Confidence In Artistic Endeavors

Hi!  It has been a while since I have written anything.  So, if you are still here, yea!  I have been working on a lot  on my sewing though, in my absence.  I find sewing really cathartic.  I, generally speaking, like to go fast, those of you who have known me a long time, know that I mean literally as well as figuratively.  While I now try to obey all posted speed limits, I still find myself pushing to hard and trying to fit too much into my days.  This is where sewing comes in.  One day I cleaned out my closet and the sheer volume of articles of clothing, sort of made me nauseas.  I started reading about capsule wardrobes and while I love the idea, I have a difficult time limiting my options.  I do have a couple of basic capsules, a work and a play one.  However, I also have some other random stuff thrown in.  If you want to learn more about this idea this was the first post I read and this is someone’s blog I love to read.

Anyway,  thrown in with the idea of capsuling, is the idea of slow fashion.    This is a concept that I really love.  Slow fashion is basically the idea that you value quality workmanship and quality materials and that both were ethically sourced.  So, of course the epitome of this is sewing your own clothes.  Basically, this allows you to:

  1. Think about what clothes make you happy, and feel fabulous when you wear them.
  2. Think about what clothes you NEED in order to be attired for the life you are living (i.e. Workplace culture, sports you play, church/social culture you are in)
  3. Decide what holes are in your currenwardobe to meet these needs.
  4. Find a pattern that will make what you invision
  5. Find the perfect fabric for the project.
  6. Learn the skills to be able to make your clothing, and take the time in the details to make is special and to make it last.

 

I am in no way executing this idea to the fullest, but I am trying to be a lot more contientious about items I add to my wardrobe, and about taking the time to make sure clothing I make is well made, and well finished, so it really feels like special custom made items.  To this end, I have been trying to tackle some sewing projects that really challenge me, (read: scare me) and by doing that, I have been gaining confidence in my abilities.

 

You know something I have talked about before, is the power of making something with your own hands, you know like those wine and painting places?  Have you ever met someone who painted something at one, that didn’t think theirs was pretty good?  I know I did, and I have zero painting ability.  I flunked art class, and I was like, “wow, this is not that bad!”  And I am sure, that to anyone else that ever sees it, they are like, wow, that IS really bad.  But there is something about the act of creating that gives you confidence.  The same is true with sewing your own clothing.  The fact that YOU struggled through the project, and YOU made the creative decisions, gives YOU confidence when you wear it.  I love my #memade items more than stuff I buy.  Even though in all actuality to the casual observer those items do not look as good on.  I know that I ROCK my me makes when I wear them, because the give me swagger.  (Do people still say that?).  Here are a bunch of awkward bathroom selfies to prove it.

Me mades in above picture:  the first and second on the top are both Bryant Dolmans from Straight Stitch Designs.   The third is the Farrah Blouse from Chalk and Notch Patterns.  The bottom left is the Ogden Cami from True Bias Patterns (which I have only worn alone in public like that once, but it is the best layering piece EVER.) and the bottom right is the Saunio Cardigan from Named Clothing.

One thing that I am doing now that I have gained some confidence in my sewing abilities, is I am pattern testing.  I have always admired those women who sewed up beautiful things and then showed them off on social media, and have always thought I was not good enough to be like them.  But you know what?  “I AM good enough, I AM smart enough, and Gosh darn it people like me.”  So be on the look out for some future blogs about patterns I test, or even some patterns I have tried and love that have been out there for a long time.

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