Intriguing title right? Well it's nothing earth shattering. See I'm still painting the fabric and my second idea had to be shelved because the fabric wouldn't work with the pattern I had in mind.
So I've been thinking about who I want to represent to the world now that my clothing restraints have been removed. I've spent the last two weeks walking around my new job's neighborhood looking at what normal people wear to work. Because even though the restrictions are gone and I can wear anything, I am flailing a bit. It's like letting a woman out of jail who's been incarcerated for 20-30 years, there are now so many choices to make that it's a bit overwhelming. Definitely how I'm feeling lately.
If I don't wear a dress - who am I? A dress and a cardigan have been my outfit, my go to pieces for years. But that outfit doesn't fit in my new environment...so what do I do now?
This thought has been circling round and round while I've tried to redefine myself. I've finally decided to just sew some separates and incorporate them into my wardrobe. I haven't been a separates kind of woman for years like back before I started my last gig.
To that end, I went digging around in the pattern collection to see what lurked there to inspire me...and I pulled quite a few patterns...
I know I won't get most of these sewn. Some are for inspiration, some I may sew and some are to help me adjust existing TNT patterns. There are a couple of vintage patterns for maxi dresses, an older Khaliah Ali pattern and some top patterns.
I also paired two with fabric...
I've since changed my mind about this one. I want to make the dress. I just want to use a solid blue linen from the collection.
I got the idea to pair the pattern above with the black 'n white seersucker after it came out of the dryer and the sections were puckering. The dress idea I was thinking of wouldn't work with the fabric, so I went looking for this pattern instead. I think it will make a cute full knee length skirt for the hot and humid days that are ahead.
That's where I am right now...standing here trying to figure out the next chapter of my sewing life and painting fabric...still painting fabric.
...always more later!