Tag: creating

In previous weeks on the Wardrobe Architect I posted about my past and my present defining my core style and beginning to form ideas about my style identity through a pinterest board. This week is all about reviewing what shapes make me feel happy and comfortable by filling in a grid where I grade from 1-10 based on my enjoyment of those shapes of garment.

I’ve talked previously about struggling with my shape, of being bigger than I would care to be and how I’ve allowed this to dictate my style. I have made some progress with this; since starting Wardrobe Architect I have began sewing (and wearing) garments for myself. I’ve had an internal mixed response to this – I’ve somewhat been in denial and this makes me face up to things that make me uncomfortable, but in doing so its began to help me in accepting myself more (something I’ve always struggled with, whatever my weight). It’s a work in progress but I am definitely experiencing a progress and shift, not only in my sense of style but also in my sense of self.

So, on to this week’s ‘homework’:

 
Previous to this week, I thought I didnt feel comfortable in many – if any – types of clothing, but seeing the results above show me this just isnt true. Sometimes we need to see something in black and white in order to believe it. Let’s do an analysis:

Skirts

I like a mid-length, above the knee skirt, that is either a half full, full or A-line (how very vintage of me!). I quite like a high waist length (particularly on a pencil skirt) or a natural waistline, but not a low (I dont think this doesnt anything to enhance what I have).

Dresses

Above applies to the skirt part of dresses too but I don’t like a high waistband on a dress (actually, thinking about this I beg to differ, there are a couple of dress designs with the waistband under the chest which I really like – I clearly forgot this when doing the quiz). I also quite like a longer length on a dress, though this is dependant on what it is, I would say.

Trousers (pants)

It looks like I love these somewhat fitted but with room to breathe (always nice!), and to either be full leg length of capri length. I quite like a high waist (or thick waistband) with trousers, I think this can be quite slimming.

Tops and Blouses

Again, I like these somewhat fitted, so that you can see the shape of my body (darts are a must, or princess seams) but loose enough that I am not feeling restricted. I like them fairly long, maybe tunic length, to cover my midriff and definately would not go for a cropped top!

Jackets & Blazers

I am not a huge fan of formal jackets and blazers but when I do wear them they would have to be similar to blouses and tops in that they are somewhat fitted but loose enough to breathe.

Cardigans

Ooh I love a cardi! (I must sound about 40 years older than I am!) I hate hate hate having the tops of my arms on show and so a cardi is a must with most of my outfits.I like them somewhat fitted but loose (I sense a theme here) and long enough to cover my tummy but not much longer than that.

Outwear

I took the term ‘outwear’ to mean coats… and here too I like them fairly loose but with some shape, and to be long enough to cover my bum. Coats are the one garment that I quite like a low waist, I think this is because I can always bring it up by bagging the top part. If it was a formal coat I would like a natural waistline.

 

I’ll leave you with some pictures from my Wardrobe Architect Pinterest board that go with my analysis:

 

 

 

 

What do you think? Can you relate with anything I have written? Are you doing the Wardrobe Architect?

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New serger!

For as long as I have been sewing (which, to be fair, isn’t that long) I have wanted a serger/overlocker. On the one hand they don’t seem to do a great deal (they sew hems, so what?) but on the other hand they would raise my work a level and could, potential, ruin my need to perusing the high street chains… (if only good quality fabric didn’t cost the earth… )

DSC_0019So, this month I bit the bullet and decided to buy a serger. I had my eye on the Brother M1034D, it is one of the cheapest on the market, and I have seen great reviews for it. I went into my local Singer shop and they didn’t have that one but instead offered a Janome counterpart. They also said they had a second-hand Toyota going for almost half the price of the Janome, so my fate was sealed. Singer also gave me four cones of thread for £10 which was pretty decent. I paid the price, sent the BF to pick it up and went back to work.
DSC_0016When I eventually got time to play with her, it was fun fun fun. I’d heard that sergers were difficult to thread but I did not find it too difficult. Getting my head around which dial was for which was more of a learning curve.

When I got to sewing, I found it to be a complete dream. It did not take long to ensure all the tensions were correct and I was away! I really liked the fact it cuts and seals the edges. One of my least favourite things on a sewing machine is having to either trim or zig-zag, and it never looked that great. But, yes, fab with the serger.

Then doom set in; I had to change a needle.

DSC_0018That part was okay, it wasn’t rocket science. And although I’d been spoilt with my automatic threader on my sewing machine, I managed to get the needles installed and threaded.

Suddenly my tension was all over the place and I could not work out why. I moved the dials around, re-threaded, re-installed the needles, I tried everything. Eventually I relented and posted on a sewing page on FB asking for help. Between us we worked out that I wasn’t ‘flossing’ correctly;  once that was sorted I was back in the swing of things.

I then got to making a little girl’s dress. I don’t have a little girl but I wanted something easy to follow. I printed off a pattern by Crafty Gemini and got to work. It was the easiest thing to make (it shouldn’t have been – it was jersey and stripes!).

I should not have been lazy and done the neck and arm lines on a normal sewing machine (as I dont have shears) and the hem too, but this was just a practice so did the lot with the serger.

DSC_0020This is the result, I am really pleased with it overall, I would have liked to put bias binding on the neck and arms, and done a better hem (really wonky)  but pretty pleased with what I came up with.

What was the first thing you made on a serger? Do you like using a serger or do you prefer to stick to a sewing machine?

 

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