Dudes, I adore my two boys but I NEED to rediscover who I am when I’m not Mummy. I need to reform my own identity and I’ve been trying to work out how to do that whilst juggling all the other commitments that make up life – you know; being a mother, wife, employee so I can help pay the bills, and supporting the school and Beavers (the youngest level of Scouting), swimming lessons… The list goes on!
I have to admit that SewBusyLizzy has been the voice of reason on a number of occasions and I am so happy that sewing has brought me this friendship! Lizzy is a one woman power house and crams an insane amount into each 24hr period but also manages to (mostly!) find time for herself. So I’m following her advice and carving some time out for me.
Some of it involves sewing (hurrah!) & some involves a new gym membership (also hurrah for me, but boring for you guys!).
Sewing is my happy place, its something that easily gets me into a state of flow where everything else just melts away. However, Husband is currently wandering around with a tape measure and is preparing to deploy the sledge hammer… This means that I am going to have to clear everything out of the office so that it can be partitioned to create a utility room that will be accessed from our kitchen. Holes will be knocked in walls.
I really want, in fact NEED, to do some sewing that isn’t repairing holes in A’s trousers. So I’m planning to put together three or four ‘kits’ so that I can keep some projects accessible along with my machines on the dining table. I want to be as sure as I can that these projects will be successful and really help kickstart my sewing again. So I’ve been having a real think about what it is I want to sew and what it is I need to sew.
I’ve been reading into-mind a lot recently. It’s a site that Sarai referenced as part of the Colette Wardrobe Architect series a few years ago. I have always meant to work through that series properly but never really got round to it. The guidelines and articles on into-mind have resonated more with me and I have actually been doing some of the exercises suggested. This has really helped me define what it is I want to wear and also enabled me to put together a colour palette.
I find this really exciting as until now I have always been very whimsical with my sewing and simply made whatever I wanted with no real plan in place. I have sewn for events where a little more planning has been involved but thats been the limit of my considered, thought out sewing.
I’ve created a whole Pinterest board with images of outfits and colours that make me happy and that I aspire to. It’s all very predictable in a lot of ways – fit and flare silhouettes, shirt dresses, pencil skirts, flared skirts, jeans. I aspire to be far more ‘put together’ than I actually am. Two things that it has really opened my eyes to though are the proportions I like and also the colours!
In terms of form, I like a fitted top with a more voluminous bottom, and vice versa but the waist is always defined. So pencil skirts with draped blouses or a flowing maxi or a circle skirt with a fitted tank or t-shirt.
Colour wise, I used my board to create a colour palette using Gillian’s tutorial on Crafting a Rainbow.
Those that know me will not be surprised that navy and purple dominate with other cool tones and the odd pop of red, gold, turquoise and cobalt. I’m also drawn to tropical prints and large scale florals too.
As a result I’m re-evaluating the fabrics in my collection and re-homing those that don’t suit the wardrobe I now want to sew. There will still be some crazy or whimsical prints in there though because I’m too weak to resist and every wardrobe needs a wild card or two!
I’ll pull together my final kits over the weekend (as well as a few Anderson blouses that need finishing and a pencil skirt that has been waiting for a hem since January…) and share them next week. I haven’t been this motivated to find the time to sew for far too long!