Saturday, July 1, 2017
Finally, a New Direction
New directions come in many forms, and often they are inter related. In my case, it is that my husband is changing direction with his career, and will be self employed only, instead of having a steady income from public hospital work. Of course, he is at an age and stage where he should have a lighter workload. He has built up a medical and palliative unit in a local hospital. But of course his change of course also affects me. On one hand, I am quite please about it, because we may finally have time to sort out a lot of things that need sorting out. On the other hand, will my sewing time decrease??? Because I will have to increase my practice work to make sure the income is there. In short, manage the business properly and get the accounts out. This is not Really my Thing at All. My previous lives have been 1/ Nursing. 2/ Degree in Creative Arts. 3/ Degree in Psychology. Clerical work bores me to tears, I am much more interested in the big picture and concepts. I have to play all sorts of games to get myself to do any sort of admin type of work!
So, with a change in the big picture of life, I have decided it is time to perhaps change my life a bit as well. So, I am tossing out my old study books, which was a bit strange at first, but now it feels right. I certainly do not buy the Kondo claim that you toss first and then the new will be shown to you. I am too logical for that. I have been thinking about what to do next, and now I am investigating avenues of interest. While I have not yet made up my mind (but I am working on it) , I do know that these books will not be needed again:
So, slowly I am taking books up to a quirky little second hand bookshop, which just happens to be opposite Spotlight. And the owner of said quirky shop says he will find a good home for them.
It's strange how long it can take you to decide to offload, but it starts to feel good after.
The other thing I have done is to review my sewing and style direction. I am starting to be aware that I really only need casual clothes now, but I want to look stylish at the same time. In my own way, of course. I also mostly like to wear natural fibres and comfortable styles. I have also figured out that most commercial patterns are just way too much not my shape. Indies often even more so, geared as they often are to pear shaped figures - fair enough, since many people have this type of figure. Finally it dawned on me that I should explore Japanese patterns, as Japanese ladies are petite (short) and have straight figure types. I have long tried to get hold of a publication called Mrs. Style Book, but it has been very difficult to order in Australia. But there is a wonderful lady in Japan who now carries this publication:
The magazine is written in Japanese but is very logical in layout and numbering. Most of the patterns are self drafted, but again, as numbers are universal, language is not an issue. And if you know how to construct a garment, then sewing instructions are not necessary. Anyway, to cut a long story short, I love all the outfits in this magazine. They are easy to wear, and will be flattering to my shape. And they look good. So I will be making things from this publication in due course.
For those of you who are interested in sourcing this book, the name of the shop is https://www.etsy.com/shop/pomadour24.
I have also subscribed to Vogue Collections, just to keep abreast of the trends:
Many of the fashions are far too over the top, but some are really quite wearable. And you can pick up trends such as pattern and colour, and then raid your stash for the ancient fabric that never got made years ago when it was first in...
And I really enjoy reading it. I used to subscribe to fashion mags in my youth, but real life and other priorities for spending took over.
As for sewing, I have hit my mid winter slump. Partly because it is winter, and I hate the cold, and partly because I have been making pants muslins that have not worked out well. However, I think I am now working out what some of the problems are. So, I have made a toile today of Burda 6889:
Now, this pattern is not the regular size range, but is sized for Petites. The crotch shape is a little different, and the hip curve is much flatter. Just maybe this might work:
And yes, it does! As you can see, the foundation is quite straight through the hip - just like me. I did add to the waist, because I am still straighter than a regular petite. And lo, I put it on, and it is "good enough". Which means a lot better than ordinary sizes!
So, I have found a piece of corduroy in the stash, already washed, and will be making these up as my July garment for the Make a Garment a Month Challenge - find us on Instagram, use #magamsewalong@sarahlizsewstyle.
And feel my mid winter sewing slump slightly dissipating...
Bye for now, need to go and cut these out ...