Slow Fashion

lempi dress named clothing 2

I’ve been thinking about reviving a few projects that got cast by the wayside this year in favour of other things for one reason or another. One of my ongoing yearly projects is making my own clothes, last year this fell by the wayside and I finished a few items, none of the dresses fit and I still to work on my knitting gauge apparently!

Probably one for the main reasons for this lack of enthusiasm is an ongoing weight issues due mostly to a bout of low-level poor health issues this year a long side ongoing battle with food intolerances that leave me pretty much bloated quite a lot of the time, so a lot of projects I started ended up too small half way through. This is something I’ve had to come to terms with, that and a slowing metabolism thanks to age! This is not a whinge it’s more of a I’ve learned to accept that this is the way things are. Body acceptance in this day an age is just as much an act of radicalism as is body positivity or loving your body but I think that is a subject for another day or I’ll go too off topic. So in short I have learned to accept that I have a fluctuating body shape, some days clothes fit, others they don’t, so for me it’s now about building a wardrobe around that!

Usually I’m trying to always push myself to do more, sew more, knit more, produce more, etc but this is not always productive as this year has shown. I literally came to a standstill and was like what is the point of producing all these clothes just to show that I can! The whole point of me learning to sew all these years ago was to make clothes that suited my personality, fit better than the high street and more sustainable than the current fast fashion, throw away culture we have inherently adopted but somehow I appear to have stumbled off the path slightly, so not making has given me a chance to reassess things. As with anything as time goes on things change, your body changes, your taste changes, trends come and go, so it’s always good to acknowledge those changes or risk getting stuck in a rut. Obviously there is nothing wrong if you’re happy with the way things are, as long as you are happy.

So what’s my next move? Well I think it’s time to start focusing more on quality than quantity and I’ll be applying this to all aspects of my life works and personal. I’ve had a lot of time to do research this year looking for inspiration, ideas and styles and how to express and execute my own style on my blog and though social media to show off my work. Also to focus on taking my skills to the next level as well as learning new ones. To develop on presenting my work better to express myself, I guess that would be presenting my aesthetic/style better. The one thing I would say I’ve taken from my research is to up my game, be more confident in expressing myself and I don’t just mean on twitter screaming into the abyss about how fucked up the world is! I mean artistically.

It’s no longer about doing more, reading more, writing more etc it’s about enjoying what you and getting the most out of that experience. Every year I do the Goodreads challenge which is where you set yourself a number of books to read throughout the year, every year I fail to reach my target, not because I set a high number of books but because as my OH said to me it kind of takes the fun out of reading because you’re always thinking about the next book, so next year I’m not doing it! I’m not setting any challenges, yes I have goals but no challenges. I will make clothes, I will learn the techniques I need to make them I have a vague list of items that I want to learn to make, trousers, a coat, lingerie etc but that’s about as far as I have got. There will be no I’m going to write three blog posts a week, I will still be blog as and when probably aiming for at least once a week as long as I feel it’s worth publishing. I’m letting of go of stats and numbers and followers, I’m not failing because I’m not keeping up to set standards, I’m just following my own path. I get I might be repeating myself a bit over these posts but constantly reminding yourself of the objective is okay to keep you on track.

That saying I’m not knocking those who enjoy a good challenge, if that is what you need to do thrive and excel then go for it and I wholeheartedly encourage it but if you’re not enjoying it then maybe take a step back and ask yourself why? I want to enjoy making my clothes and much as I do wearing them, we seem to have lost the art of enjoying things as we constantly focus on how much work we are producing instead of focusing on why we are producing that work.

Not a new idea I know but I will be concentrating on the finer details when it comes to creating, so I guess a less is more theme to next year’s creativity. In other news I will be returning to my blogging roots and writing more about creativity and clothes, mostly making clothes, influences and trends etc but mostlyย  will be focusing on the quality of my work because I think that is what really counts.



The Selfish Knit Along

To help me get this Me Made Wardrobe off the ground I’ve joined The Selfish Knit Along hosted by Andi Satterlund. The KAL runs from the 26th December (Boxing Day) until the 14th February 2016, there are 17 patterns to choose from and you can get all the details of the challenge here.
I’ve already knitted two of her patterns, the Miette and the Hetty. The Miette was the first cardigan I ever knitted myself. Despite knitting for years, most of it has been for other people, so the fact that I have knitted two cardigans for myself this year is a bit of an achievement in my books. I started with the Miette because the pattern was free and I wanted to see if I liked it. The thing I liked most about this pattern was the knit from the top down style and that there is practically no sewing, as with most of her patterns, they either involve picking up stitches or leaving them on hold whilst knitting the rest of the garment. I really hate sewing together knitted items, mainly because I’m so bad at it, in fact the only sewing really required with these patterns is the buttons and weaving in the ends, so these are perfect for me. I made this a little small and there are few unnoticeable mistakes but I considered this to be a practice run anyway but the Miette is a perfect summer cardigan to go over a dress, so will be making a few more I think. So I bought a few more patterns as I could always do with some more knitwear and different styles in my wardrobe..
I’ve also knitted a Hetty, it’s in a very dark teal colour and I had a little trouble figuring out the pattern on the sleeve but I just charted it instead. I work much better with charted patterns than written ones, so this has nothing to do with the pattern writer. But this one turned out a little better than the first but practice makes perfect right?
So for my third cardigan and this KAL I’m going to knit an Agatha. I did start this a while back but got caught up preparing for the Christmas season so am going to start again because also I’m not sure the wool is right for the project. I have quite a bit of wool to use up in my stash so I’m not sure what colour yet but will obviously be charting my progress on here.