I started knitting back in 2004, seriously in 2009, then picked up spinning in 2010, quilting in 2012 and sewing garments just about 4 months ago. Yup, I definitely have crafting ADD. My fabric stash is super, super tiny compared to everyone else's here. Lest you worry that I am not a stasher, here is my yarn/fiber stash.
I sewed a whole lot during MMM '13, so my summer wardrobe is actually pretty rockin right now.
So, why am I here with such a wee stash? I asked Sarah if I could join you to knock around ideas for a capsule wardrobe. I will mostly be buying along the way given my current stash situation. I hope you don't mind, but I am really picking your brains for information, camaraderie and as a virtual sewing circle of kinds.
Since the summer sewing is nearly done (I reserve the right to completely ignore that statement at any point), I am planning a fall/winter capsule. This is where I am beginning.
1.Stretchy charcoal gray fabric for skirt or pants (don't know what or which pattern)
2. That beautiful red silk will become a skirt (maybe something like Gertie's pintuck skirt, but not high-waisted)
3. The red/black houndstooth wool and red lining fabric next to it will become a jacket. I have one pattern that is a contender out of the latest Burda Style, but would make long arms and not 3/4 length. I also do love the non-peplum rullfe version of Sewaholic Cordova jacket
4. The black demin would ideally become jeans, once I figure out pant fitting.
Fabric not yet acquired for:
1. Robson coat
2. A dirndl to wear to Oktoberfest my last year near Bavaria.... I am hoping to make it wearable without the apron, maybe something like this?
3. An updated version of the little black dress. This should do it....
4. Plenty of blouses and shirts to go with it all
5. Something in a coordinating knit (cardi, probably).
I sew because I want things to fit. I am getting better at it, but I am still unsure of some modifications. Part of the problem is that I can't seem to figure out my body type. I am only 5'2" (157 cm), but not petite. Petite clothing creeps up my crack and makes me cranky. I'm short-waisted, don't have much of a waist, have plenty of boobs, but not outrageously so. My hips are the same measure as my bust. So, I sometimes think I'm an apple, sometimes a rectangle and sometimes and inverted triangle. In any case, my fitting issues are ever-present and real. Because of my height I also try to avoid lots of flouncy, ruffly, layered stuff, and if I attempt to wear stuff that's high-waisted I look like a boob with skirt/pants. LOL. Glad I can laugh at myself. Let's just say, the typical pear-shaped patterns on the market are not kind to me.
Can't wait to get started. This month I've already got a simple skirt/blouse nearly done, and the pant-fitting adventure now begins. Thank you, Sarah for having this inspiring idea!