Over this past summer, I've noticed something unfortunate about my me-made wardrobe -- I don't wear bright, printed sundresses when it's cold! This wasn't a problem when I lived in SoCal; San Diego and TCOCC are practically made for a closet full of sleeveless dresses. But San Francisco, that's another story. When 55 degrees Fahrenheit and mistily gray is the norm, I am much less likely to throw on one of my multiple sheet dresses. Instead, I gravitate towards jeans and a comfy top that adapts easily to layering. And much as I might try to tell myself that tights or leggings and cardigans and sweaters can transform a sundress into a fogdress, it's just not natural for me.
So if I'm trying to land in the Bay Area long term, it might be time to rethink the direction of my sewing. I've got a year to work on NorCal-appropriate cake before we move back up here (God willing!), aka a year to wear my sundresses as much as I can before retiring them. Which brings me to my new project for the school year: remaking and replacing my RTW clothing. I've been noticing which clothing items I reach for most often, and I am now resolved to draft patterns for them and sew up my own me-made versions. I already started when I made my not-a-Renfrew, which has had the honor of ending up in the laundry every week; I wear it all the time.
My next project is my dolman sleeve knit top:
|With Tonks in front of what used to be a movie set for Gone With the Wind in TCOCC.|
If you saw my new school year resolutions list, then you'll know that at the top of my list is to sew more practical, wearable, everyday items. That's easy to say, and it's so non-specific that I'm afraid I'll talk myself into thinking that sundresses are cake. So this is my (even more) public declaration that I'm going to systematically go through my laundry bag and see what ends up in there, and then I'm going to sew up replacements. This will stretch me, since I already know jeans, cardigans, and yoga pants end up in there regularly. Much of it I hope to be able to draw patterns for myself, but for jeans I might need to cave and actually pay more than $1.99 for a pattern, just so I can try out the ever-popular, magical Jalie 2908.
I've already drawn up a pattern for the top pictured above and sewn it not once, not twice, but THRICE...and I've worn at least one each week! Pictures and *gasp* a multi-size printable pattern coming in another post! Although to be perfectly honest, I'll let you know that I haven't tested the other sizes, but it should work in theory...
While I love the idea of a Frock Out Night, it's so nice to sew things you know you're going to wear on a regular basis because you already do. Anyone else want to join with me in this? Grab the button!