OK peeps, so this is actually a discussion piece, interspersed with photos to illustrate the point. You might be forgiven for thinking I am talking about our seemingly endless winter (which has had a few rare glimpses of sunshine to be fair & how awesome those days are…). But no. I am talking about something else. I am talking about moods, sewing & what we wear. In particular I am going to relate this to a garment that I made a good six weeks ago, but have had issues about blogging because of what it represents…..
So let’s get stuck in!
I am embarrassed to say that I have misplaced the dress pattern that started this process. It’s an awesome winter dress from the 70s that I won from a giveaway that the lovely Amanda at Symon Sez ran. Can I find it? But no! It’s Simplicity 9576 – image from Vintage pattern Wiki
When I saw it on Amanda’s blog I have to say I was taken with it – it could be the perfect winter (work or not) dress & it’s possible to make out of knit. You know me well enough by now to know how appealing that was to me. And look at the cute possibilities when playing around with colour & ahem, fringing!!
This was to be my March dress. As you know I have an allowance of twelve frivolous dress makes this year, but guess what, this doesn’t count, by virtue of the fabric I chose to make it out of & the rest of the story that surrounds this particular garment. I chose some grey knit that I acquired at, you guessed it, Birmingham Rag Market. It was SO cheap. I bought a dress length. It’s charcoal with a slight woven stripe in its wales (apparently that’s what they are called, the vertical lines – mebbe).
It’s a poloneck dress with a back zip & a wrap skirt. I kept it plain, just adding some grey buttons to the front wrap as a bit of personality. I like the position of the darts: back shoulder, back waist darts & the bust darts rise diagonally from just above the waist at the side seam.
I didn’t do my usual lapped zipper (don’t ask me why – far too long ago now) but I did interface each edge before inserting the zip centrally ( as suggested by Solvi in the comments in this post – lots of great tips). I thought that with a stretch fabric it could only help – I mean whenever I sew knits I never sew patterns that require zips! This was a first for me. I used my overlocker as much as I could but forgot to stabilise the shoulders with tape…never mind.
Fit-wise it’s not perfect – the back is a little large & could do with less at the centre back, but I’m not willing to undo a zip in a knit! Maybe a bit of a sway back adjustment needed too. Also, the polo neck is split at the back, but I prefer wearing it closed & need to add a hook & eye to replace the safety pin cunningly hidden. It is another useful dress to wear to work as it doesn’t need ironing & is great for changing out of into gym kit & stuff into my rucksack at the end of the work day.
Now onto the hard bit. Talking about this dress & what it represents to me. I’d started this dress but finished it whilst incredibly miserable, I mean, you don’t want to know how miserable. I forced myself to make it thinking that sewing would cheer me up/ get me through my misery. This dress will now forever be branded with those memories.
It is grey, OK, so not the most jolly colour, but it has become impregnated with negative emotions. And guess what? It has become the dress I wear to work when I want to feel even more miserable, when I want people to not even bother to ask me how I am, because it is pretty obvious (to me ) that when I wear this dress I am miserable as sin. This is how I’ve been wearing it: no make up, no jewellery & wow, even the belt is unremarkable.
But hey peeps. Blogging about this dress means that I have to make an effort. I realise that recently this blog hasn’t been reflecting a word that’s key to the essence of this blog: “silliness”. C’mon girl, time to make an effort. Get some slap on & for goodness sake accessorize.
Now isn’t that better? But can you try a bit harder? You know you’ve got something bought in January , bought especially with blogging in mind….
So, the discussion is, do you have any garments that you’ve made that have a profound effect on your mood, or how feel? I know that we might often talk about how clothes make us feel bright, happy, cheerful, attractive, but sometimes they can do just the opposite.
And with that in mind
I, Scruffy Badger, sign up as a participant of Me-Made-May ’13. I endeavour to wear only me made clothes, promising brighter outfits & with make up each day for the duration of May 2013 (to include PJs, knickers & running clothes as much as possible ) ‘
Now I’ve got to be off – something bright & cheerful awaits me at my sewing machine 🙂
Happy weekend everyone x