|yes...and as Fancy Nancy would say,|
"When in doubt, always overdress"
Besides the sheer joy of the process of creating (hopefully) flattering, well made garments from patterns and fabrics, there is a practical side of this thing: I'm not thrilled with what is in the stores for my age. Surely it's possible to be current and comfortable without being swathed in clingy-or-shapeless, poorly made garments made mostly of polyester. --and no, I don't shop at Wal-Mart.
I do not want to duplicate what is in Target, Penney's or Express--where I do shop for everyday stuff. (Express actually has great jeans and pants--their stuff is well made with great inside detailing--and it lasts.) I am so enjoying the lovely dresses out there--but I do not want my 55-year-old knees and thighs exposed! Nor do I want to look like the Queen Mum.
So, this renewed passion has led me down some interesting roads. Sort of like "If You Give a Moose a Muffin" story that Nikki reminded me of the other day.
I have been so encouraged--and entertained!--by the whole world of sewing blogs and podcasts.
A few of my favorite blogs:
- Nikki's (of course) http://nikki-fancythat.blogspot.com/
- Sewing on the Edge (my age-ish andfunny!) http://sewingontheedge.blogspot.com/
- A Little Sewing (ditto above) http://alittlesewing.blogspot.com/
- and Amanda's Sewing Adventures (a young perfectionist) http://amandasadventuresinsewing.blogspot.com/
Two sewing podcasts I've found:
- Sew Forth Now and
- Green Stitch (from which I learned about a great opportunity to help make birthing mats for a medical mission in Uganda--more later).
looking into some online courses on the Craftsy website http://www.craftsy.com/ I'm seriously thinking about a coutre dress class with no deadline :)
a Threads magazine subscription
Joining the American Sewing Guild's local group--I'm pretty much the youngest member, though not the only Christian!--and what a hoot! I learn and laugh lots. At yesterday's meeting I learned about a Somalian Women's Center begging for sewing teachers and unused supplies/fabric. I'm very interested.
some new books to learn to fit my ahem, mature body, new techniques, and general tips:
AND...I've even done some sewing, too!
|My 1st ever self-pic using the timer and my cute little tripod!|
This is a Plan D vest--but I really like it! It's a kimono print on a Georgette-type fabric from a Denver Fabric table. I didn't have enough for the sleeves I'd planned and didn't like it sleeveless, so added self-lined cap sleeves. Perfect. A pleasure to wear.
This is a tunic-length vest from a light cotton. In natural light the lace motif is much more subtle. The double front lapel was a bit of a puzzle and I ended up adding interfacing to the bottom layer for the button holes, etc. Jury's still out on this one.
A birthday dress for Natalie in this Hobby Lobby cotton with a chocolate brown under skirt. Really pretty on her with her coloring.
A Woody vest for the little man. All that's lacking is the star. Must get one :)
and to make my world better one stitch at a time
(hmm....I suppose mending/repairing would fall in there, too...)