You know those blogs where people are really productive and create fabulous things on a regular basis and share them with the world? Those fabulous sewists who have wardrobes To Die For? Bloggers who experiment with upcycling or making all of their own clothes for a year just to see if they can do it and then get to reap the happy results of their efforts?
I am not one of them.
BUT, as we can all improve ourselves I would like to get started on a similar project with the whole world of interwebs holding me accountable and seeing if I'm actually making progress. Behold, self improvement!
The reason: I'm in "the biz" as a creative professional, yet my personal wardrobe has been a bit lacking lately. I've also had to accept the fact that since hitting a milestone birthday I should no longer try and shop in the junior department (the clothes look absolutely tiny now!) and need to embrace my sassy and newly curvy self. Having been kind of a twig for most of my life, this entirely changes not only the way clothes fit me but has made me realize that certain styles I used to wear and love may no longer be suitable. So, I figure, it's time to jump in with both feet and start experimenting with building a new wardrobe doing what I love doing, sewing. As I also need to update my costume wardrobe, I'm tossing that in too. I'm anticipating a bit more free time over the next year so it's now or never. And I do need to see what's hiding in the UFO piles....
The rules: Writing "the rules" kind of makes me want to start rebelling but I need to lay down some kind of guidelines to follow, right? Okay, here goes:
- One project a week until December 1, 2011. Projects can be anything hand or machine sewn, including: UFO's hiding in the closet, costume projects (and one piece counts for the week, not the whole shebang--I'm not that crazy/ambitious!), garments made from vintage or modern patterns, hats, home dec projects, alterations or repairs that need doing (good for those crazy weeks, I hope).
- Stash projects especially encouraged but not essential
- Photos and blog documention on a weekly basis
Here are some of the other fabulous project blogs I follow. A few costume blogs are listed on my blogroll. Talk about inspiration!