sunshine, tan lines + foolishness

March 15, 2014

hffabric

c rowley muslin

1. I never believed in love at first sight until I saw this fabric. Smitten.
2. Muslin fabric practice pattern pieces for above dress (Simplicity #2250 by Cynthia Rowley) + nearly-but-not-quite-finished-yet baby romper (Simplicity #1594 by Cynthia Rowley, again).

I’m loving being 30. I didn’t quite mean to begin the post here, but hey, why not? I’ll be 31 in a few months and it feels good to not be afraid of that. It just takes a while to get comfortable in your own skin; to be honest and proud of what you personally have to offer the world. You keep getting more steady with your thoughts and opinions, and more accepting of those personal “flaws” – which seriously aren’t flaws at all. 

I bring this all up because I’ve been following Sarai’s Wardrobe Architect blog series. She opens up and encourages us seamsters to honest with our personal style and unique needs when creating our own wardrobes. What hooked me in was the mention of buying a fabric, making a garment, and realizing that it’s not really YOU at all. It’s like you just get caught up in a pattern or fabric without even really looking at if it really suits you. As a result, very few have ever been worn again after the first photo op. That’s me all day. I mean, why do I have so many unused fabrics in my stash? My ultimate goal would be to sew more and buy less. Sewing already grants you the unique opportunity to take fashion choices beyond the department store racks, so why not create an actual wardrobe that would reflect my own core style?

First personal clothing project of the year will be this dress. No more snow. No more layers. No more polar vortex. YASSSSSSSS sunshine and tan lines!

Although I hate doing practice runs for garments, I really want to get this right. I’d like to wear this out more than once this summer and next. I think the sweetness of the dress mixed with the abstract/semi-ethnic vibe of the fabric will pull together a nice bohemian-chic look.

I’ll also be making a vintage bra top with the leftover fabric (I bought 2.5 yds).



 

HA! And how do I explain this foolishness? Well, my fellow is stationed in Japan for the Navy. Sometimes I’ll send him random life video snippets just because. So here’s me in the employee parking lot at the crack of dawn enjoying my last minutes of freedom before a trip. (And looking around to see if anyone has caught me!)

Sewing Tip #2 up next! Have a great weekend friends :)

  • http://www.alluringmeraldjean.com Jeana

    Good post…. I want to be like you! That number…I still haven’t completely come around to it yet.maybe this year. You’re definitely right about choosing the right products to fit our wardrobes and sense of style. I think early on in sewing, we do this because something says “easy”, and it’s like..” I will do that one then, because my skill level isn’t quite where I can do more complex projects”. Then I think we keep doing it because as Sarai mentioned, something is on sale, we fall in love with only one aspect of it, or an impulse buy. For me, it’s usually the first one.

    It does make lots of sense though, we spend lots of time selecting a project, cutting it, marking it, sewing, ripping out, and refitting that we should get lots of wear from what we make. Not to mention, lots of times it’s better quality.

    Love your bit of foolishness for TF

    • http://www.diyraven.com raven

      Yup I’ve totally been guilty of picking out the level ‘Easy’ but-not-so-flattering styles. And how much do you really end up caring when patterns go on sale for 99 cents? Even though I say that, every outfit you’ve made yourself that I’ve seen is ON POINT. Not only do you wear them out, they always look AMAZING on you!!

      TF – lolololololol!!!!!

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