That is the question.
You know, I had fully intended to join the SWAP contest this year. I had everything planned out - the patterns, the colors, the fabrics, and even which fabric I'd order from Timmel Fabrics to officially enter the SWAP contest. It was great, too! It was a work wardrobe that transitioned from winter to spring, with the wardrobe pattern being one of my latest eBay finds, the Helen Rose Advance wardrobe pattern along with other vintage patterns (it's in the Parting Shot of this post). I named it "Timeless Transitions". Add those 11 pieces that will integrate nicely into the work wardrobe I already have and I'd be set for teaching for another couple of years.
Do I really *need* more work clothes? Not really, I've got plenty. What I could really use is a better casual wardrobe. A wardrobe in which I be comfortable, yet put together and chic (like Erica B. - she's got great style!). Alright, all I need to do is find a wardrobe pattern from which to start planning. Right. Therein is the problem. I have looked through 5 pattern company's worth of wardrobe patterns (the Big 4 and Burda) and have found very few patterns that I like - my beloved Vogue 2925, Vogue 2865 and one I can't remember from Burda.
You've got to be joking!
Absolutely not. The problem is, I'm actually very particular about what I make for myself. For the most part, either the entire wardrobe didn't do it for me, or else only one piece did or the pattern only had a jacket and bottom and not the third piece to satisfy this year's "Timmel Twist". I don't want to spend time making pieces that I won't wear, just to be able to be in a contest. That's just plain silly.
I have spent a lot of time over the last few days going through every online fabric store looking for the right fabric to "hit me" just right. I've only found a handful and they're not playing together. I like stripes, plaids, solids, boucles and paisleys and it's not easy to find ones in the colors I'm considering (brights: red, yellow, green, blue, orange.) Gorgeous Fabrics has some really nice things and Emma One Sock does, too.
Yikes. You are picky.
Exactly. I don't feel it's worth my time to make garments that I really don't love in every aspect - style, color and fit. (Yes, I'm still on the fence about the sweater!) So, I'm still trying to decide if I want to do SWAP at all. I've been percolating on this about a week now, and I'm not coming to any definite groups of garments/fabrics that really makes me 100% happy. Some of the titles I've come up with are "June Cleaver: Redefined" and "Black and Brights" and "House Dress Makeover". I'll let your imagination fill in what those SWAPs would contain. I'm going to give it a few more months and a few more visits to brick and mortar fabrics stores and then make a final decision. I've got plenty of time!
Meanwhile, my daughter's dress is underway and I should have it finished tomorrow - it needs final assembly, a zipper, buttons/buttonholes and a hem. I'm also making fantastic progress on redoing the vines for MG.
Parting Shots: Mini Photo Essay by my son. He brought home a plant today from school and wanted to take a picture of it. Since I was in the studio and could watch him, I let him have the camera. First he took pictures of me sewing, then he worked on the plant pictures. He rejected the first two pictures because he didn't like the background and then started various methods of photographing it on the black tiles. Interesting what captures the mind of a 6 year old.