It is becoming clear to me that there will be many lessons learned during this month of wearing handmade clothes. The first? It’s ok to admit that something isn’t working for you. Here is today’s outfit:
Sweater: Blithe, designed by Kim Hargreaves. Blogged here.
Jeans: NY & Co flares
Shoes: Anne Klein
Another lesson to be learned: as in a catalog, a funny pose from me probably means that something is wrong. I liked this sweater after I finished knitting it, but then it sat unloved in my drawer. I had a few requests to use handknits this month, and while I don’t have as many warm weather sweaters I have a few to try. Let me tell you: this sweater does not fit, and I don’t think it ever did. I think I used to be less picky, before I started sewing. Now? It makes me crazy. Here is a head-on shot.
No, I don’t know why I have such a crazy smile here. Anyway, it’s too short, and the sleeves are teeny tiny, like “I feel like I’m in a straightjacket” tight. That’s why it’s off the shoulder here, because it’s slightly more comfortable that way. I was on my way out to the mall, in search of a concert dress. I needed a black dress in a non-wrinkle fabric (matte jersey) that was dressy but went below my knees. I bought one from Ralph Lauren, and we’ll see how that works – I feel super guilty not making one, but to be honest I wasn’t feeling like it – I hate deadline sewing. After I tried on dresses I left this sweater in my bag and wore the tank top – that’s how uncomfortable it was! I also really don’t like the way that it pulls up in the center. So this sweater? It’s going to be going away somewhere, to a friend with a more petite torso.
I like long shirts. I have a long torso (but short waist) and those of you with a long torso know what I mean – it’s torture to have a shirt that just isn’t quite long enough! I’m actually quite happy about the current trend for tunics because I never have to tug at them.
The lovely Robin over at Yarncrawl nominated me for the Beautiful blogger award. Thanks, Robin! Robin is definitely an inspiration, and she was so helpful to me when I started sewing!
This is another of those “share things about yourself” deals, I do love filling out a list (if I can come up with another ten!)
1. I have no “in between” mode in housekeeping. I’m either completely OCD about every speck of dust, or I’m a total slob. Since I have parents and students in my house all the time now I’m trying to find a middle ground, but it’s hard!
2. Earl Grey is my favorite tea. I tend to like things that taste bitter or perfumey, but to be honest I started drinking it because it was what Captain Picard always got from the replicator in Star Trek. I went for a formal tea for the first time, and when asked to make a selection I could literally only think “Earl Grey, hot!”
3. I hate being in a house by myself at night. I tell people it’s because of the break-in we had last year, but in truth I never liked being home alone, it’s just that the break-in reinforced that my fears weren’t actually crazy!
4. My parents were big-time hippies, but I didn’t always live with them (I lived with my paternal Grandmother, as I’ve mentioned before.) Because of that, I have some odd quirks – like, I’m about the most open minded person you can imagine, but I have a strangely conservative sense of style, and I’m always asking people “is my skirt too short” when it’s barely above my knees.
5. I love “old lady” perfumes. I hate modern scents, which either smell like overripe fruit or soap… I like the smell of soap, but it’s not making a statement, you know? I want my perfume to say something. My all-time favorite is Baghari by Robert Piguet. It’s sort of powdery, with vanilla, amber, and jasmine. It bears a similarity to Chanel no. 5, but it’s better (I love no 5, which I also own.) The only modern perfume I wear regularly is Estee Lauder Sensuous, which is very nice, smelling of amber and woods, but not (I must say) as exciting, and I wear it when I need to be unobtrusive (yes, I have a perfume habit – I love the stuff!)
6. I am completely fascinated by sociology, especially feminist sociology. I took a ton of classes in college and considered a minor, but ended up transferring. I recently discovered the blog Sociological Images, and read the whole thing. I constantly analyze things in real life, which I will admit makes people crazy. I read the first Twilight novel and wound up filled with feminist rage, and let me tell you how no one wanted to hear me rant on about it (but I did anyway, because that’s how I am!)
7. I like eccentric people, the odder the better. The first thing my husband said to me was “Want to switch Kroger cards? You never know what they’re using that information for.” I know so many people who strive to be normal and unnoticed… I can’t imagine living that way, and I love people who dare to be themselves no matter what society might say!
Ok, I guess I only got to seven – still, pretty good!
I hope you are all having a great weekend – I bought the dress mentioned above, had some great Indian food, and hit the Joann’s sale for some top patterns (it has become apparent already that I need some, and it’s only the 4th!) I’ll write more about that tomorrow.