it doesn’t matter how much thought I put into selecting an apartment, I always end up with a sweltering hot stuffy little sewing room. Maybe I secretly like it that way. This time around I have ample closet space, but it is still one hot little room for summer sewing. When I heard the theme for this weeks What to Wear link-up I was a little stumped for ideas. Immediately I had a flashbacks to the sewing room I used while I was still selling my crafts at multiple markets each week. What happened in that room wasn’t pretty. The cat spent most of that summer looking like an overstuffed lifeless mound of fluff under my sewing table. And well, I was almost always naked. not good naked. Sweaty, irritable, grouchy naked.
But you’ve all been saved from seeing that photo. My new crafting space is a little more forgiving. With the help of a large fan I can usually keep my clothes on.
I spend most of my time either at the gym in workout clothes or in my crafting room. Sadly, my wardrobe reflects this reality all too well. Nope, no cocktail dresses and cute summer sandals in this girls closet. If you were thinking of raiding my closet you might want to reconsider. In summer the only outfits you will find are tight fitting running pants, moisture wick shirts or frock-ish tent like skirts, dresses and old t’s. This has its limitations. I’m not working too hard over here to be fashionable, but I still try and be presentable enough to answer the door. Just this morning I scored an awesome purple running top and a pile of vintage linens at the thrift store. Hooray!
When I’m crafting or working away on some new creative ideas I tend to stick with what’s most comfortable. Very little jewelry or anything that might snag or otherwise get in the way. bare feet (but, of course!). a comfy loose fitting skirt or dress. Lately I’ve been wearing a lot of clothes that I’ve made myself, but when I got dressed this morning and headed to the sewing room I found myself in some old favourites. This skirt has seen better days, but nothing beats an easy cotton wrap around. The top is a simple thrifted grey tank.
so what’s going on in this photo…am I about to claw my own head? maybe so. maybe so.
Looking for the real fashions? head on over to Nicole’s blog Gypsy in Jasper to see what the other ladies put together for What to Wear: While Crafting
I’m ridiculously pleased with myself right now. Honestly, I’ve never been very confident in my sewing skills and most of the pieces of clothing I’ve attempted to make have remained in the “attempt” pile or shoved politely to the back of a drawer somewhere. I seem to be completely incapable of following a pattern or understanding sewing instructions. So it might seem strange that as part of my “32 before 33” Challenge…I decided to do a “Head to Toe” Handmade Clothing Challenge. Yep, over the course of the next year I will complete 12 pieces of clothing.
So here is an update on the challenge. So far I have completed a hat and mitt set. I knit the hat following a very cute pattern I found on Ravelry called “Capucine”. The mitts were made out of felted sweaters and are lined with recycled polyester fleece. So super warm and soft and cozy. Next, I jumped right in and decided to make a dress. I pulled out a giant bolt of 10 meters of bamboo french terry and made an oh so comfy cowl neck long sleeve dress (i’ll post pics soon). But my third project is by far my favourite. I made the pattern for the dress using an old sweater that I cut up to make a pattern roughly with a marker and some newspaper. And it turns out making my own patterns might just be the best way for me to make clothes. Loving the red bamboo stretch french terry so so so so so much (it’s the most ridiculously comfortable and soft fabric I’ve never touched)…I dove right in this past weekend and made my own pattern (Yet again with newspaper and a marker) for a pullover hooded sweateshirt.
The result is fantastic. I’m tooting my own horn and not the least bit ashamed. I love love love love love this hoodie. I’ve had it on since I finished it on Sunday. I’ve been wearing it to work, around the house…everywhere. I realize, eventually…I’m going to have to take it off and wash my stench out of it…but that just means I’m going to have to get more fabric to make a second and third hoodie for laundry days!
The more items of clothing that I make the more confidence I have that I can move on to more projects and push towards my goal of making a head to toe handmade wardrobe of my very own. While I’ve decided which pieces I’m going to make I haven’t decided on exactly what patterns I’m going to use and I think I’d rather just let the pieces come out of spur of the moment inspiration. Project #4 is already underway…I’m knitting an open front cardigan with a beautiful saxon braid cable down the back. It’ll be a slow process, but is fashioned after a cardigan my mom had when I was a kid that I used to love to cuddle up with like a blankie.