I want to sew more garments, but until things settle a bit for me, I'll be doing them here and there, and salivating over Adrienne's creations.
To get me sewing on it now, a garment has to be easy peasy, and I have to be able to envision myself wearing it until it's threadbare, because that's what I like to do.
Several projects in my much adored Sew Everything Workshop meet these criteria. If you don't own this book, please don't tell me about it, unless you're some kind of sewing savant and could write such a thing yourself.
Around the time I decided to live free and like what I like, I acknowledged to myself that two things I like are skirts and dresses. I like them so much that I wear them a lot more than pants. Of the two, I find skirts more wearable, because there are fewer fit issues. (Especially for someone with childbearing hips and the chest circumference of a squirrel.) I dream of sewing up a passel of skirts in oodles of colors and fabrics I love (mostly corduroy and denim -- y'all know). Having taken inventory of my closet, I see that this dream isn't frivolity, I am actually suffering a dearth of skirts these days.
I mentioned easy peasy, right? Well that excludes zippers more than it possibly should. But it includes this wonderful classic -- the wrap skirt.
Wrap skirt patterns aren't hard to come by. I'm sure I own at least one more, but the one in Sew Everything epitomizes simplicity because of author Diana Rupp's great instructions. (The book comes with ten paper patterns.) Last year I made this skirt in the brown corduroy fabric that I seem to want to eat for dinner. With my hips in mind I made the large. I wear it all the time, but could definitely have made the medium, so this time I did. Wrap skirts have a lot of room for growth and shrinkage, which is what a girl needs. Plus, do I even need to mention the deliciousness of the A-line shape, which is flattering on everyone and good for really bad dancing?
For my next skirt, I am planning to fly solo. No pattern. I'm going to take an old favorite, trace around it, and sew up a new version.