I love the idea of pattern making – that you can use paper as the basis to create a garment that fits you perfectly. What I hate is the actual pattern making itself. Hate. It. I’m decent with numbers and have a high attention to detail, so I’m actually pretty good at pattern making. But for some reason it kills my soul a little bit every time I do it. Sort of like how I love and appreciate a well-organized Excel spreadsheet, but don’t like actually creating it. In school pattern making was fine because I was learning so much and it seemed like such an exciting skill to know, which of course it is, but then when I tried to use my knowledge to make and sell things after school I got burned out real fast.
A few years ago I was really into buying inexpensive or even second-hand shoes and using leather dye to spruce them up. It’s such an easy way to give a new life to a pair of shoes.