Hello friends! How are things with you? Did you see Lu's gorgeous skulls? They are so cute, and now I notice lots of people spray painting all over social media, I'm sure they are copying her!!
Do you remember about 6 months ago I said I was going to sew my own clothes for a year? I haven't said much about it since, did you think I had forgotten? Or gotten bored? Well, neither!! I have been quietly sewing away, and now I'm finally going to show you some of what I've been up to.
To be honest, lovelies, my clothing collection was in a terrible state. Did I tell you I hate shopping? (!!) Consequently I don't think I have been for ages. The last time I shopped, I needed t-shirts, so I whizzed into Uniqlo, tried one on for size, grabbed 3 or 4 in that size, different colours, and ran out again.
My existing clothes are in pretty poor shape. As I'm sure is the case for many of us, I prioritise my children, they always have relatively new clothes to wear. Me, not so much. So part of the drive for this scheme is definitely to restock. And I want to be much more intentional about it this time round.
One thing I love about being older (I am 48), is that I am much more comfortable doing my own thing as opposed to everyone else's. So I decided to really think this through, based on what I like. My first step was to figure out what I like to wear day to day. After some thought, I have decided to look at my wardrobe in terms of smart vs casual and hot weather vs cold weather, with some things in the middle.
I thought hard about colours and what I like to wear. I like my clothes unfussy. I'd rather not have pockets, unless they are decorative, and as few zips/buttons as possible. I am definitely a capsule wardrobe person, and would like things I can mix and match. If I can pull things over my head, so much the better.....
My very first attempt was from a pattern, Christine Haynes Departure shift. I bought the PDF, printed out all 20 or so sheets, painstakingly sellotaped them together, cut my fabric in size 14, sewed it and........ it was far too big. I took a big chunk out of the front but that messed up the neckline...... I was set to give up completely.
But as I've told you before I happened upon Cal Patch and her patterndrafting classes on Creativebug, and it made complete sense to me. I stocked up on paper, new rulers and got drafting.
I have learned a few hard lessons along the way. Number one: always always sew a 'muslin' or a version in cheap fabric. I didn't do this first time round, I ruined a piece of fabric, and there was no fixing it. Now I always do this, once you have made adjustments, you can use the final pattern over and over, and it is so worth it!
So far I have made dresses, tunics, trousers, pyjama bottoms and leggings.
Let me show you........
Next I decided to copy a gathered top that Cal Patch has in her book. You draft your basic top and then 'slash and spread' the neckline of the pattern so you can gather it. I loved the loose but shaped fit of this so I made various tops...
I spent a good while experimenting with trousers...... pj bottoms from an old pair, inspired by Jacquie Bunny Mummy's post and drafting my own pattern........
Emboldened, I decided to try again with a bought pattern, now I was more familiar with my own measurements. I dug this one out.......
Now it was time to tackle knits. My parents bought me an overlocker for my birthday last year, and I had been too scared to get it out...... but the time had come.
I tried Tilly's Coco, which again had to be adjusted......and then drafted my own pattern.
So there we go! I still have piles and piles of fabric to sew, and my head is full of plans and dreams, but I am loving this process sooooo much.......I'm just sad it took till I was nearly 50 to discover it.
I'll do another update in a few months, but it's full steam ahead!
Take care, lovelies and have a fab weekend.....