comparing. Just like my sloper tutorials, my Portrait of a Seamstress series started on a whim and I almost didn’t publish the first one. When I saw the response from the first post, I continued to find seamstresses in and around Philadelphia and so far, it’s been so much fun hunting down all types of seamstresses, which is the point of the series. A seamstress could be someone with three months, three years, or thirty years of experience under their belt. Also, a seamstress could be old and wrinkly or young, vibrant, and adorned with tattoos. Each seamstress has had her own set characteristic and unique personality but one common thread has been the presence of a mentor. In every interview I have conducted so far, she, the interviewee, talks about one person who has taught, influenced, and inspired her beyond what words could thank. The same goes for me – I have a mentor too and her name is Mishka. She taught me everything I know about sewing and we still talk on a regular basis. I respect and thank her tremendously and all the money in the world wouldn’t be enough to reward her for what she’s given me.
What about you? Do you have a mentor? If so, who was she (or he)?