Since I started my blog in early 2013, I have spent much time learning to sew garments that I have never sewn much before - namely trousers/pants and knit garment.
It's been quite a journey. But I feel I now have some idea of the basics, and so I will now try and improve on these:)
I've also added a lot to my stash. Which means, fellow stashbusters, that I'll have more stash to bust. And I've decided I actually like stashing, especially after seeing a book about YSL - he was surrounded by stash. So really, I think you need a large stash in order to facilitate creativity. Never can I find the right fabric when I am looking for it, but with a decent stash, and a copy of Vogue Collections, I can start seeing how to use stash to create stylish clothes. That will be my next goal.
I'm also suppose to be on a RTW fast. Well, that is quite easy, as nothing much fits me in RTW in any case. But I did buy two garments: A Blazer (from www.ezibuy.com )
It is not interlined through the front sections, and the roll line is not adequate. I doubt there is much in the way of interfacing in the collar and lapel. The fit is not good, the sleeves too long (and not worth the hassle of taking up). But it will be fine for a toss on, who cares, take the treatment jacket. Sometimes it is worth buying something that is quite cheap and functional if it is to be quite roughly treated!
Still, it goes to prove the point of the last two posts - sewing your own means you can make a quality garment that would be quite expensive to buy.
Now, so far I have only made things in this blog that have been outside my repertoire. In order to learn. I have not yet sewn a jacket for the blog. Jackets I can sew - very well. I enjoy making them, but I don't really have the right sort of life to wear many. I need to think about what sort of casual jackets I can make, so I can get back into jacket making. And I need to make jackets that will take the wear and tear - not the sort that I would be scared to wear (and that has happened with a jacket I made many years ago - I never wore it for fear of ruining it!!).
I also purchased a pair of stretch cotton sateen pants. These were reduced to $35.00, down from $165.00. They are an Australian brand (Meredith ). This is a nice label, quite good quality. Again, comparing the cost of sewing with quality RTW, sewing is cheaper.
These are 7/8 pants. As you can see, they are cut for a bottom and thighs. I don't have much of a bottom, and very slim thighs, so these are a little baggy for me. That is normal with any RTW as far as fitting my shape is concerned.
They do fit around the middle, and the rise is just right. Which is why I bought these. I can study the waistband, rise and crotch shaping. So these have been purchased with a sewing purpose - although of course I will wear them to places where fit does not matter (like the supermarket).
I also found it interesting to look inside the garment as it is made locally - and the machinists probably do not have such large production runs with specialisation in only part of the garment. I get annoyed with my slightly wobbly waistbands finishes sometimes, but look:
I sometimes think my overlocking technique is not as good as it could be, but again, I find that the loops sometimes are a bit past the edge of the seam in these too:
So these trousers taught me to appreciate my efforts in learning and sewing :).
*****Easter has been a very quiet time for me - I was not well yesterday, and today just pottered around sorting out the wardrobe. I do this twice a year. I have everything I need, except nighties. I have old nighties, sort of shabby chic style, without the chic. I'm trying to work up the oomph to sew them. I'm getting a little tired of utilitarian sewing, and want to move on to more interesting things. Maybe some dye would solve the problem.
I also fixed a jacket that has not been worn - I've had it for years. I won't wear it because I didn't like the buttons - they did not suit my cool colouring at all and just looked cheap and nasty on me:
So, a strip of black faux snakeskin and some self cover buttons were purchased - and today I covered and changed the buttons:
A nice relaxing job, with a great result:
That now looks great:
(Oh, and the buttons will go to the Op Shop (thrift shop).
I'm very glad I changed them - I don't even like them like this :)
*****I also made a simple infinity scarf in a scrap of pink knit I had in the knit fabric scrap basket:
I must make more pink things! The colour suits me. I'll need to add to the stash...
Me Made May 14 starts soon. I am still making up my mind whether to go into it or not. I do have lots of clothes now, so it might be an opportunity to actually style them a bit and take new improved photographs of them all. I don't know that I could do every day though. I'll let you know soon.
Who else is doing Me Made May 14? I know Lisa is. It would be nice to know how many of my blogging friends are entering - we can all support each other.