Ah me, the pressure, THE PRESSURE!! I’m sure I don’t have to- and it would be most immodest for me to mention, that I am receiving my proper due from the masses this week- I am one of the elite 900 runnerS up on the Best Bloggers of 2015. I will try to maintain my modest nature and not brag about the huge endorsement deals I am receiving constantly! Why, just yesterday, I was behind the grocery store and I was digging for dented and expired cans of peaches and the stock boy who was smoking nearby said, ‘Do you like that? Take it’.
See? the perks just keep rolling in!!
It’s becoming hard to leave the house without a throng of well-worshippers clamouring for my attention. Mostly at traffic lights when I am busy struggling with my cookie bag and people insist on driving around me honking and waving. Can’t I get any privacy? Does my public own me????
So with the whole world watching- what to sew? More importantly, what to BLOG??? I have no idea what category I was most celebrated in- I assume it dealt with my naturally red hair, amazing style and ability to properly interpret the instructions on the same tunic I make over and over again. Well, I’m going to wing it and assume that you are here for the same thing you always show up for. A cautionary tale about sewing without a plan!!
Because of my constant need to adopt statement piece fabric- I end up with a lot of lonely garments. A skirt that matches nothing but a black tee and a cardigan (crazy art teacher chic) and I feel like I’m copping out.
I hate sewing a gorgeous gaudy rag and realizing it only matches black pants. Ugh. I hate wardrobe staples. I know that’s stupid, but when I whip out the black pants, I feel like I’m compromising my tacky vision. Oh, the torment of a closet full of butterflies that aren’t getting to properly spread their wings. Are you holding your breath? Are you waiting for me to acknowledge that sewing without a plan is stupid and leads to a closet of regret? Take a breath. I can’t do it. I’m still true to my crazy inner child. I decided instead to host a dating service for all my separates. Yes. You hear me. I brought all my lonelyheart skirts into the sewing area, hung them on the design rod and started playing matchmaker in my textile hoarding closet. I started out with this Vogue 1092 from 2013.
That top neckline was annoying, so I don’t wear the skirt so much. A shame- it is really a nice shape and I’m proud of how it came together. But all is not lost! There is someone for everyone! I’m not sure whose Mom said that first, but it’s always true.
Cue the violins- Its time for a love connection! Mccalls 6991- She’s a smart sophisticated gal who likes late dinners, meetings and the restless poetry of Gordon Lightfoot! Sometimes you just know when you put the right couple together- you know? I used a very sheer chiffon and I hate the muddy look of a facing behind it, so I finished the neckline in bias tape. I also have 70’s flashbacks of Mackenzie Phillips when I see tab roll up sleeves- I kept them long and did a little baby hem.
I’m not totally sold on my decorative button- it will do until the right one comes along tho. I may just brooch up.
Call the minister? Is this the perfect couple? No! I see a dark horse candidate! This Vogue is still deciding! Date #1 is fine, but not appealing to her more playful side.
Enter Date #2- a stretchy somethin’ meets the same chiffon to make a summer Style Arc Rosie. Her turn ons include movies, trips to the flea market and Jane Austen. Well, Vogue- which blouse will it be? To me this seems like the 2nd choice. It feels too boxy and flopsy and not so flattering. It looks like it’s died on my torso. It will probably get worn with jeans and a statement pair of turquoise ballet flats. Sorry, Rosie. I’m not more enthused about you than last time. My last one was a hair too tight, so I made a few width adjustments. The other fit, but just felt like it was a bit too friendly with my back fat. I like a hover feeling from my clothes, you knows? This is too hovery. Skipping the back seam gave me additional ease, but left we wanting to shape it more. I don’t think it matches the envelope picture much at all.
See what I mean? I think it’s boxier and less lengthening, you know what I’m getting at? I used a bias edging again, to give it some structure- the crinkly crepe was pretty unstable. See- these dating shows always have to feature one unstable contestant to keep it interesting! I do love that lineny skirt, but maybe it’s wrinklesomeness may also be adding to its lack of outside the closet time! We shall see!
Tune in next time to see a untamable wrap skirt meet her dream date and perhaps have a textile menage a trois with a cardigan with a devilish gleam in its eye!
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