I often hear new costumers ask "How did you get started?" and "Where do you wear your costumes?" Costuming has brought me experiences I would not have had with any other hobby and I want everyone to experience the same if they desire. With that in mind I'm starting a #costumeflashback segment in both my blog and YouTube videos for anyone to draw on my journey as they begin their own. I will share the process in creating costumes from the past as well as events I've attended and hosted.
I started The Perfect Touch blog in 2009 but I began my costume hobby in 2007. October 2007 to be exact. I owned a very basic Singer Sewing Machine from the 1980s purchased at a Spiegel outlet store for $75. What a deal, I thought, until I plugged it in and it ran backwards! Being brave I opened it, found that a cam was inserted incorrectly, changed it, and voila! perfect seams. I had taken a sewing class in grade school and happily made an apron and then a few curtains and pillow covers over the years.
While my sewing skills were weak, my attention to detail and attention to instructions was strong. Apparently my confidence was also good as one day I decided I wanted to create costumes for myself, my husband, and my German Shepherd puppy for the annual photo sessions at my local pet store. I had found a penguin hat which would fit my pup, and the Jolly Holiday idea was born.