I am still sewing over here. Does anyone come here to see those kinds of things anymore? It has been a while since I was able to share anything about making things. It is an interesting place to be, moving so much out of my life and loving a craft that creates more stuff. The Cooper bag is still going strong after a couple months constant use. I love it and my husband doesn't even mind carrying it.
Most crafters have a "stash." This is just a nicer word to use than hoard I think. At least, in my case. I'm struggling to figure out how to balance. My goal for the rest of this year is to only use fabric I already have. I can buy a pattern or the notions but no more fabric for a little while. I have many ideas about what I'd like to create in the coming weeks and months, especially since I am trying to set up a capsule wardrobe.
In trying to start this right away I noticed that there is a huge imbalance in my closet. I own about 75% patterned items. Stripes, flowers, geometric. You name it, I have it. The funniest part about this? I like what I look like best in solid, simpler clothing. A gray shirt and my favorite jeans and I somehow feel like a million bucks. And anything in chambray.
So I made myself a deal. Only solid bottoms and patterns are reserved for tops. I found I couldn't pare down my closet like I'd like to because my items don't match in a more interchangeable way. Because I have so many patterned items! I have one solid skirt right now. One. I wear skirts almost daily. I am always struggling to make matches because of this. After struggling to create a capsule wardrobe I am at least aware of what is going on. Obviously I love patterned fabrics. I'm not giving them up, just restricting them to one half of the outfit. It shouldn't be too hard. If I replace some of the patterned items for a blue skirt and a gray skirt they should match every item I own and all the fabric I have in the studio.
All of this to say I made a tank top from fabric that had been wasting away as an old failed dress idea in my