I spent a lot of my younger years trying valiantly to blend in rather than be true to my own quirky self. I grew up in a conservative town with a conservative parent where out-of-the ordinary looks were viewed askance or simply mocked. Many years and several looks later, sewing became much more of a tool and less of a hobby in my life, allowing me to better narrow down my style. I'm classic mid-1950's to early 1960's with a healthy dollop of kitsch. My style icons include Audrey Hepburn, Jean Seberg, and Jackie Kennedy. I also love the quirkiness of Pippi Longstocking and steampunk style.
Since joining Pinterest and having several boards dedicated to clothing and accessories that appeal to me, I have a visual record of the things I love.
Given my 52 Dresses Project and the fact that most of my projects involve dresses, it's clear that I am definitely frock mad! I feel most like myself in dresses and wear them nearly everyday. Looking at the pins collected in my Fantastic Frocks board, scoop necked dressed with full skirts are my standard style. It's easy to wear and easy to customize with funky tights, a pretty cardigan, and/or unusual jewelery. Peter Pan collars pop up frequently, too.
I am a retro girl at heart. Dresses and skirts are knee- or mid-calf length in my wardrobe. Classic prints, such as polka dots and florals, are bountiful. I also have a healthy appreciation for kitschy prints, such as pies and super heroes. Solids in bright colours are another standard with feminine details like applique or ruffles. Jersey knits also appear regularly as they feel like pyjamas but look nice and neat!
Learning to knit has been a revelation! It was really hard going at first - I wasn't able to complete Cadence - but I kept at it and now I am happy to say that I've knit my first cardigan: Miette. The wool was a birthday gift from my friend N and it knit up a treat. I was so happy how it turned out that I am nearly finished a second one in pink bamboo blend yarn. What can I say? I love multiples!
Cardigans and shrugs (boleros) are daily wear. Long sleeve, short sleeve, 3/4 sleeve...and so on. There's nothing more versatile for me than a cardigan or shrug. They make my sleeveless and short sleeve dresses year-round wear. Peggy Sue (above) is next on my knit list and I plan to customize it to look more like a vintage fair isle cardigan. My first cable project - eek!
If I'm not in a dress, I'm sporting a skirt. I prefer plain skirts, as I am pear-shaped, paired with bright tops. Pencil and full skirts are my favourite. I adore the femininity of swishing about in a twirly skirt and I love the tailored look of a pencil skirt. Zoe's yellow nautical skirt (above) and my denim Meringue are two of my favourites and are on heavy rotation in my wardrobe. After I saw Zoe's skirt, I zipped over to eBay and snapped up my own copy of the pattern for a song.
The Breton and Beatnik looks play heavily into my choices for tops. I absolutely adore a cheerful stripey top paired with a bright skirt. Jean Seberg captures this perfectly with her style. Colette Patterns' Jasmine blouse is also on high rotation in my wardrobe. To me, it is chic, pretty, and easy to wear and I feel it is a nod to the Jean Seberg/Audrey Hepburn/gamine look of the early 60's that I love so much.
Peter Pan collars are definitely on the standard list for me. I just love them! Complimentary or contrasting, they are just so cute and give my tops that element of kitsch and fun that I love. Polka dots, of course, are prominent in my pattern choice, as well as bold solids, and tongue-in-cheek prints like this.
How Does this Impact my Sewing?
More than anything, it enforces the fact that I'm on the right track. This is really important to me as I have made an effort over the last year to stop sewing closet orphans. Dresses, without question, are the single most worn item in my closet. I have several dresses planned for the next few months, including my lace Peony, corduroy Macaron, and slub silk Peony/Jasmine combination. Dresses make me happy and isn't that what fashion and sewing is all about?
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What's your style? What do you love to wear the most? Does it compliment what you love to sew the most?
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I must apologize for my lack of posts this week, especially since the Peony Sew-Along is in full swing! The simple truth is that I have been very busy with work (I work for a Cardiologist who is both a clinician and a researcher) and have had precious little time for blogging. However, I am most fortunate in having spectacular co-hostesses for SC2.0! Check our Erin's (aka Dr. Creepy) comprehensive list of everything you need for fitting / altering your Peony and Rochelle's terrific dart tutorial. Ever since I saw this tutorial I have been sewing my darts in the same way.