Sarah is well known in sewing circles as the blogger behind Goodbye Valentino. I’m paraphrasing her story, but about five years ago she got tired of spending huge dollars on garments that she could sew herself. Hasn’t every sewist thought the same thing? So she put herself on a Ready to Wear fast for one year, and she sewed instead of buying. She blogged about her experiences over the past five years, and the journey that her RTW fast and blog has taken her. It’s a great story!
A couple of things struck me as I listened to her presentation:
First, she made beautiful clothing in gorgeous fabrics. She didn’t make yoga pants or t-shirts (well, maybe she did, but if she did she didn’t…
In January of 2015 I had a fresh leather bound notebook to record the usual New Year list of promises to myself. Get organized! Lose weight! Don’t just sit in front of the tv at night! My life revolved around work, attempts to keep the house presentable, and staring mindlessly at the TV. Read more
Sunday night we went to Chastain Park Amphitheater for a Steely Dan concert, featuring Elvis Costello & the Attractions as opening act. G was beyond excited when this concert was announced because this is like his dream concert line-up from his days in engineering school. I was excited because I got to go to Chastain.
Chastain is an outdoor amphitheater which opened in 1944 in Buckhead. The park itself has a public golf course, running paths, softball fields, and a horse barn, and it’s all nestled amongst gorgeou$ homes on huge lots. I’d live within walking distance of that park if we won the lottery.
No one will ever be wearing the same outfit as you. The odds of another sewist choosing the exact same fabric and pattern as you, and making it in exactly the same way, are slim to none, so your me-made clothes will always be unique to you. There’s also the added bonus of the feeling of satisfaction you get when proudly stating ‘I made it myself’ when someone compliments your outfit. #Nailedit.
It can be cheaper than buying ready-to-wear. Not always, granted (see below), but sewing can oftenbe better value than buying RTW. I managed to make a dress to wear to a Christmas party for under £10 last year, which is a lot less than the usual cost of a party frock!
Choosing versatile patterns you love and will want to make again and again – and tracing them, rather than ripping them to shreds with pins – is…