I have never been interested in clothes or fashion (aside from a brief obsession with a Lady Di paper doll dressing kit – but that was when she was still Lady Di and still frumpy :-)). For me clothes shopping is a pleasure equal to – oh, I dunno – a visit to the dentist, say. So, having signed up to the Love What You Wear Project, and committed to learning to make my own clothes, I am struggling on more than one level. Firstly, there is the technical stuff – how to cut, sew & fit the damned things. But also, with being able to choose exactly what to make in terms of patterns, fabric & style, comes the question
“What on Earth do I want to wear?!”
It’s shameful that I have reached the age of 37 (see pitiful note below) without really having any idea of what I like to wear or what suits me. Which is where you come in, dear reader. I give you, as evidence, my latest dressmaking attempt. Please bear in mind that this is a toile – ie I have no intention of wearing this dress-made-from-a-sheet in public (especially since standing in front of the window reveals that it is somewhat see-through) but have made it to see if the pattern fits. As you can see, it’s not hemmed and I haven’t sewn in the zip, but I think you can get the idea.
Made in a nicer fabric, does this have the potential to be a pretty summer dress? Or is this shape just not right for my uncurvy figure? Do my clothes need to have more shaping in order to give me more shape? I just don’t know.
I did experiment with the cord from my husband’s dressing gown (classy, huh?) to ascertain whether something with a bit more of a defined waist might be better. Waddya reckon?
What I want really is a summer dress that is comfortable to wear & suits me & isn’t tooooo difficult to sew. Pattern suggestions on a postcard please.
And now to the pitiful note: having eschewed Facebook (see this post) I discovered one big disadvantage when I celebrated my birthday this week. No warm and fuzzy feelings resulting from a flurry of happy birthday messages in my inbox :-(. Feel free to replicate the warm and fuzzy feelings by leaving me some belated birthday messages below 🙂