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Message Board > Creative Sewing > are you a practical or whimsical sewist? ( Moderated by Lynnelle)

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Date: 1/1/13 10:19 AM

someone recently asked me why I was making a dress which was "a bit dressy for work". Its true where I work does not require very formal/smart attire. For my main job I am not customer facing and there is no real need to sew/buy expensive outfits.

Having said all that, I really like making things which a) I could never justify buying as the combination of fabric, fit and style would be too much b) I cant FIND that kind of thing locally anyway.

I'm slowly (but happily) putting a creative wardrobe together, for no one else's enjoyment but mine.

So, when you pick a pattern and decide to make it, do you think a) practical or b) no I dont necessarily need it but it will make me happy, so what the heck?

I'm curious, as you cant often tell from the reviews what kind of lifestyle someone has, so you dont know if it is A or B.

There is of course a C (which I havent got to quite yet!) which is are you still making items when your wardrobe is already full because you enjoy the making process so much?
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Date: 1/1/13 10:32 AM

I am a typical B!!
In fact I do sew all my clothes myself.I don't have a fantastic amount of clothes
The ones I really need are not many...
The ones I love are the others and that's more than what I really need. I hope to keep it that way

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Date: 1/1/13 12:53 PM

You don't really think I wear a pink damask corset to work every day, do you? LOL Yeah. When people ask me what I do with the garments that I sew, I tell them it's mostly wearable art, and for the 45 weeks a year when our local Renaissance Fair is NOT going on, they live on my dress form. I don't sew nearly fast enough to spend my time making regular clothes to wear all the time!

That said, I do tend toward more practical garment choices for the historical clothing I make--stuff that will stand up to mud and dogs. Just like my regular wardrobe!

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Date: 1/1/13 1:42 PM

Ha! See my avatar? That is the kind of stuff I spend most of my sewing time on. Very much like stirwatersblue, there are many, many more days that I wear stuff I still haven't got around to learning (jeans, t-shirts, undies) that I have purchased than wearing things I made.

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Date: 1/1/13 7:57 PM

I guess I tend toward practical. I sew mostly tops and pants with a few jackets in between.

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Date: 1/1/13 8:01 PM

Whimsical with an eye towards making things I can wear! lol

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Date: 1/1/13 8:10 PM

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Ha! See my avatar? That is the kind of stuff I spend most of my sewing time on.

Tourist, I have to admit, I really do picture you at the childcare center wearing that swirly blue ballgown!! The power of avatars, I guess!

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Date: 1/1/13 8:15 PM

Because sewing is expensive, I do it for the creative outlet--not the practicality. I do occasionally repair things we already own for practical reasons, but sewing in general is my creative outlet.

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Date: 1/1/13 8:47 PM

stirwatersblue - and I picture you washing dishes and doing household chores dressed as your avatar, as well. Somehow it is always housework for some reason. This is my day to day look. Though I confess some of the little girls at work would probably LOVE it if I dressed that way. Maybe next year for Halloween.

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Date: 1/1/13 8:48 PM

stirwatersblue - and I picture you washing dishes and doing household chores dressed as your avatar, as well. Somehow it is always housework for some reason. This is my day to day look. Though I confess some of the little girls at work would probably LOVE it if I dressed that way. Maybe next year for Halloween.

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