When I started my adventure in sewing, like hunkered down really started this past January, I had no specific plans except to sew as much as I possibly could. As the months progressed I realized I wanted more, I wanted to gain knowledge/skill in sewing and in design. The past six months I’ve definitely had moments where I’ve been frustrated I’m not in a place physically or financially to go back to school. I’ve also had moments where I’ve been frustrated I didn’t major in art or fashion design while I was in college. I still think 18 is too young to ask a kid what she wants to do with the rest of her life. Sometimes I fear I missed my “prime”. I try to tell myself it’s never too late to have new dreams or try new things. And not trying isn’t an option… that would be worse than failing. Nowadays (I say that like I’ve been around for a long time) we have so many resources at our fingertips. Since Dwight has finished Divinity school I’ve decided to go back to school in the only way I can right now, and that way is to home school myself. Is this cheesy/lame? I’m such a planner that If I don’t have a specific plan I won’t follow through, so I have made myself a fall semester using resources like Craftsy, other online courses, and fashion textbooks. I’ve decided to call my “school” Davy College. More cheesiness?
One school I would actually love to attend is O’More College of Design in Nashville, TN. I looked up the courses they require fashion design students to take and made my schedule based off of those courses. I tried my best to pick courses required for first year students. I also plan to finish taking some of my Craftsy classes this summer and then adding a few to my fall schedule. I have bought several textbooks, mentioned in my last post, that I will be using as well.
Davy College: Fall Semester
Fashion Merchandising: Resources – Fashion: From Concept to Consumer and The World of Fashion (still looking for some other books to use as well)
Personal Sewing Projects: these will be projects I chose to keep myself sewing when a book or class might not require any sewing
So after reading my crazy story to put myself back in school by means of teaching myself, what do you think? If you are self-taught would you mind sharing any recommendations or thoughts you have with me? I’m not one of those who picks talents up quickly and I’m working on being disciplined. I’m really excited when I think about it, but I know it’s going to take a lot of hard work if I want to see results. So all you self-taught seamstresses and fashion designers, your words of wisdom are welcome here! And anyone else too. :)