On this year's batch of year-end round-up posts, I noticed an interesting trend: the resolution to sew less "icing" - less pretty things that look good on a hanger - and more every-day, wearable clothes. Lucky Lucille was perhaps the most famous to declare this, although I saw it on blog after blog this January. Then the Colette blog, along with others, started writing about building a handmade wardrobe, and it struck a chord.
I thought the overall sentiment was perhaps best summed up by Tilly in this recent quote:
"As more people are seeking to dress handmade on a regular basis, stitchers are becoming less keen on sewing party frocks and more interested in making wearable clothes that suit their everyday lifestyle."Having gone through a similar transition myself, I have to say that she hit the nail on the head! When you first begin to sew, you choose projects for the most impact: selecting the best pattern, the most beautiful lace, the most gorgeous print. In my bio, I point out that I sewed party dress after party dress in the years following the purchase of my first sewing machine.
But then one day you wake up and realize you have a closet full of party dresses and nothing to wear. And you realize that sewing is no longer just another creative outlet, but something you want to do to clothe yourself, something you do in protest to buying fast-fashion or ill-fitting garments, something that has become a way of life.
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