I can't believe that it's been almost a month since my last post! I'm not even sure where that time has gone! But it's not been all lost time, I've been sewing up lots and lots but have had hardly any time to stop and take decent photos of what I've made. So this post isn't about a make but rather a thought I've been having lately. About why I choose what to sew and how I go about making it happen. You see there are two sides to this story;
1. Fashion Student Hazel
Fashion student Hazel has great fashion ideals. She knows how she would like to dress and how to go about it. But she also knows that she's not the same dress size as the girls she sees wearing these things. But that doesn't stop her, she attempts to interpret these looks and make them confortable for her everyday.
She's inspired by these kind of fashion images:
2. Fabric Shop Assistant Hazel
Now this Hazel has totally different ideas. Show her some colour and an awesome print and she's all over it. There's nothing wrong with colour and print, but it's just not what Fashion Student Hazel deems suitable for everyday where. This means that a lot of the fabrics she buys become relegated to her stash or made into something that's worn only a few times and relegated to the back of her wardrobe. And yet she keeps buying such prints and colours.
I've been trying to combine these two Hazels. Mixing prints and plains so that I can love both equally and make them work together. But what keeps bugging me is that some of the items I make, aren't garments I would get excited about seeing in stores. So I'm trying to make a change and sew things that I know I'd definitely pick up if I seen it in a shop. It's a difficult transition but I'm getting there. My last few fabric purchases have been far more conservative: plain navy crepe, grey jersey and some cashmere/wool mix.
The only difficulty I'm finding now is patterns to match my fashion ideas. The big names have some gems that appear every so often and I have some great patterns in my stash, but they aren't consistently fashion focussed. The more fashionable indie patterns are great, but aren't always available in my size or are 'over-done' that I loose my want to sew them after seeing so many versions online that I'm overwhelmed.
That's where I'm at with my sewing plans for this side of the year. Since I've been thinking this way, I've made items I know that will fit effortlessly into how I want to dress and I'm hoping it continues. Has anyone ever else felt this way about the garments they make vs. what they buy? Please tell me I'm not alone in this thinking!