My Plan.

16 Dec

Okay, I admit straight up that this might be one of the more hair-brained ideas I’ve ever come up with, in the morning, before coffee.  But I’m several cups of coffee into the day and it’s still sounding doable, like I have to at least give it a try, at least for a little while.

The Source:

A vague dissatisfaction with my own consumer behavior, dissatisfaction with the fit and quality of commercial clothing that I buy, coupled with a nearly-compulsive desire to make things, most of the time.

My plan:

My plan is to suspend shopping and look instead for ways to make for myself all the clothing items I want to add to my wardrobe.   I’m going to make some exceptions: shoes, for example. Thrifted items that I remake to fit my own purposes. Tights and underwear. I know it’s possible to make one’s own brassiere, but at this moment I’m not tempted to try…though I won’t rule it out for the future, if that desire should be born. But also, I know that I’m making up my own rules for this project, and I’m likely to break them, as well…but breaking rules is part of fashion, too, and it will be interesting to find those lines along which my personal ambitions crumble.

My assets:

I am already proficient at both sewing and knitting, with an easy willingness (and a lot of tools already in my possession) to take on various other crafts.  I have a work space, too– a whole sewing room…a mess, of course (which inspires the title of this page) but a workable space just the same. I also, very importantly, have a completely functional wardrobe already filled with stuff. The reality is that like most of my American contemporaries, I rarely need new clothes, I buy them just because I like them…as entertainment, almost. And it is satisfying entertainment, to me, finding things to wear and finding new ways to wear them, but how much more entertaining could it be, if I got even more involved in the process?

I can learn so much!

And here, I enclose for your pleasure a photo of a recently finished dress project, as proof of possibilities, and as evidence that yes, I am fully capable of making clothing worth wearing out into the world. So even if I founder, I probably won’t suffer too badly along the way!

7 Responses to “My Plan.”

  1. milchstern December 17, 2011 at 1:17 pm #

    That’s an ambitious project! I don’t think I would be able to. But at least sewing gives me a different point of view while shopping. I’m also looking how clothes are sewn and if it looks worse, I double check whethter to buy.

    I like your dress and its colour, it’s so beautiful!

    By the way, I see you are at Pinterest. I’d love to be there too. Would you mind sending me an invitation? That would be awesome!

    Good luck with your project and greetings from Germany,


  2. dollardressfriday December 23, 2011 at 2:11 pm #

    I love that dress so much! As someone who undertook a similar challenge this last year I wish you luck and patience.

    • handmadejulie December 23, 2011 at 3:48 pm #

      Thank you! And what fun, looking through your projects–I love the upcycled shirts. You’ve got a lot of great inspiration going on, there!

  3. lathelize December 27, 2011 at 7:19 am #

    very nice dress and very ambitious project!

  4. nkd December 30, 2011 at 3:24 pm #

    If you don’t already subscribe to Threads, I’d advise it. They also have DVDs available of their entire 25+ years which are fantastic. There is fitting information on every part of the body and other fascinating fiber and textile information. It’s well worth the $$ IMO.

  5. Jessie January 21, 2012 at 10:15 pm #

    It’s not at all hare-brained! I’m doing much the same thing, via the Seamless challenge, and it’s much more doable than it seems. Excited to see where you go with this.

    • handmadejulie January 22, 2012 at 2:42 pm #

      hey, cool! That’s really neat, that so many people are feeling the same zeitgeist!

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