But I got to thinking... back in the day, I used to be kind of glamorous. Heck, I was a fashion designer for years, going on research trips to Paris and London. I had silk suits and heels, leather gloves, and Italian handbags. But as the years passed my life changed and my priorities. I worked at home and didn't need suits or uncomfortable shoes. I was busy doing other stuff, being a mom, driving to swim lessons, baking cupcakes and cleaning up cat barf.
Shopping got to be a maddening experience. Cool clothes are easy to find in smaller sizes and cheaper too. Plus size clothing is for the most part frumpy looking, not flattering and hard to find. Old Navy's website sells larger sizes "Exclusively Online!" with an exclamation mark, like it's some kind of bonus feature. I used to wear a lot of J. Jill but they too only sell larger sizes online. I want to try things on before I buy them, thank you very much.
So I decided that if I couldn't find cool clothes that fit me then I would punch fashion in the nose and make them myself.
Here's a list of what I don't have...
• tons of money
• a big closet
• a tall and slender supermodel figure
• a tolerance for uncomfortable clothes
Here's a list of what I do have....
• feet that are practically square, like Barney Rubble after a bad night of bowling
• a hobbit shaped middle-aged lady figure, like a trashbag filled with water balloons
• the ability to put a product line together.
• a fifteen-year-old sewing machine
• manic optimism
So I put together a plus size clothing line for one person, me, and started sewing. Here is what I've made so far... Some pieces missed the mark, like the flannel pants... they are huge. I feel like Kipling's rhino when I wear them, and one of the pockets is backwards. Other pieces are wins. The kimono sweatshirt is amazing, simple, warm, yet much more flattering than a regular sweatshirt.
This is my "to make" page... One of the local JoAnn's is closing so I picked up a shoebox full of patterns, five for a dollar. I bought a bunch of fabric for 75% off. I am set!
I also want to try more tee-shirt hacks and do more tie-dye.
How about you? What would you make if you could make anything? What's your favorite creative activity?
Imagination creates reality.
~ Richard Wagner