This short sleeved sweat was designed around a cast off broken bracelet. I pulled it apart and couched it around the necline and sleeve hems – the black faceted beads look like rhinestones at night. Parallel to the beading is a chain stitch using topstitching thread – watcha think?
We’re all moved into our little piece of paradise. That is, until we move house, demolish, rebuild and move back! Lotsa moving on the horizon!
This is our daily commute, I take my husband to the mainland in our boat so he can jump in his car and drive to work in the big smoke Last night we had huge storms, I love the spookily lit sky… “look out, the heavens will open – you were warned”. Sunshine is all well and good, but give me a storm any day, they have real personality!
Back to our usual programme wherein I belly button gaze some more, oh and I unpacked the sewing room… I’ll taunt you with some makes!
I cannot tell you how stimulating and thought provoking I found Andrea Eastin’s free course – Create a Self Sewn Wardrobe. That was a link to Andrea’s blog, the enrolment form is at the top of each of her posts. Every morning, while we waited to pack up our house (there was a lot of waiting) I opened my ‘inbox’ to find another email from Andrea, then I’d think about the things in her email all day while I sorted and packed, then the next day – as they say – ‘rinse and repeat’! Okay, so some ideas that really got to me (paraphrased).
- if you’re going to the trouble of sewing your own wardrobe then you are your own designer – “oh no”, I thought, I have no design training, does that mean I will look like Betty Butterick for the rest of my life? After spending so much time making your own wardrobe, you owe it to yourself to make sure the stuff you make is the stuff you like to wear. I know everyone sports their ‘me madest in May’, but is what you’re wearing what you really loooong to wear? I wouldn’t wear crap RTW, so stuff I make had better be bloody great, not just good.
- Stuff you make should combine with other stuff you have made/bought to create a plausible collection. Andrea supplied some ‘worksheets’ to lead us through a process to really nail down my individual style. Thats a very tricky thing to do in real life – don’t you agree? Do you, like me, often dumb down your sewing choices to make them ‘easier/quicker’ to sew? A major stumbling block for me, because I draft a lot of what I sew. Perhaps I should embrace the ‘pattern companies’ so that ‘stuff’ gets into my wardrobe while I still have calcium in my bones
- And it has to go with the other stuff – don’t forget that! Clearly I’m not making things that go with other things – I am failing to design a collection, instead creating wardrobe orphans. I know we’ve all heard this stuff before, but Andrea’s process led me down a path… I practically smacked myself about the head yelling “no more orphans, okay?”. Just this morning I’m trying to decide on the next ‘designed by me’ piece to make and am sorely tempted to wander down a path that probably doesn’t fit in my ‘collection’. Don’t they say you have to exercise the self control muscle to make it stronger? But the black hole of “crikey thats so pretty…” is drawing me in…
- Pinterest boards are all very well, but until those ‘pins’ are printed or if you’re old school – ripped out of magazines, they have no longevity, they get lost. There’s too much stimulus. The pictures/ideas need to be tangible – wow, that was a game changer. After printing my favourite styles, allocating adjectives to describe their essence – a theme emerged, and then it was possible to edit for my real life.
- Sometimes you have to go offline! I am so distractible, but have you ever noticed how some folks make lots and lots of newly released patterns? How/why do they do that? This might be one time I can enjoy not being an early adopter!
The free course was really great I thought, lots to think about and plan. I’ve never been a planner, this is going to change, look…
I’m wearing this ensemble to dinner tonight, must let you know how it felt … till next time x