I've made a serious decision. Well, serious for me. I'm going to start sewing for myself. That's right - actual nice clothes that are not "mommy uniform" (aka t-shirts and jeans) and pretties like handbags that are not meant to double as diaper or tote bags for kid stuff. Not that there's anything wrong with what I'm usually making, but I've been stuck in that mode for SO LONG. I've literally forgotten what being stylish means or taking time to make something just for me. The skirt above was made 2 YEARS ago. Yikes it's been a while!
Knowing how to sew is a pro and a con. Any time I see pretty dresses, skirts or any other chic looking things in stores, I say "No way am I going to pay that. I could sew my own" and then never do. A total get-nothing situation. A few bad experiences with store bought patterns or trying to draft my own left me with many items I've made but don't wear because they don't fit quite right or they just give off that "Hey, I'm homemade!" vibe a little too loudly, so I kind of gave up trying.
But blaming the patterns or a lack of time seems silly. If I'm able to make complete outfits out of nothing for my kids, and draft all sorts of other things from my imagination lickety-split, there's no reason I can't make some things for me. So I'm giving it a go and will be sharing my "made just for me" adventures. With some good sewing books, various found tutorials and trying out new techniques I think it'll be possible to be able to make some cute wearables with the best of them. I figure I can't be the only one who avoids certain things out of fear, potential disappointment or unknown methods, so by sharing my adventure maybe it will help get others going too (and will keep me motivated now that I've proclaimed it in writing).
And before anyone gets worried that you won't be seeing stuff for kids, the house or my usual variety of eclectic items here, don't worry, I have LOADS of those in the pipeline. You'll just see a bigger assortment of projects and some extra Craft Gear 411s too. I hope you'll be as excited as I am about it. Now enough with the talking about it, time to get sewing!!