I’ve come to the end of the sewing that simply had to be done. I’ve found this year that it’s really fun to do a (sort of)SWAP, as my normal random approach doesn’t always provide me with a wardrobe that really works for me. I tagged it the SOIL approach: Sewing On Impulse = Liability!
Hmm yes. I have actually retrieved the Liberty peacock wrap top, and totally re-cut the green silk stripes…the cheese cloth looking thingy went to a charity shop, and the sea green wool from the nasty A line skirt is waiting to be revived. But oh dear.
My monthly themes through January, February and March kept me focussed, both with the sewing, and helped in deciding what to wear to work. It had an impact in that I had more of a ‘look’: I got a lot of comments [positive ones]from staff and students alike, and now they all assume that everything I wear is me-made. Turns out that most of it actually is, which is a really satisfying place to be.
April has gone a bit pear-shaped though, and so far the only thing I’ve turned out for me is the V1440 jacket. I’m not complaining though. I wore it to work yesterday, and it started an interesting conversation with some students:
Me: How do you like my new Donna Karen jacket wot I made?
Student: It’s not Donna Karen if you made it
M: Do you think that Donna Karen sits and sews all the clothes in her range?
S: Well no, but it’s different isn’t it?
M: Could be, but if she sells me the pattern, with her name prominently featured, then she’s not ashamed to have it associated with anything that gets made from it…
S: It’s just different.
What do you think oh wise ones? Can I call it my Donna Karen jacket or not?
Anyway, back to the point.
I’ve got a nice big heap of fabrics which I’ve purchased fairly recently, and I’m eager to use them. Impatient Fairy. I’ve got a load of tried and tested patterns, largely Style Arc which is my current favourite, and a few that have yet to be used.
Blues and blacks: A wavy stripe poly jersey, and a black/white digital jewel print panel, both from the Textile Centre on ebay. Blue/black stripey print from the Rag Market. All impulse buys, no thoughts yet for specific use. The panel is probably only enough for a Tshirt, probably short sleeved, the others are dress lengths.
Gorgeous slightly stretchy cotton sateen, 2 panels, each with four huge floppy red roses. Also from The Textile Centre. A very special summer skirt? Maxi dress?
Cherry red jersey, slightly wool-like texture, with a self stripe which is very faintly see-through along the stripe. Dress length. It’s not as pink as it looks in the image, [I don’t do pink], but is a lovely rich red, with just enough blue to suit me. The pierced-suede looking stuff is an impulse buy from Barry’s, enough for a skirt. The emerald green satin was salvaged from that disastrous A line skirt above, and actually looks rather good under the blue ‘suede’, lifting it a bit.
A mish mash of impulse buys from the last TSF meet up in Birmingham. The fabulous rainbow zebras are for jeans- and I want them for Pride weekend so I’d better get a move on. The fragment of gorgous metallic print, only enough for a bag or belt, and the very weird greenish black rubbery wet look stretchy stuff were very much SOIL purchases from Barry’s [it SQUEAKS ffs], and the nice textured white jersey is rather more sensible all-purpose stuff from the RM.
What do you think? Please help a dithering Fairy decide what to cut out next. (I do love cutting out, especially with my new Ernest Wright shears.)