And with that, summer is no more.
McCall’s 6744, and supplementary pattern McCall’s 6966, were a joy to sew, pure and simple. In the process of sewing such similar dresses, I got pretty good at making waist casings, binding raw edges with fold over elastic (FOE), hacking patterns together, and a two-step process for stitching hems. So how do these skills translate to fall sewing, and my fall sewing plans?
Firstly and foremostly, I want — and need — to make big changes in my life. The biggest change that directly relates to this blog is a major shift in my appearance. With the approach of my recent birthday, I decided that (a) things DEFINITELY needed to change the work arena, and (b) I didn’t want it to be patently obvious why I’m single. So, creating a truly professional wardrobe has been in the back of my mind, as has pondering how I can look more feminine/womanly and attractive. Still haven’t figured out the latter, hah.
But for the former, the biggest changes on the top of my list are: sleeves and woven fabrics. Last winter I wore sleeveless tops and ankle pants layered under cardigans, scarves, and boots. It sounds nice, but in reality looked bulky and with all those moving parts, made for a fidgety Ebi. Bulky and antsy are not professional keywords. I figure that wearing sleeves, plus high necklines and long pants, will eliminate the need for a lot of those layers. I expect I’ll get ready faster, fuss less with my clothes throughout the day, and have all that extra mental bandwidth to apply to my work.
The second change is woven fabrics. Last year, I wore some wovens but more so knits. That’s not bad if you’re comfortable in your professional role and want to be just as comfortable in your professional clothes, but when the role is not right, comfortable clothes send the wrong message. To the wearer, it encourages the tendency to take the path of least resistance (ie, comfort), and to others, who can see the professional discrepancy, it suggests the wearer lacks both the initiative to change his/her circumstances and the proactivity to benefit the company’s mission. Not a good look. Wovens maintain their shape better, can be pressed, ironed, molded, and tailored, and give an air of authority and power that comfy clothes simply cannot achieve.
From a sewing perspective, this necessitates waistbands, zippers, linings, and notions I’ve heard about but never used, to make for the most accurate and high quality stitching. I have some experience with these things from my pre-blogging days, when most of my makes were in woven fabrics, but it’s been awhile. In some ways I’m rusty; in some, I’m a much better sewer.
I’ll share here and on Periscope all the resources I come across that increase my knowledge or my skills, as well pattern and garment inspiration. Of course, Instagram is my best friend (and should be yours!), so you’ll definitely see lots of content there. It’s the new, social media, way to make major life changes — stick around!