Despite ordering the book 10 seconds (that's no exaggeration) after it was first announced on the blog back in the summer, it only arrived on my doorstep last week. And, even worse, it was left whimpering in the cupboard under the stairs for a whole day, after I'd tossed it there, thinking it was yet another Christmas present for my kids. Anyway I digress, it's a wonderful, wonderful book and I've been trying to read it slowly and savour it ever since, but it's difficult to do!
In one of the chapters, Sarai discusses how we plan both what we wear and what we decide to make for ourselves. She suggests an exercise of picking out five things that you love to wear and why - which in turn, may give you clues on how to build a wardrobe around the qualities that are important to you. I found both Tasia's and Karen's choices really interesting, but I was also very intrigued to read comments from their readers. It's amazing how much of your personality and essence readers can glean from your blog: how you dress and how you write and what it says about you. So, completely jumping on the bandwagon, here are my five choices.
1. and 2. Beignet Skirt and Hillbilly Blouse
Beignet was one of the first things I ever made and probably the garment I've worn most. Before I started sewing my own clothes I wouldn't have gone within 50 miles of a high waistband, but since the Beignet I've realised how flattering a high waistband is for my body shape.
I also like:
The colour (ahem)
The contrast buttons - they make me so happy just to look at them
The secret polka dot facings and pockets
What do I like?
The vintage fit and shape - it's from a 1950's pattern
The fabric, I just can't resist gingham
3. Pendrell Blouses
third wasn't so successful as I made the sleeveless version which for me, just didn't work. I've since added sleeves so hope to get a lot more wear out of it in the warmer weather as the fabric is so lovely.
I especially like:
The flattering princess seams on the pattern
The longer length (interestingly the first one looks better untucked whilst the second one is more flattering tucked in, make of that what you will)
It's a practical blouse but the ruffle sleeves give it slightly more of a dressed up feel.
4. Sailor Trousers
the trousers I've been waiting for all my life. I can't really say much more than that.
5. Parfait Dress
I've only worn this a few times as it's very much a sun dress and I live in the UK (!) But the Parfait ties together everything I set out to do when I started dressmaking.
So there, that's me in a nutshell. My choice is based on what I've worn the most and what is quintessentially me. Quite a lot of my handmade garments all work with each other but I like the fact that there are a few wild cards in my wardrobe (not many though!). I don't think you need to be Einstein to work out the patterns that appear in my handmade clothes, do you?!
That was a great exercise to do, why don't you try it? Have a great weekend everybody. x