires with good conversation, and my winters cross-country skiing, saunaing, skating, and sledding was the ideal way to have it. I feel like the luckiest girl to have the childhood I did.

I was homeschooled after the 5th grade for the simple reason of being too far away from town. For six years I rode the school bus for nearly 3 hours a day, sometimes leaving as the sun rose and coming home as it was setting. That's tough on a kid, and after 5th grade, I called it quits, followed my older brothers' examples, and stayed home. This was one of the best decisions I've ever made for a variety of reasons, but namely: my time was my own. I had the freedom to explore my interests, and build a curriculum around what I loved. My parents are busy people, so for the most part I was teaching myself.

It was only after I came home that I started to sew. Originally, when I was about 12, I made costumes with the help of my mom. But when I got into high school, I began reconstructing t-shirts, remaking clothes, and using modern patterns. I discovered communities like t_shirt_surgery, Craftster, and most importantly, Threadbanger. I used tutorials to teach myself new techniques, spending all my free time poring over these sites. I looked at other people's work, and practiced making replicas. I experimented, and tried new things. I got to count pattern drafting for geometry and sewing for home-ec. For a period of time, I was on a huge learning curve, and it was all sewing, all the time, pretty much. Somewhere in the midst of that, I started this blog as a way to document my projects, and the rest is pretty much history.

I'm currently a freshmen in Apparel Design & Development in Wisconsin. I love my major and the people I've met as a result, and I've learned SO much already, after only one semester. I couldn't be happier with where I'm at right now, and I can't wait to continue learning everything I possibly can about designing clothing.

Right now, this is my place to chronicle the clothes I've made, the things I've worn, and the people I adore. (That includes YOU!) I love hearing from people & I try very hard to reply to every comment & visit everyone's blog, so leave me a note or contact me!

Questions? Comments? Interested in sponsoring? Collaborating? Trading guest posts? Link exchange? Email me : addie@addie-marie.com

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  1. ADDIE YOU ROCK. Wow. I love your creativity. You ARE inspiring! wow. Beauitful pieces. WOW. Agina, You rock the ages-haha-keep up teh good work! Love ya.

  2. Hi Addie Marie,

    I am Trishna. I found your blog while I was surfing the blogsphere and I am so happy that I did. I am a bit older than you but unfortunately have never used a sewing machine. But this year I decided to put an end to it and gifted myself sewing lessons as a birthday present.

    That's why when I discovered your blog it was the perfect timing.

    I hope we can stay in touch, link exchange, follow whatever, but just keep in touch. I look forward to all your creative endeavors.

    Love from Toronto Canada.

    P.S: I think I am your newest follower, but trying to figure out friend-connect related technicalities.

  3. Yay for homeschooling! It definitely encourages creativity. I homeschooled my kids and among them are an engineering entrepreneur, an author, and a musician. Might be something to those long midwest winters, too....


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