Clothes Shopping and Fantasy Fulfillment

7 Jan

How the retail clothes-buying experience usually goes:

1) Spot some item you didn’t know you needed but that suddenly seems, upon looking, like exactly the thing you always desired, and that instantly promises a life of glamour and wonder to go along with it.

2) Buy item, with momentary burst of excitement and enthusiasm for it.

3) Spot some new item, at which point first item becomes “old” and the cycle immediately begins anew.


How this project is supposed to work:

1) First identify a need. Decide upon an item that might best fulfill that need, and design item specifically to fit all details of that need.

2) Produce item beautifully and in top quality, to wear and love long-term, knowing that it fits its purpose (and your life) exactly.

How this project is going, so far:

1) Think of all possible needs, and all the items that might fill them. Then think of any other items that might be desired, though not needed, and try to create some need for them. Once you’ve completely overwhelmed yourself with all possible choices, settle on one that might be actually feasible to produce.

2) Attempt to design and make this item, using materials found in your workroom, and fitting it to your body.

3) Give up in exasperation. Go look at pretty pictures on the internet of things that other people have succeeded in making.

5 Responses to “Clothes Shopping and Fantasy Fulfillment”

  1. Chris January 21, 2012 at 9:18 pm #

    Great Post – so funny – so true!
    Love your illustrations, too…

  2. Melissa March 17, 2012 at 12:45 pm #

    If I may be allowed to say something pragmatic…

    When people are learning to sew, why shouldn’t they sew flashy, trendy, innapropriate-to-their-lifestyle stuff? Goodness knows that soon enough, if they stick with sewing, their skills will improve and the early projects will begin to lose some of their appeal as the seamstress/seamster realizes they can sew better than they did before. (And pride dictates abandoning or re-sewing those early efforts.)

    I think new seamstresses/seamsters need the more immediate gratification of flashy/trendy/aspirational projects to keep them willing to persevere through learning basic sewing. Later, perhaps, they may develope the love of a well-sewn dart or seam, the affection one can feel for a perfectly-fitted, office-basic straight skirt, the experience to appreciate well-suited fabric and design/pattern combinations, but in the beginning why not just have fun?

    • handmadejulie March 17, 2012 at 6:03 pm #

      I think people should sew whatever they want to sew. I’m all for whatever makes it fun and appealing. In fact, I’m not sure I myself have yet to derive much gratification from things like “well-sewn darts”. No, in fact, I’m pretty sure it’s never been a dart or seam that lures me to any of my own projects. 🙂

  3. Anne July 11, 2012 at 11:31 pm #

    This is hilarious!


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