We all have our own style a signature look, so much so, your best friend could quickly pick out what you would probably wear.
"This is so such and such..." or " I could easily see such and such in this..." they would exclaim.
Then why is it when you have the ability to sew, often times others have an expectation that you should make something out of your ordinary?
"Didn't you sew something like that already?" or "You always use that color palette."
These are observations that may cause the sewer to question their choice in style, pressuring them to create something that is truly not who they are as a person.
However, before you state your opinion on the item made, look into your own closet. Do you not see a common theme and/or silhouette? Styles you have learned, over time, that most falter your figure?
Simpy because someone can sew does not mean that all pattern designs will work well with the sewers body type.
You will probably never see me in pleats, I carry my weight in my midsection and greatly dislike how I look in them. I generally stay away from anything with a lot of details, preferring clean simple lines, allowing the fabric I have chosen to be the star of the show.
Does that mean I am incapable of making such intricate garments? By no means, I can be very detailed in my sewing, but should I have to prove my technical skills as a seamstress with every garment that I make?
The Wrap Dress:
Butterick's classic B5030 and a lovely wrap knit B6054
Without hesitation I would say the wrap dress is my signature piece. It is the most flattering silhouette on my body shape, garnering me the most compliments.
Tom and Linda Platt V1435 & Kay Unger V1183
Designers Kay Unger & Tom and Linda Platt fit well into my style profile. Both designers tend to have clean and simple lines, with just enough unique details to make a stand out garment of choice.
Retro & Vintage:
Butterick's Retro B6018 & Vogue's Vintage V8788
I've always enjoyed dresses of the 40's & 50's, they seem lend a sense of femininity and grace to the one wearing them. These dress styles tend to be universally flattering on most, if not all body types, causing no one to feel left out of the trend.
Variety the spice of life:
Misses top B6685 & skirt B4686
With separates you have endless combinations, an easy way to quickly bring variety to your wardrobe. They are often quick and easy makes, a way to clean your pallet after a completing a more advanced pattern.
Ready to wear:
Although I enjoy sewing there are some things I will continue to buy ready to wear. These would included pants, sweaters and under garments.
Don't get me wrong, there may be a time that I will get the itch to make one of these items, if so I will be sure to blog about the experience.
Now it is your turn, let me know in the comments what is your style of choice and why?
Until next time.................