Well my blogging has been non-existent but part of that is because I really haven't been sewing clothes much at all. I have been sewing for my little Etsy shop but not sure that is of interest to most people so my posting has died.
The reason I wasn't sewing much was I have put on a stack of weight (hello menopause and giving up trying!) I couldn't really work out what to wear and everything I made looked, well, pretty ordinary. I bought a few RTW items to plug in the gaps but was still not happy with how I looked.
I realised I needed some help and I will discuss that in a later post, but basically it came to light that I was really missing the boat in what I was making and buying. Swathing myself in volumes of fabric was not making me look smaller! In fact quite the opposite.
So a new tack has been taken. I have gone back to basics and have started building my new wardrobe, at this stage titled "Winter Resort". I have also come to realise that I was getting a long way from my best colour palette. I was incorporating a lot of black and I did it because it was easy. It was only making me look worse and it is interesting that I did it, as now when I try to put black near my face I can see what bad things it was doing for my complexion and in turn it was also making me feel very meh! about myself.
The first instalment in my wardrobe was a new basic dress in a "good" colour and a shirt that I just felt I had to make.
I chose to make Stylearc Cleo for the frock, which is a straight through style with optional darts for a bit of fitting. I basted the darts, thinking they would not work for my overblown figure, but I had to give it to Stylearc, they know what they are doing. The darts stayed and I am amazed at how much slimmer I look. The tummy and all the bits are still there but it looks so much better in this frock! I used a dark brown soft double knit that I had in the stash and to simplify the sew, I finished the armholes and neckline with fold over elastic (FOE).
Anne Whalley has a great video tip on using FOE and you can find many more about too, to help you with this really RTW look sewing short cut.
While I was planning this dress, I visited East Coast Fabrics and picked up a piece of Georgette which I feel in love with and happened to be reduced in price. I also noticed a New Look pattern while I was waiting to to be served and picked that up too, thinking it was perfect for the fabric. I enjoyed making the top, but it wasn't a quick sew and put me back a bit in my plans to get my wardrobe started, but I am still happy I spent the time on it. Sometimes you just need a certain piece and this was it this time.
So enough of the chatter, this is my first outfit in the new wardrobe...
and another shot,
I wore this outfit at the start of autumn and even though it was sleeveless, it was warm enough for the office considering the top is layered over the dress,
On the week-end I paired the shirt with a RTW top and some ugly as sin pants I made (that filled a need, but I don't like) and wore this outfit to a local food and wine fair.
Not the most flattering photo, but it was taken at the end of the day and I think on the whole it worked. (I could go on about how I should have fixed my look for this photo, but I do like the mustard top and sand coloured pants with this top.)
So many more instalments to come in this wardrobe... I will be back soon, ciao kittens!