I'm glad that I've added some more things to my wardrobe but I'm still just banging out simple pieces to be worn right away ~ well all except my TNT dress.
The black 'n white print is a cotton voile tunic/dress to be worn with leggings in the middle of the three pack.
On the end the blue & white seersucker dress is Simplicity 1621 - a hi-lo hemmed dress made for the unbelievably hot 90 degree weather we're currently experiencing.
None of this is challenging to sew. It's just wardrobe building so that I don't have to wear the same thing over and over again. However, I'm learning a few things about myself, which is helping with the direction that my sewing is going to take in the fall.
1. The dress/cardigan that I use to live in had become my uniform. Part of the reason I felt so lost was because I no longer have a uniform. Yes, I made a boatload of variations of that combo, added jewelry and shoes to make each outfit individual, but it was a uniform just the same. So now I have to think about who I want to be.
2. This situation is interesting because sooner rather than later I will be retiring and would be having these challenges anyway. I guess I'm lucky because I will have the next 10-12 years to figure it all out.
3. I'm a rocker chick in disguise. Seriously. Don't laugh. All of the looks I'm really drawn to this fall have some sort of pleather, leather, suede and Doc Marten type boots connected to it. What the eff is that about? Cause I really like this look below and want to make the shirt...
...look at the shirt not the young man in it. It's kinda funky right?! Over some slim pants or jeans...wearable even for an old chick like me.
5. Since I have the ability to work from home when the weather gets lousy (and if it gets as bad as it did last year that means a quite a few more days at home) for a change, I'm not so concerned about the whole standing on the corner in the cold thing. Especially since I now leave home almost an hour later (yeah I will be out in the daylight!) and return home at a decent time (no more rolling into the house at 9pm).
6. There won't be much TNT sewing going on around here. I've managed to lose another 10 lbs though I don't think you can tell it much in my last pics. So none of my TNT patterns fit. For every pattern I use, I will be starting from scratch. Let me tell you I'm lousy at fitting so some really ratched stuff may show up here as I work through things. I need clothes not muslin after muslin to attain the perfect fit. Hopefully it won't be too much ratchiness but you just never know. I perfected the fit on my TNT patterns outside the public eye. And since we no longer live in a warm and fuzzy online sewing community, there's a chance I may disappear for a minute as I work things out.
7. I have a sewing cave full of fabrics, trims, notions, etc. and I plan on using them. There are some amazing fabrics in my collection and they need to see the light of day. Look for some unusual combinations to be put together, cause I plan to play, since I have no rules. It's just learning to step outside the box I've played in for the last decade. Learning to shed my uniform and be whoever I want to be. Gawd THIS should get interesting! *LOL*
Here are few other combinations I've recently put together...
Pictures of the garments I made last weekend will be up on the blog next week. My photographer will be here this weekend and we'll do pictures then. Can I also say something about that? I take pictures around the complex I live in. Lately we've started walking a little further past my front door because it allows the kiddies to run along behind us. So if some different locations show up, realize it's only a few minutes walk from my front door yet still in the complex I live in.
...as always more later!