Thursday, January 10, 2013

A little retrospective

All the sewing recaps that I've seen in blogland have made me think a little bit about my sewing (and blogging.)  My blogging has really dropped off in the last year or two, as has my sewing.  I don't feel that same desperate, "I need this right now" that I used to feel when I first started sewing. I don't have a lot of clothes, but am pretty happy with what I have.  I am OK with a project taking a few weeks, and (shockingly) have picked up a bit of a muslin habit.  Almost everything I've sewn, I've worn regularly.  I've worn this pair of wool doubleknit pants to death.  I mean, it would be obscene if I didn't wear black underwear when I wear these pants.  That's what I mean when I've Worn Them To Death.
Black skinnies in doubleknit wool.  They go with everything.
There are several things I've sewn that I have never worn or only worn once or twice.  Some have not made it to this blog (and I want to get better at recording what I sew, but time is always escaping me!)  I think that sewing is now more about the process, and I've really slowed down for quality rather than rushing through.

I really enjoyed making this Vivienne Westwood inspired vest, but never wore it aside from the blog post.  I have, however, worn the jeans in the photo so much that I didn't realize that they had once been so dark.  It may be time to make a new pair!
Not sure why I am making this face.  I really like this top and wish I could find a reason to wear it!

On the flip side, I hated sewing this and I hate wearing it.  Why did it have to photograph so well?  It looks great, but is so uncomfortable to wear because there is no stretch and I cut it slightly off grain.  So it doesn't move at all with you, and kind of twists around you as you're wearing it.  Double negative, as far as I'm concerned.  After one wear, the seams are ripping the fabric apart and I just admire it hanging in my closet.  I can't tell whether I admire the fabric, my stubborn will to finish such a fussy project, or the want for this to have worked out.

These top tops may have been flops for me.  But while I've learned that it's fun to sew unique items, I get the most wear out of serial projects.  Over the last year I've finessed my button down shirt pattern until it fits just as I want it to, and am on the lookout for a new pant pattern that will work.  While I thought that the skinnies (see the black pair above) would be my forever go-to, I've learned that it requires a very stretchy fabric to work.   I made this pair of turquoise pants from the same pattern and only wore them a handful of times because the fabric was too unforgiving to wear in such a narrow cut.

Right now I am working on another pair of black doubleknit pants (this pair is bootcut, but I am thinking to make another skinny pair before my favorites completely die), and after that will be a robe (by request) for Lee.  I'm not sure what else is on my docket for the year, sewingwise.  I probably need to sew some new basics, but who really wants to do that?  I bought a lot of dress weight cottons last summer, with the idea of making lots of sundresses (I think you know how that worked ou!) so maybe I will get on it this year...


  1. Love the skinnies and that Vivienne Westwood top. Coo-ell.

  2. Your black wool, double knit skinnies are awesome! I am not surprised that you wear them to death. So you have a pant TNT pattern for stretchy fabrics, but you still need something for plain wovens...the quest continues.
    I've figured out that I am just too time poor to sew all the stuff that I would like to, so I might as well sew whatever I enjoy, because I will end up buying some RTW in any case.

  3. Sometimes it's easier to get the goals accomplished if you don't officially make them. Or at least that's how it works for me. ;-)

    I must've missed that Vivienne Westwood vest, but I love it! Sorry you've never really worn it though. Maybe the occasion will come up this year?

    1. Thanks CGC! If the occasion doesn't come up, perhaps I should invent one. :)

  4. Wow, love the skinnies, you did a great on the fit , no wonder they were your staples. I have some stuff I made that didn't make it to my blog as well sometimes life just get in the way.

  5. You seem to be very good at sewing pants! I have only tried once and they were a bit funny. I love your black and blue pair. The Vivienne top is really cool again hopefully you will get some time this year to wear it. Very clever!!

  6. I remember that Vivienne Westwood top and love it so much, so its such a shame it doesn't get worn. It makes so much more sense, though, to know what you like and make sure your efforts get enjoyed with lots of wear.

  7. Those skinnies are brilliant - super, super fit!

  8. Those skinnies are superb, I can see why you've loved them so much! The fit is spot on and they accentuate your lovely figure. I tend to sew stuff I'm passionate about, in fabrics that I love. That approach pretty much guarantees that I will wear it a lot when it's finished. :)

  9. Ok. I'm going to have to make these. They will not look nearly as awesome on me. But, I have (creeper) been thinking about these since you posted them last week!

  10. Those pants really do look great on you. Dang, girl!

    I get sad when I think about the things I never wear, too. I need to just purge them from my closet.