Hi. I’m Jeska, and I’m a writer and seamstress living in Chicago.
I’ve been sewing for over a decade, when my grandmother gave me a machine for my thirteenth birthday. Since no one in my family knew how to use a sewing machine, I taught myself by fiddling around (and making a lot of very ugly garments) until I got the hang of it. I’ve still never taken a sewing class, but I love the Internet and books for teaching me skills as I need them.
I never set out to write a sewing blog. Goldfox began as a journal to document my DIY activities, but a few months after starting the blog I rediscovered sewing. Now Goldfox is a blog where I post refashions, pattern reviews, and musings on the fascinating world of garment construction.
Refashions are another form of eco-fashion. Think about the last time you were in a thrift store, or were given a piece of clothing that didn’t quite suit your style. Think of the times you bought something and something was subtly wrong with the fit, or it looked great with the exception of some minor details. With concerns over the economic and humanitarian costs of fast fashion, breathing new life into clothing that goes unworn seems like a logical step towards minimizing its spread.
What I love about altering and making clothing is that it opens up a world of possibilities into defining your wardrobe. Season after season I watch the runway shows of brands like Ann Demeulemeester, Alexander McQueen, and Yohji Yamamoto and wish that I could take home a thousand-dollar dress off the rack. Sewing allows us to mimic our influences and control the design and fit of our clothes and curate our aesthetic.