A few days ago, I had a conversation with a friend who shall remain nameless in this post, but if she wishes to reveal herself in the comments, who am I to stop her? 😉
We were chatting online, and our chat turned to “The Sewing Blogs”, as we’re both avid blog readers.
I noted that I was noticing an uprise in posts about a “more practical sewing approach” – in short, more and more bloggers seem to realize that pretty sundresses and fabulous frocks aren’t the most practical day to day wear. As a result, they (obviously) blog about their plans to modify or sometimes even transform their wardrobe.
Now, don’t get me wrong – I’m all for it. In fact, I’m thrilled by the prospect of seeing more posts about makes that could feature in my sewing.
Since I am, however, such a “not even cake, let’s stick with sandwiches” seamstress, I’m a bit amazed at the amount of wonder and enthusiasm I see expressed at the fact that life doesn’t tend to arrange itself obligingly around the tea dresses and silk blouses one makes.
My friend had noticed it, too: “what is it with the everyday wardrobe posts anyway?” She felt that a lot of posts she saw centered around “matching wardrobes”, and why did things have to match?
To which I replied, being old and wise and all that *cough*, that I had been waiting for it, really – to me, it seems these things happen in waves. Something just spreads like ripples, like it happened with vintage dresses and patterns. And it’s great and fun and inspiring, so lots of people join the party. And then the party somehow teeters out, and everyday life takes over. And with it, the everyday wardrobe.
Boom, one day you realize you love all you vintage dresses, and blouses, and most of all the woolen coat you made, and yet here you sit, in front of you laptop, hacking out your latest post – in jeans and a t-shirt. Life just doesn’t arrange itself … or, as I put it that day:
“Last year, everybody just wanted to sew vintage full skirted dresses. Which is fine, I guess, but very few people actually want to wear them all the time.
They think they do, but then … yeah, you just want to pop over to the supermarket, and you don’t want to wear something you have to put make up on for.
It’s a bit like making knickers.”
Huh, how did I get from vintage couture to … unmentionables?? Because there’s a similar hype starting around making your own underwear. Again, I wholeheartedly approve, and love that even Colette has posted about making a bra(lette) and a matching pair of knickers.
Let me be clear here: there’s nothing wrong with sewing fabulous vintage dresses, silk blouses and whatever else your heart desires. And I’m absolutely not suggesting that anybody actually EXPECTED their lives to change dramatically via their handmade wardrobe additions.
What I’m saying is that this fluency, the way people evolve and exchange their ideas and experiences is what I probably love most about the online sewist community. And I’m more than happy to lap up every new ripple, and get inspired and clearer about my own wardrobe vision.
With or without a plan, with or without regards to “everyday use” of your makes: Sew what makes you happy.
And you might just find that it indeed changed you life – I know it changed mine. 😀