If you could find me a 35 (or 50, or 65) year old with an average build who
- knows how to dress herself
- shops thrift and handmade
- alters her own clothes
- builds her own clothes
- doesn’t buy fast fashion
- doesn’t get/wear promo gifts from major designers
- makes low-heeled shoes seem super-awesome
- looks generally bad-ass and
- has an engaging writing style then
- I’d be all over that.
Realistically aspirational, is what I'm saying. For those of us who want to make better, more interesting choices, and who don't have time to do sun-kissed photo shoots in a meadow afterward. I guess what I want is for someone exactly like me (except motivated and more put-together) to start a style/project blog. Anyone?
In related news, I altered two pairs of pants like a month ago, which was an eye-opening experience because I did it properly (I think), taking the waistband and buttcrack seam apart completely before putting them back together smallened. Presto (several hours later), pants that fit, except one pair is made of that spandex-impregnated fabric that only fits you when it's freshly washed and dried and is drooping off you by the end of the day. Oh well. I have learned.
I still don't really know how to sew properly, though I think I am on my way. It's on my life list (along with making a dress from a vintage pattern and stash fabric, of which I have mucho, despite being a non-sewer). I let out the sleeves on a dress with too-tight sleeves, and now the sleeves fit. Sleeves. Sleeves. Sleeves. One of the weirdest words we have. I wonder if the singular was ever "sleef"? I also have a few other projects going, which I will tell you about in bullet form:
- Making wool cycling/hiking knickerbockers out of some tragic pleated men's suit pants. Have you ever investigated wool cycling knickers on the interweb? Them shits are expensive, especially if you strongly suspect that the standard sizes won't fit your impressive thighs. B.Spoke Tailor will custom make a pair for you for $200, which is a totally appropriate price for a custom wool item but too much of a commitment when I don't even know if I'll like them in person. So I crawled Goodwill for some old wool pants to slice up as an experiment, and I found some good ones. The fabric is excellent superfine merino gabardine and I have hacked and pinned it--just have to figure out how/whether to articulate the knees and how to finish off the cuffs and then sew it all up. And then I will look like a proper hipster tool. Especially since I still haven't replaced my old bike and can't stop vacillating about the type of bike I want. I want all the bikes, but can only buy one.
- Remaking this dress so that it's less aggressively 80s:
So far I've hemmed the skirt and the sleeeeeves (they buttoned at the cuffs and were always too short) and cut out the neckline. Hacked hem remnant (hemnant?) will be used for belting purposes.
- Altering a fleece hoodie that I bought on super-sale at the natural foods co-op in Iowa earlier this year (so you know how it probably looks). The aim is not to look like a neo-folk earth-fairy when I wear it, so the long pointy hood has to go. I might make the point into a catnip toy, but Ace has shown total disregard for all cat toys except string.
(expanded from a post at my weak-ass tumblr site.)