One of my goals for this year was to make an item of clothing, and watching The Great British Sewing Bee has definitely inspired me further. I'm sure a lot of you agree!
When I think about it, I have actually made the odd couple of items of clothing in the past...
I made the asymmetric top above about 9 years ago, when I was 25. I did wear it out two or three times, but I haven't worn it in many years - not so sure about having a sheer fabric over my belly these days! I didn't have a pattern, I just made up the design (which is probably why it's a bit of a strange one!) - I can't even really remember how I did it now!
There's even a fairly neat zip and hook-and-eye fastening on the back:
In fact, the more I look at it the more I think that it wasn't that bad really, especially as I made up how to do it as I went along! I'm sure that lots of things weren't done in the way they are supposed to be done, but it looks alright. Not that I'd wear it now.
Then a few years back, I attempted to replicate a simple top I had and loved wearing.
This picture was taken in 2010 when I made this top. (I think I'd recently been on holiday as I'm sporting a lovely tan. Tan?! Yep, that's me tanned - I'm a pale creature!) It's a long top to be worn with leggings, in a stretchy knit material with a wide band along the bottom. (I clearly hadn't heard of pattern matching when I made the band - it didn't even occur to me! Although, I actually like it like this - it shows that it's a separate band, and I like the [unplanned] flower placement.) This top got more wear than the other one I think, but again not something I wear these days.
I now want to try making something "proper" - something using a pattern! Something that I want to wear now, and will get a lot of use out of. This is where I'm struggling. I've seen Bunny Mummy's lovely skirt here and thought that it seemed a simple pattern to start off with, which I like the sound of. BUT, I'm trying to get a balance between making something simple and making something I'll actually wear. The problem I have with skirts is finding a top to go with them. Even though I really like the skirt and want to make it in some lovely colourful fabric, I know I won't wear it.
I'm currently going through my decluttering process, and my wardrobe needs a lot of attention and clearing out. The last thing I need is to start filling it with homemade items I'm not going to wear.
So my current quest is to find a pattern for an item of clothing that isn't too tricky to make, but will look great on me and will be regularly used! I wouldn't hold your breath...
As I typed the above, I couldn't resist trying that first top on again - looks like I just about squeezed into it! I got the Lumberjack to take some pictures... don't judge too harshly - remember this was made for 25 year old me to wear, not 34 year old me!!
|I'm on tiptoes (for some reason) so was using the door to keep my balance!|
I ummed and ahhed over putting these photos on, but thought "what the hell!". I know when I see other people's handmade garments, I always like to see them on the person - gives a much better idea.
Now to find a pattern for something more appropriate!