|The Blue Ribbon Dress - Simplicity 3673 with Alterations|
I have been thinking about my handmade uniform since Rochelle shared her refreshing post examining her sewing success for 2013. She mentioned that although she was productive in 2013, very few of her makes actually fit in with her daily uniform.
During the warm weather, my uniform is a dress or a skirt and top, depending on my mood. Cardigans are a mainstay no matter the weather. Cold weather brings out layers under dresses and skirts, as well as jumpers and trousers. In reviewing the dresses in my handmade wardrobe, I use six main patterns: Colette Patterns Pastille, Peony, and Hazel; Lady Skater Dress, Simplicity 1873, and Simplicity 3673. I love all the dresses I have made using these and wear them often. I will often combine elements of one pattern with another for a different look. Sticking to my love of 1950's fashion, I switched out the skirts in the Colette Patterns to gathered ones.
|Ruby Belle Monkey Pinafore Dress (gift from Roisin) and thrifted jumper|
Tops and blouses had an equally small number of patterns and a large number of multiples: Colette Patterns Jasmine, Sewaholic Renfrew, and Simplicity 4179. The Peter Pan collar on the Simplicity blouse appeals to my love of 1950's aesthetic. Altering the sleeve length on all these patterns makes them very versatile.
|Smurftastic Dress - Simplicity 3673|
I love all of these patterns. They yield lovely garments that I wear regularly and the process of sewing them is relaxing and enjoyable. I think that sometimes, as creative people, we can get caught up in the challenge of a new process and lose sight of why we are actually doing it in the first place. I know it has happened to me. I also find that I can get overwhelmed by the sheer choice available and can become stymied. I think this had an affect on my blogging for the latter half of 2013; I just didn't know where to start or what to say about what I made once I finally got around to making something.
My goal this year is to resist buying patterns I know I will not sew. I have a perfectly excellent stash - fabric, yarn, and patterns - that I intend to make significant dent into this year.
After all, there's nothing wrong with a uniform, is there?