I tend to think of fabric, yarn, thread, ribbon, etc. as my "art materials." And though I try not to spend a ridiculous amount on them, I rarely never scrimp at thrift stores or garage sales. The upside of this is that I have a lot of raw materials to work with. The down side is that I have A LOT of raw materials--some of it unlovely-- and limited storage space.
Another issue I have is my skin tone, which my husband describes as a "lovely olive color." Sadly, this lovely color (which changes with the seasons) can look horribly sallow next to anything yellow, yellowish or yellow-like. Last week I decided to get rid of some of my fabric that will never look good on me and is making my space unuseable. I dragged my husband to the bedroom where my stash was strewn spread, and made him help me decide what to Get Rid Of. (Remember GRO ?)
This how it sounded:
Me: How about this ?
Him: Umm. . .hmm, not really.
Me: Not really what? It's pretty!
Him: Well, it doesn't do anything for you.
Me: Okay, what about this?
Him: You're kidding right ?
Me: But I like it.
Him: Those pink chickens make weird lines.
Me: It's fun! That's the pattern: chickens. . in lines.
Him: What would you make with it? You hate chickens. And that color, it doesn't do anything for you.
Me: Alright, What about his?
Him: Those flowers look like. . . that floor tile you see in public bathrooms.
Me: Hmm, that's true. But it's so soft.
Him: It has yellow in it too-- It doesn't do anything for you.
Can you tell he is afflicted with Minnesota Nice ? an aversion to confrontation, a tendency toward understatement, a disinclination to make a fuss or stand out, and emotional restraint (defn. via wikipedia).
So everything that didn't "do anything" for me went into a bag to get rid of.
At the end of this session, I picked up a ridiculous pillow sham that I used to use as a sewing machine dust cover and asked him if I should consider making a skirt from it.
"That," he said with no restraint, "should stay a dust cover!"
It's the first in series of Ridiculous Summer Refashioned Wardrobe Builders Representing Different Fashion Decades (RSRWBRDFD). (I am still working on the pronunciation of that one.) As I mentioned to the lovely Jessica awhile back, I was becoming paralyzed by trying to make the perfect summer clothes. I think this theme is bizarre and difficult enough to keep me sewing for awhile.
It's supposed to look like one of those late 70's prairie skirts. When I wear it people stare. I'm not sure why. Probably because I live in Minnesota and they are too polite to comment.
So, has anyone else ignored well-meant sartorial advice lately? Want to join in with the ridiculous movement ?
- fabric: thrifted 50/50 cotton poly pillow sham. 80's vintage. (The ruffle went around the whole outer edge and took me an hour to unpick.)
- notions: thread, zipper: thrifted
- pattern: none. The front is one rectangle, the back is two small rectangles with a center back zipper. Ruffle is 2.5 times longer than the skirt bottom and the waistband is my waist plus 2" (1" for ease and 1" for seam allowance.)
- cost: 3.50 ?
- time: ripping serged ruffle out= 1.5 hours, sewing= 1.5 hours (mostly sewing the damn ruffle back in.