Monday, March 15, 2010

Spring Wardrobe 2010 - Part 1

In addition to my cooking exploits, I am also an avid seamstress. I make many of my own clothes and try to make a few things for each of the children throughout the year. I learned to sew as a teenager and it has been a lifelong passion. I love the possibilities that are available to me as a seamstress. I can see something in a store or magazine and then make it myself (usually). I enjoy finding the perfect fabric and pattern combination. I like doing things with my hands: the making and the crafting. I enjoy the challenges and the sense of accomplishment I feel when I have created something beautiful that fits well.

Being a part of Pattern has been a great source of inspiration, encouragement and information as I work to improve my sewing skills. Each year, Pattern Review has sewing contests for its members. I have participated in a few of the wardrobe contests in the past couple of years.

Starting today, I will try to complete another that I am calling "A Complementary Capsule." I have one month to create four garments that can be combined to make four different looks. This is called a "mini-wardrobe." (I'll write more about wardrobe planning and sewing in another post.) My plan includes a jacket, mini-dress, pants and knit top. My colors include navy blue, dark denim, and coral (the thread color is called "flamingo" :) Love it!).

I have fabric and patterns for three of the garments and need to purchase the fabric for the mini-dress. My goal for this week is to get everything cut out that I can. I still have a pair of pants on the sewing table that I want to finish before I begin sewing anything new. We'll see how it goes.

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