Contrary to popular belief, I have not (a) fallen off the face of the Earth or (b) given up on my blog or (c) stopped sewing altogether. I have actually been spending some quality time behind my machine for the past couple of weeks and I have much to show you.
I just haven't had the gumption to get my ass in gear, set up the tripod, fix my hair, slap on some makeup, pick out the proper accessories and climb into my latest creations. I love you all, but apparently not enough to expend any energy on your behalves.
A few weeks back, I had all but lost my sewing mojo. Most of this 'creatus interuptus' stemmed from my overwhelming anxiety. After pulling out all my transition/fall/winter wardrobe and doing the big purge (bye-bye worn-out, out-of-style or I-have-grown-weary-of-you garments), I was left with a sad state of affairs. I had very few remaining cool weather clothing choices. I quickly came to realize that if I didn't start putting in some major Kenmore time, I was going to be standing at the front of my classroom naked. That's bad.
And so the anxiety set in. How in the heck was I going to sew up an entire fall wardrobe in less than a month? That's when I made a startling decision.
I prefer to make the lion's share of my clothing, but sometimes a girl's gotta do what a girl's gotta do. So, I went shopping with my best friend. I didn't expect to find much at the mall, but I was desperate to shore up my waning wardrobe.
And, much to my surprise, I hit the mother lode. Almost every T-shirt, blouse, tank and tunic I tried on was perfect - good colours, good fit, good prices. I came home with 19 tops (yep, 9 + 10 = 19, nineteen) and a much better attitude about my fall prospects. All of a sudden my desire to sew returned and I have been on a roll. I have been focusing mainly on skirts, pants and jackets to turn all my purchases into ensembles that are very Emma Pilsbury/J. Crew-like in vibe. So, stay tuned, when I finally feel like stepping in front of a camera again, I will have much to share.
And just because I hate to put up a picture-less post, check out this absolutely, fabulously, awesomely scrumptious colour-blocked coat (photo at right). As soon as I got the latest Boden catalogue (Autumn 2010), I was instantly smitten with this lovely garment. If I can find three pieces of wool in my stash that are complementary in colour and weight, I will be knocking off this beauty. Oddly enough, prior to receiving the Boden catalogue in the mail, I ordered the Pure & Simple pattern from Cutting Line Designs (photo at left). Coincidence? More like fate...cue Twilight Zone music...