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Belle Douglas

Name: Belle Douglass

College: Martel ‘16
Major: Psychology
What's your favorite clothing item: I love dresses, but I think my true obsession is with shoes. I own over 30 pairs.

Making my own clothes: I first learned to sew at age 10 when my grandmother taught me to make clothes for my dolls. We cut patterns out of newspaper, and I sewed the clothes by hand. I now have a sewing machine (it used to belong to my great-grandmother) and cut patterns out of pattern paper, but I still love making clothes. I have a very loose process when it comes to designing things: sometimes I have a shape in my head that I really want to try out, and other times I just fall in love with a fabric and spend hours trying to figure out what it should be. There is a very steep learning curve when it comes to making your own clothes; the first time I tried to go off pattern I ended up with a skirt about two sizes too small! That being said, it is an extremely valuable skill because now when I go shopping, if I …