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Omg, it’s been forever, I know! If you follow my other blog at carolbelle.com, you’d know that I was in school for this last year. I finished two semesters at Santa Fe Community College and am very nearly done with my certificate in fashion design. Even though I have plenty of years of experience, I still wanted that piece of paper for my own personal validation. That, and taking certain classes to hone my skills in pattern drafting and illustration really helped to motivate me.

I also completed the collections studio course, which took us through the entire process of creating a ten piece collection!

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Due to time constraints, most of the students only finished four or five actual, tangible pieces. But we had a little runway show and everything. My models were all very delightful to work with, but you might notice that the outfits could have used some filling out in certain places. Still, it was a fun and worthwhile experience.

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And then here’s me getting interviewed by the instructor of the collections course, Ezra Estes!

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So I’m trying to get back into the game, here. There are now 11 Otome no Sewing books published! As of this post, Gothic Lolita Bible is at #63 and is sold out on CD Japan, so I’ll have to buy it on eBay soon. I heard rumors that they will be discontinuing the print version of the publication, which would make me so sad. I live for those patterns that they come with!

Moving forward, if anyone has any questions about patterns, sewing, or tutorial requests, please feel free to contact me! I’m also slowly reopening my etsy shop, as well. Have a great day, everyone!

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