Why don’t you give it a try too?
Today I’m sporting:
- My Winter Wear Designs Cross Hem ¾ length sleeved top, which I used scraps for the smaller underlay from a beautiful velvet skirt I had no chance of ever fitting into again.
|To the left - look at that fabric cross! And my first V neck - perfection!|
- My Rebecca Page Circle Cardie – These are another office Staple that I can’t stop wearing. The flow, the speed to sew up, and the options. I find it also doesn’t use heaps of fabric. There are even kids & doll sizes to up the extra cuteness factor!
|Secret photo taken at work between people passing my pod.|
Why sew my wardrobe?
My measurements are out of whack. No amount of Squats, lunges, or cycling will get rid of this booty, and after a frustrating experience looking for leggings in January 2017, my dabbling into sewing became my passion. Well as much as my wallet can afford fabric – never enough fabric to create most patterns with just one metre, so I’ve developed the knack of colour blocking and making 1 metre of fabric last through 2-3 garments (and then some!).
So I’ve become an expert in grading, measuring myself monthly to ensure proper fit. I rarely make a muslin (or test) garment, trusting in the testing experience that helped bring the pattern into reality by the ever talented pattern makers I have grown to admire.
There are pattern makers I love (you KNOW who you are!), ones I’d give my favourite fabric to just to test with them, and a few who left a sour taste in my mouth and I sadly won’t be able to create their garments any longer.
I’ve met cyber-friends across the Globe who share my passion, and put up with my silliness during pattern testing. We all have stressful lives in some way, so I add a silly dance and groove it up for most of my tests (at least once) – once I know my pattern makers are a bit weird (in a good way) too!
Heck, I swear my friend, An, is my sister from another mother and father across the Ocean. Whenever we travel to Europe, I’m totally visiting her family and bringing her some Canadian fabrics to rub her face in and sew with (sorry An, it will be single metres!).
I have my go-to fabric places – Water Tower Textiles and Okee Dokee Fabrics (both Canadian) – and sometimes I can find some test fabric that isn’t totally hideous or overpriced at Fabricland, but this is rare most of the time. Even their crap fabric is priced more than what I am willing to pay. I mean, if a test pattern actually works out first try, I’d at least like the option to be able to wear my garment vs just throwing it into the scrap pile or garbage.
So back on topic – sew your wardrobe. As long as you have a workhorse machine, you can do it too. I had only sewn costumes before this adventure. Now there are few skills I haven’t tried thanks to the sewing community out there.
You can do it too!
|More secret Pod photos at work!|