This is just a quick post to share a few collages I whipped up when I was feeling low about the combination of time and effort that went into making a (as-of-now) meh dress. It was interesting to read your comments—what bores and challenges you, what excites and energizes you.
Some were excited by the challenge of a difficult project, others needed the salve of something quick and fun, and still others utterly bored by making those boring-but-useful items in our wardrobes. I tend to fall in this last camp, being so obsessed with making things I'll actually wear regularly. So to get me out of my project burnout I've been thinking about all the things I could make without looking beyond my stash.
Instead of forcing myself to only sew wardrobe workhorses, I can visually see the things that I could sew depending on my needs: Something useful, something quick, something pretty, something challenging. And guess what? I've got lots of options.
These collages are merely representations and I threw a few shoes/accessories in there since I have to think before I buy, under my Fashion on the Ration challenge.
The Basics: Boring but Useful
Imagine all the outfits I could create using these basics, paired with colorful cardigans and accessories.
Gray dress: Uniform Project, completed, need re-working
Black cigarette pants: Self-drafted pattern, from plus-sized thrifted pants, completed, will post soon!Would I be ready for summer or what? Color and print and legs, baby.
Black and cream top short sleeve or sleeveless: 1950s pattern, scoop neck, using two plus-sized thrifted tops
Beige full skirt: Late 1960s wrap skirt pattern, using thrifted fabric
Gray t-shirt: Built By Wendy Homestretch pattern, fabric in stash
Reversible circle skirt: Likely using this BurdaStyle tutorial, with fabric in my stash that's reversible—black and white polka dot on one side, plaid on the other
Straight coat with hood and toggles: Built by Wendy Coats & Jackets pattern, using brown thrifted tweed and lined with plaid in my stash
Sewaholic Pendrell blouse: Black floral fabric in stash
Colette Crepe dress: Yellow floral fabric gifted to me, from the Philippines (may not work, but it may!)
Colette Rooibos dress: Periwinkle fabric in stash (but I've got lots of ideas from folks entering the giveaway)
Strappy dresses (2): Self-drafted pattern—denim fabric in stash; refashion old maroon floral dress made for me on the Chinese/Myanmar border
Blue floral halter dress: 1960s pattern, using thrifted crepe skirt
Black and red knit dress with full skirt: Adapting Built By Wendy Homestretch pattern, fabric in stash
Red sailor shorts: BurdaStyle Ruby pattern, thrifted red twill
Purple slim pants: Self-drafted pattern, thrifted purple corduroy
Striped knit dress: Built by Wendy Homestretch pattern, fabric in stash
Colorful knit tops: Fuschia, navy and red knits in my stash, using Sewaholic Pendrell or Built By Wendy Homestretch patterns
I'm posting this more as a public testament, since there's so many times I say, If only I had this pattern or this fabric ...
What about you? Could you make things you want out of things you already own?