Monday, January 16, 2017

It's a new year.

~ Buddha with mudra of greeting, prayer & respect ~ *

And it's time I get back

to simplifying my consumption and accumulation of stuff (especially clothes) 

the statement that started me on Project Minima over six years ago.

I haven't been shopping in stores for clothing during that whole time. 

That includes thrift stores.  I don't miss it at all.  I make or refashion everything I wear.  I started to buy shoes from ebay about the second or third year in.  And I buy funky sox online when they're on sale once or twice a year.    I don't go into clothing stores for anything, not even to look.  nah.  In fact, I really don't go into stores at all.  The ambiance (if you can call it that) is so jarring.  Too much stimulation:  noise, people, signage, lights, stuff.  My True Love does the grocery shopping.  Thank goodness he prefers it that way.

One place where I've been completely out of control

is buying fabric and sewing patterns.  Yes, it's true, I buy them on drastic sale and online.  But still.  I have enough of a stash for several lifetimes.

So I stopped cold turkey on 1-1-17.  I unsubscribed to mailing lists, etc.  If I don't look, I'm not tempted, and then not interested.

I'd like to refine what I already have.

Maybe reappraise my "style" as I, and my body, have changed over the last six years. See what still works, refashion what doesn't.   Do some repairing, if need be.

I have a desire to find some piece I like, that works for me, and then do it over and over for awhile.  Whether it's a certain pattern or a certain combination of clothing.  Like my series of tablecloth dresses from way back when (click on label from sidebar to see those posts).   Or like Michele Oka Doner's one dress in many fabrics.  Or like Spotty Dogs Social Club's evolution of Tina Givens patterns into her own daily uniform.

Yeah, I don't want more, I want better.  

And I can do that.  

Without buying a thing.

Cheers to All!

*the first image posted on 5-31-11, entitled Prequel

Monday, January 9, 2017

Deep Velvet & The 3 Tops

First Showing:

~ me freezing ~

Yeah, it's a sunny day and 6 below zero again.   So we'll be quick.

I made this deep blue velvet kimono (they call it that on the pattern, Shelley) Simplicity 4134 and self-drafted the skirt a couple months ago. 

~ SEE? ~
And I can't find anything to wear with it!  This is my third attempt at making a shirt/ top/ blouse for it.

~ Okay, that's it, I'm going inside ~

But wait, let me show you each and every one of the 3 Tops I labored over.

Monday, January 2, 2017

Kimono on the Cityscapes

~ Yes, here we all are ~

The Kimono is from Koos of Vogue patterns 1493
and the Dress is from The Sewing Workshop Collection Cityscapes pattern.

I made the dress awhile ago and never wore it in public.  The original pattern calls for a jumper to go over it.  I tried, but it didn't work out at all.  But when I finished the Kimono and tried it on over the dress, I liked the vibe, especially with the dusty pink boots

~ I mean I'm having a flashback, man ~

~ check out that sleeve action ~

Okay, now this is something you don't see everyday.  In fact, this is something you never see on the likes of me.  Totally XXX rated.

Sunday, December 25, 2016

Evergreen in the Snow

~ Me, as a Christmas Tree ~

~ with flashing bike light as hair ornament ~

Wearing my first make of the Tina Givens Lotus pattern sewn from cotton jersey.  I hand-stitched it with multi-colored thread that goes through the color wheel of primary and secondary colors.   Maybe you can see it better here...

~  and Mom's ancient wreath pin made of sequins & seed beads  ~

~ plus $1 store reading glasses & scarf from Goodwill ~

 ~ not to mention, Irregular Choice pixie boots from ebay ~

Happy Holidays to each and everyone.  See you all next year!

But first, let's link up with Catherine's I Will Wear What I Like, for some Christmas cheer!

Sunday, December 18, 2016

Chocolate Swirls on a Winter's Day

~ ooo, I should've left my coat on ~

~ twirling around and stamping my feet ~
doesn't keep the cold away.

I've worn the dress before.  It's a shirt-weight corduroy with embellishments I made into Tina Givens Clara Kaftan pattern.  With modifications, of course.  The neckline and hem are bound with brown linen and the sleeves were extended with some sheer brown stuff I had on hand.  I doubled it and then rolled it up like a cuff.

I found this old brown turtleneck sweater in the closet archives that worked perfectly.  Also there were these brown wool leggings.  I was surprised I could still get them on.  Both were from yesteryear.  Added the brown lace anklets and I was all set.  Oh, and then I made brown stretch knit wrist warmers that morning to go with.

~ the jewels ~

To help relieve my all Brownie look, I added a selection of golden brooches, artfully arranged, no less.

~ and my copper colored docs ~

from ebay of course.

And that's a wrap from me, here in Chicago, the land of sub-zero weather.  It was the last day of school and I have a month off.  It was also the day someone (!) dropped my million dollar nearly brand new sewing machine from the desk onto the floor.  Pause.  while I quietly reflect on that.  I am trying to distract myself rather than freaking out.  for now.  yeah.

So, hopefully, Patti and the Visibles will show up for the Not Dead Yet Style party cuz I am ready.  And Catherine's I Will Wear What I Like.  And whatever else is going on out there.

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