|I sketch in this little book. Ideas are quickly forgotten these days so I must write them down!|
|Nothing fancy, it is one of those little journal books from Joann's, last year, on sale! I keep it by my computer, desk, television so that I can jot down what ever catches my attention.|
No Ready to Wear means No Ready to Wear. Period. Well except underwear, shoes and purses which I don't make anyway, though I am in awe of those who do.
- Monday, Jan 1-holiday, no problem, who shops on New Years Day, right?
- Tuesday, Jan 2-clearance sales all over QVC. TV droning in background. I will not look...oh look at that cute t-shirt with the grommet trim on the neckline! 50% off! STEP AWAY FROM THE TV.
- Wednesday, Jan 3-I found a half dozen sweaters with tags still on, shame, shame. Vaguely remember buying them on clearance but never wore them. Purging and curating the closet is vital to the project. I will wear these, this Winter.
- Thur, Jan 4- out and about, studying coats worn by everyone around me, it is bitter cold today. I have seen some nice coats, lots of "puffers" even a fur, some sort of fox I think. Poor little critters. You will not see me in any animal furs, ever. I have some nice faux collars, coats etc.
- Fri, Jan 5- big decision of the day, trace or cut the pattern??? I have decided to cut this one. Since it fairly simple, no design lines per se, it is easy to grade up or down. I am cutting a med-large size. I have found that I often have to tweak patterns down. Not that I have changed but I think that vanity sizing is at work in most patterns these days.
The News of the day...Style Arc Patterns are on Sale!
These patterns do not often have price reductions. I buy mine on Amazon, I just can't justify the cost of shipping from Austrailia. What I like about Style Arc is the simple design lines, the versatility of the pattern to adjust to my currently casual lifestyle. However, I can take a simple top and use a more upscale fabric and the look is entirely different. There were several that I have been considering but did not purchase because of the price. A few dollars off felt like getting a free pattern in the end. In warm weather I thoroughly enjoy a loose fitting dress. This can fill a number of requirements and again, one of those dresses with simple but sophisticated lines that can morph from casual to dressy with fabric choice. It is the Jacinta Knit Dress.
The Esme Knit Top is one I have himmed and hawed about forever. I kept saying to myself, I have a couple patterns, very similar to this in the stash. I do but I just think I needed it. You know what I mean. I won't have to re-draft the neckline, those little side vents (you know I am really keen on side vents) are already included and flare out...just a wee bit from the side seam.
There are a few more and I will show them soon. These two were my favorites of the 5 I chose. I have a bit of Ponte, lightweight and medium weight.
- have you been able to resist retail? If you have slipped a bit out of your personal comfort zone, don't worry nothing bad will happen. Sometimes I think you have to re-think the project as it applies to you. Rather than NO ready to wear you might just say...no T shirts. Maybe for just 3 months. Then adjust from there.
- have you sorted out your dressing style and determined your needs?
- I am still sorting patterns, that has helped me narrow down the style I plan for this wardrobe which will be warm weather, some travel and totally comfortable.