I can't complain. I loved my classes. I loved studying and discussing and writing long papers about literature. I love the opportunity I had through my university to study abroad, and the benefits my English major brought me in being able to make connections through teaching or tutoring English as a Second Language. I made wonderful friends in the English program, and I wrote some good articles, poems, and even the first six chapters of a novel.
But it is hard sometimes, at this just-out-of-school position I find myself in, realizing that there is very little one can do with an English major. There are things I could do, but those all require years of experience that I don't have, or they aren't available in the part of the country I live in.
Besides that, there are so many--SO MANY--things I wish I could have done instead or as well. Today I was looking at Kent State University's website-- Kent is only a short distance from my alma mater, the University of Akron-- and was drawn to their amazing fashion design program and an accompanying costume design minor. Now as I get back into sewing, I realize how useful and exciting it would have been to study there. Kent has a highly reputed fashion museum, and it would have been an amazing resource in continuing my historical fashion research.
Like I said, I enjoyed majoring in English and all my experiences that involved, so I am not wishing I could go back and change my past. Also, I'm 24 and have no interest in going back right away for another Bachelor's. But I can't help but feel some longing looking at those programs and thinking what I could have benefited from those.
I suppose the best I can do now is find what resources I can online, and make it to classes around the country when my schedule and finances allow. Perhaps it would even be possible to take a few classes at Kent, not for a degree but simply for the education and experience. I suppose I have many options, but I have to do some more research to find out what they are.
Meanwhile, I have still not been able to start with my sewing projects for my Etsy shop because I went to start on a doll dress yesterday and realized that I didn't have the pedal and cord attachment for my serger. Oops. My mom looked around for it at home (which is over an hour away) and couldn't find it, so it looks like I will just have to order a new one. So that means a couple days yet until I can start working on things for my shop.
However, my plan for after work today is to stop by the JoAnn Fabrics which is just around the corner and purchase some fabric for a Regency-era chemise. My Love is busy all evening so I can set aside a good amount of time to get started on this project. I am debating whether to make that completely hand-sewn for authenticity's sake or not. I am also curious whether anyone has advice on what kind of fabric to use? The last one I made was regular cotton, and it was okay, but I'd like to try something different this time. I was looking at JoAnn's Sew Classic Linen Solid Fabric but I have never used that product and also am not sure how nearly accurate it is. Advice?
The thing is, coming back to historical costuming, I really want to do it well, and accurately, as well as I can. So I am in need of all kinds of really good sources and lots of wise advice.
Also, recommendations for a good Regency era corset/stays pattern?
Thank you all for listening to my ramblings. Wishing you all the best this week!