Side note: my stepdad couldn't fix the laptop, apparently there was a motherboard connection problem. But he did rescue my hard drive and has lent me his old laptop so I can finish my project, yay stepdad!!!
I am stepping it up with sorting out my sewing room (update post to come soon). And I still want to keep my blogging going even if i have no crafty projects to show you, so I thought I'd ask you lovely readers a question or two.
I've been thinking a lot about the fact that I keep wanting to sew "feature" items, you know pretty dresses and fancy clothes for special occasions, but not really practical for everyday wear. Five days a week I have to wear smart clothes for work, and that's an area where I should be sewing clothes for but I don't really want to spend my time making things to wear at work. I want to make fun things!
Also I should be sewing things like basic tops and maybe a simple tunic dress or two, but again they don't exactly inspire me. But if I'm ever going to get over the "fear" of wearing things I've made I do need to make something I can wear on a regular basis!
So what about you, do you sew good basic staple items, or mainly fun pretty things from fabrics and patterns that really grab your eye? Or maybe you're a bit of both?
What inspires you to sew, practical need or desire for beautiful clothes?
Here's a few of my basic items I always wear:
The Denim skirt
I have a short(ish) denim skirt and it is my fallback item, along with a pair of leggings or tights. Can be worn with pumps, heels or boots so is good to dress up or down.
Would I ever sew one? Well I am considering making a Beignet skirt and denim is a fabric I'm thinking of using for it (that or corduroy). Plus Lucy made a great skirt refashioned from old jeans so it's certainly possible.
The Black Cardigan
I love my black cardigan, it's a work staple and is the thing I grab on a sunny day "just in case" it gets cold. It goes with anything and is soft and comfy.
Would I sew one? Well it'd have to be made from a knit, so at this stage probably not. I want to customise more of my existing knitwear though, as lets face is it black is a bit boring isn't it?
The baggy jeans
Jeans that are well worn and easy wearing. Comfy and relaxed, good for "fat days" and slouching around on weekends.
Would I sew them? No way would I attempt jeans at the moment! Maybe way way into the future (but don't hold your breath).
Plain vests and T-shirts
Dull dull dull, but again they are a good basic top to just "throw on".
Would I sew it? If I had an overlocker I bet you could whip these up in minutes, and could probably customise them very easily too. But until I can afford an (and justify the purchase of) overlocker it's another thing I have to buy.
So those are my basics. Pretty dull huh? But who wants to sew dull things when you can sew pretty things like these: