I do all sorts of things in my spare time. Like make dresses, read, write, doodle, paint, and take photos.
I make dresses
Another #dress in the making with the fantastic new doible stretch crepe jersey from jerseyfashion.nl Given where my preferred supplier for fabrics is from I am grateful to have loved in Holland and studied Dutch for 2 years. Makes ordering on the website easier :) #shiftdress #jersey #crepejersey #jerseyfashionNL #workdress #pins #pinning #sewing #dressmaking #seamstressSophie
My two favourite things to make are dresses and bags. I’ll tag my tweets and instagrams with #seamstressSophie, if you’re curious to see what I’m working on now. The blog has gotten me invited to an exhibition opening at Buckingham Palace, and to Regent Tweet (a bloggers event).
Pet peeve: synthetic linings. Favourite thing: pockets!
I read. A lot.
You have no idea how long my Amazon wishlist is…
I post all the books I have read onto Pinterest, that way if someone asks me about one, I’ll have a place to refer to!
I write and doodle, every day
I carry a notebook / diary in which I write everything. There will be phone numbers of recruiters, sketches of bags I’m thinking of making, thoughts twirling in my head and needing a way out or notes from a lecture I’ve attended. Sometimes, even work-related sketches make their way in there, just because I had a good idea on the way home. Every year, since 2002, I also start NaNoWriMo. I have “won” (finished) ONCE: in 2010 I wrote 50’000 words in 30 days. In more than 30 years of keeping a paper diary, I have developed a stationery fetish. My favourite notebooks are moleskine (A5 with great line height for writing), Leuchtturm1917 (A5 but these are wider than moleskines!), code & quill (A5 lays flat, and has the softest paper!), manufaktum (gilted edges), and muji (inexpensive B5 project books).
I draw and paint
Drawing and painting are like meditation to me. The best way to calm down and find my centre. I’ve loved Arts my entire life, enthusiastically scribbling on walls as soon as I could walk, and by Uni time… well, if fine arts minors were given to computer engineering students, then I would have one! I wish I were kidding, that was a LOT of extra credits!!
I take photos
I like taking photos. Some end up on instagram. I also have a Rollei S35. I don’t use it often, but when I do, the feel of the shutter and manual winder makes me very very happy. I’ve also taken some photos of IBM executives for their social media profiles. One of them was so overjoyed with one of his pictures, he emailed me after I’d left the company to tell me that he was getting at least one positive comment every week from colleagues who had seen it on the internal systems. He’s now changed his Linked in photo to that one, and has recommended me as well!
I love knowledge, so I give back
I believe in the sharing of knowledge… And the Internet. So every year I donate to Wikipedia, one of the best things to be found online. Please, if you use it and can afford to, do the same. Keep the information alive.