The recent storms in Sydney dumped an unprecedented amount of rain and left more than 200,000 homes without power, reason enough to instigate yet another wardrobe purge. When I arrived home Monday morning to find a strip of our bedroom wallpaper had slid to the floor from its position on the wall, I knew it was wet, damned wet! On opening the wardrobe 1 out of my approx. 5 leather belts was mouldy. If anyone knows why 1 belt rather than the whole lot goes mouldy, I’m listening?
I was Inspired by Kate’s Kondo posts and Ada Spragg has been reading Kondo too. Its been bothering me for some time that I hate everything in my wardrobe. The ‘handcrafted’ are a huge part of that. When you spend 3 weeks couturing a jacket only to find that its unwearable due to 80s shoulders and top stitching that elicited quite strong opinions from more than a couple of critics (who knew topstitching on cashmere coating could inspire such wrath?), when my wardrobe reflects ‘working 9-5’ me rather than stay at home, gardening, writing, sewing me – its time to cast off those shackles.
My wardrobe is now much less full and I don’t miss seeing the ‘3 week jacket’ or the ‘school marm dress’ or any of the things I never wore anyway. I still have challenging items I must make myself wear, but less of them. In all honesty, I probably won’t wear them and will toss them to charity next purge.
You lot out there are contributors to this villainous plot (see how I am not taking responsibility?!). You post images of delightful summer dresses when I’m getting into cosy and comfy. You release new patterns diverting me from MY PLAN, enticing me with the new and shiny when what I need to be sewing is basic and boring. I just have so little tolerance for boredom. Moreover, I’m lacking self discipline, constantly drawn to the sparkly, shiny and new. Its a tussle between the practically necessary and the necessarily impractical.
The issues are:
Sewing the practical wardrobe staple vs. sewing whatever is gong to teach me a new technique
Sewing what I’ve learned in patternmaking classes vs. sewing what I need in my life right now
Sewing the basic and boring vs. sewing the swoon worthy and exciting
Sewing from what I have tested and know fits me vs. sewing that new collection from Papercut Patterns (and I can justify this because its a NZ Co. I love to support the local product).
Sewing from THE PLANNED LIST ( I do have a list, its 2 pages long and now reflects summer rather than winter) vs. sewing inspired by our northern hemisphere friends who are in the opposite season and posting such lovely things.
Sewing garments that are spectacles in their own right, that will have people asking “where did you get that?” vs. sewing the stuff that goes unnoticed. Negative feedback loop = poor motivation to continue.
Sewing ALL my clothes vs. buying basics and sewing the attention seekers
I’m really at odds with myself over this. Over the past 3 years I haven’t worked. I started to sew with the intention of sewing ALL my clothes, I’ve noticed a creeping resentment brought on by this self imposed deprivation. Perhaps I need to admit I must shop for some things or maybe I can really do with less? Bottoms are easy for me to buy, but they’re also easy for me to make. Tops are hard to buy because boobs, but similarly they are hard to make because fit is so crucial. I posted some time ago that I intended to make 3 tops for every bottom, so far naddah!
So I’m off to the dungeon to whip up not 1 but 2 pairs of culottes that have been in my ‘to do’ pile for eons. Yesterday I stalked a girl around the cheese section of Coles just to compliment her on her absolutely gorgeous culottes. I thought I spied other voyeurs admiring them too, but it may have been my stalking that had them worried.
No one will ever compliment me on a white T shirt – ever. Maybe thats the real reason I don’t sew the boring staples, can I live with that?
Me Made May 2015 could possibly be the undoing of me. Am I expecting too much? I have failed monumentally to live up to my pledge so far. The pledge was to wear at least 1 thing ‘Me Made’ each day. That would have been possible in summer but not now its winter.
This dress went unblogged – whoops! Its another rendition of that much tampered with Burda 7136
shirt seen here, and 2 versions here. I love the topstitching, the buttons are gorgeous, but the Kauffman tencel is so weak. I’m sure you’ll agree there is plenty of room in the back of this shirtdress.
The fabric is tearing down the CB seam. Anita McAdam, (my patternmaking teacher) told me that tensile strength is something designers spend a lot of time discussing. She said that if the tensile strength is insufficient, once that seam starts going, there’s nothing can be done. Good grief there are a lot of potholes in this sewing lark! Honestly, this fabric seems to be as strong as anything I would make a shirtdress from. What more could I do? Not buy Kauffman?
In other news
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