Hello! I’m Kara of Commercially Alternative. I’m a married, 20-something, Mechanical Engineer who loves to sew. Back when I was in college, I decided to take a basic sewing course at a local community college for fun. My friends at the time were big into costuming, and I wanted to join in on their sewing get-togethers. I had no idea how much I would enjoy it!
I made this blog a few years later when I was interested in Lolita. My goal was to create a place for new Lolitas to go who couldn’t fit in or afford Lolita brand garments, like myself. I hoped to create tutorials on how to alter commercial patterns from brands like Simplicity and Butterick to fit the correct Lolita aesthetic. Eventually, school and life got in the way and I took an unexpected hiatus with regard to my sewing education.
Now I have a few more sewing classes under my belt and plan to take more! I hope to continue to find time to sew and build my experience. While I have grown away from Lolita and won’t be blogging with my original purpose, I still have a soft spot for those poofy dresses.
My dream is to design my own patterns, whether for myself or for a big pattern company. However, the practicality of this goal is questionable with work and life, but it won't stop me from continuing my education and pursuit. One of my favorite parts of sewing is the math and drafting involved when I alter a pattern.
My belief makes up a huge part of who I am.
I’m a Christian. I would consider myself non-denominational, but I feel most at home in Baptist or Bible churches. I look for churches with sound theology that aligns with my own and hold the Bible as the inspired Word of God, without error in the original writing, and is supreme and final in authority. I have accepted Jesus as my Lord and Savior, who died on the cross and rose from the dead three days later, proving His Deity and that sin was paid for once and for all. He is now seated at the right hand of God the Father and I anxiously wait for the day He will come again!
I love sharing my faith and hearing from others as well! I enjoy good-natured religious debates, although I wish I expressed myself better. I feel true beliefs can stand questioning. There is so much I don’t know and I enjoy discovering what subjects I lack knowledge and need to study further.