Friday, March 23, 2018

Things I Have Learned

Hello everyone! Sorry it's been so long since I've blogged! Life has been a whirlwind of activity! I've been trying my best to keep my head above water and so everything superfluous took a back seat. 

Anyways, I don't want to quit blogging, even if I break the cardinal rules and don't write very frequently or consistently. I do want to write a few things that I have learned recently.

I feel like I don't learn just a ton a once and all of the sudden I'm so much more knowledgeable. Actually, who learns like that at all? I want to talk to you if you do, and learn your secrets. I learn a little bit here and a little bit there.

So, here are a few of the things that I have learned that have definitely helped me. Maybe these tips will work for you, and maybe they aren't exactly what you need. You decide!

1. Stash Less

My new challenge to myself is just to sew everything in my fabric stash or get rid of it. I heard of some people keeping only fabric for their next project and I am very inspired by this. I purged a bunch of things I just know I won't use and made a plan for everything else. I find that I'm less plagued by guilt when I see what I haven't sewn (I hate wasting money!). I feel more focused and in control. An added bonus is that I have saved money these last few months and bought tools and books I have needed instead that have really helped me! I also have a feeling that I will invest in better quality fabrics if I am purchasing just enough material for the next project in line.

Patterns are harder for me to get rid of. I hoard them! I admit it. When I get them for so little or free, I don't want to get rid of them. Every one that I have I find so beautiful and it seems like a waste to get rid of one that I might find the perfect fabric for someday! However, I have decided that I need to be more selective about what I purchase in the future. I will still probably snatch up every vintage reproduction! A lot of other things I will admire from a distance but probably say no to.

2. Make Appropriate Goals For Oneself

I see so many talented people setting up their own vlogs, Etsy shops, drafting patterns to sell, making podcasts, ect. ect. I commend them all! Good for you guys. There is a little voice in the back of my head saying, "Make sewing into a side hustle....make money with what you love!" As tempting as this is, sewing is my hobby. Maybe someday I will have the energy to turn it onto a money making machine, but right now it would turn my "escape from unpleasant reality" into more stress, which I really don't need. My heart is full, but so are my hands! 

More sewing temptations for me are competitions, sew-alongs, and challenges. I think these are excellent ways to learn new things, boost creativity, gain encouragement to finish a project, meet new people, and maybe even win a fun prize or two! However, sometimes they come at moments where I have too much going on. In the past I have killed myself trying to do everything and I just don't want to add more stress to my life right now. I am being more selective about what works for me, and that is okay! 

So if you are not sewing everything and making money doing it, don't sweat it! If you keep making mistakes, don't worry! Everyone does. I keep on getting reminded that sewing is supposed to be therapeutic and fun. A garment usually takes a couple weeks to sew, even the very best seamstresses have to redo things sometimes and take breaks! Do what is right for you and makes you feel happy.

Monday, November 13, 2017

Simplicity 1587 (1940s Dress!)

 It has been a brutal week of coughing, fevers, and insomnia, but I finally slept last night (thank you Nyquil! Burn in Hades disgusting cough syrup!). I thought I would celebrate by finally taking some pictures of my Simplicity 1587 dress.

This is the kind of sewing I wanted to do so badly when I started with this sewing thing. Twentysomething, "baby seamstress" me would be so happy to see this dress!

 I completely adore this floral fabric! It is a "Gertie" print from JoAnns. The color tones are so beautiful I think.

 In wartime 1940s everyone was trying to cut back on the fabrics they used for garments and so I hear they compensated by making their hair fancier and more intricate. As for my attempt at that, well, I did my best! Victory rolls did really help to make the look a bit more authentic, in my non-expert opinion.

Sewing this dress took me a few weeks, a bunch of adjustments, and some improvising (I didn't quite buy enough fabric so I had a "make it work" moment with piecing together the sleeves). I fell in love with this pattern years ago when I first spotted it and I am so glad I got the chance to sew it up now!

Friday, September 22, 2017

Audrey Hepburn "Sabrina" Dress

 I grew up on old Hollywood classics. Doris Day, Julie Andrews, and  Alfred Hitchcock were very familiar names to me! I especially adored Audrey Hepburn, so when the Gertie pattern B6353 came out I immediately fell in love! It is a copy of a dress from the movie "Sabrina" that I always loved.

 When the corresponding Gertie fabric went on sale a year ago I snatched it up! I finally sewed it up this month and I am going to be Audrey Hepburn for Halloween! My childhood dreams have come true!

 This dress is the nicest thing I have ever sewn! The lining is the best one I have ever sewn too!

 I really wanted to step up my photography by taking outside pictures! I totally got heckled by the river though!

 There is a beautiful old mansion in my area, "The Moore Mansion", that I new I wanted to get a picture at, but I wasn't sure how to do it. So I drove up to it when the owner happened to be outside, I asked if I could take a picture just outside the gate and they told me I could take a picture anywhere on the property! It was a dream come true!

I am so happy they let me take a picture here! I have admired this house for ages! It really is lovely. And I thought it was very "Sabrina" to wear this dress outside of a mansion!

What I know about the Moore Mansion was that it was supposed to be a vacation home for a wealthy, ailing woman. It was built around 1920 but the lady died before it was finished! In the 1930s it was a "speakeasy" and even Franklin Delano Roosevelt had been here! It was abandoned for many years and was a restaurant when I was a child. It caught on fire and sustained a lot of damage when I was in high school. Thankfully new owners fixed it up and now lots of people get married here! Sewing bloggers also can sometimes take pictures of their vintage dresses here as well! ;)

Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Capsule Wardrobe FINALLY completed!!!

 Hey everyone! I'm here to say I really did finish my crazy capsule wardrobe project! I decided to go ahead and document all the different combinations I could find. Supposedly there are 96 different outfits that can be made, but I only could think of 80. Let me know what I did wrong, although 80 combinations are still a lot for me! 

The following is a photo dump of all my different outfits. I acknowledge that some are better that others and my construction is not perfect. However, I learned so much and I am so excited to start wearing all these outfits every day (I was saving them for this blog post because I didn't want any of them to possibly be ruined!).

My "Winter Berry" Capsule Wardrobe:

If you made it to the end, thank you! I am so excited about all the different combinations of clothes I will get to wear everyday!
Also, I must thank the Wardrobe Architect series and the "Sew to Flatter" class on Craftsy!