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Has sewing changed your fashion style?
do you dress differently now than before you made your own clothes?
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Date: 4/21/14 8:37 PM

I was thinking today about how I dress now versus before I really started sewing a lot of my wardrobe and I was wondering if others have had a transformation of their wardrobes since sewing.

I know I have more prints in my wardrobe then I would have if I never took up sewing. I used to dress much more plainly when I bought most of my clothes (except when I was in high school and college).

I always wore lots of dresses and skirts, but they tended to be in neutrals and now I have a lot more color in my wardrobe and a lot more vintage-influenced styles.

How has sewing changed what you wear? Or maybe it hasn't...please share as well!

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Date: 4/21/14 10:54 PM

Yes. I can't wear off the rack women's tops because they absolutely do not fit (sleeves waaaaay too short, collar too small, bust too large, hips too small, multi combination problem). In college, I wore jeans with men's shirts layered with t-shirts and flannel shirts, which was acceptable in the grunge/post-grunge time period, especially as an engineering major.

If I hadn't taken up sewing in grad school, I have no idea what I would be wearing now. I hate dresses and skirts, still can't find misses tops that come close to fitting, plus I am not a fan of the past 10+ years of womens fashion. Possibly I would still be wearing mostly items from the men's department of LL Bean....

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Date: 4/21/14 11:57 PM

When I started, RTW wasn't as bad as it is now. I could go into a department store and buy clothes that fit. And it's not that I gained so much weight (I have gained some in the last 20 years), it's the clothes suck.

I've always been a little edgy in my dressing, but in the 90s when I was younger, I couldn't afford to dress how I wanted to...even down to those stupid rayon challis sun dresses with tee shirts (which were about $100 in 1993, and I made a whopping $4.25 an hour). Fabric was simply cheaper.

Hasn't changed. I still dress edgy for my area, but after kids, a little growing up, I no longer need those $800 cocktail dresses. My inspiration isn't Paris and Milan but Barcelona and São Paulo. Resort fits my life.

Color and print has always been a huge part of my life, even back in my own grunge/goth days. I had to be the only pesudo Victorian in neon orange in the world at the time. And I know I was the only one in a hot pink/orange/lime flannel shirt at the Nirvana concert with matching Converse Hello Kitty sneaks. I made the shirt to match those shoes, which I miss by the way.

So...yes, some has changed. I live in the country where high fashion is out of place and the city style went the way of the dodo. My own life changed where resort was better for it, but I always have been huge on color. There are still times where I do the high fashion for whatever reason, but I live in resort.

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Date: 4/22/14 8:21 AM

Quote: Kwaaked
the city style went the way of the dodo.

I love this!

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Date: 4/22/14 8:34 AM

I've always been drawn to clothing that has an arty edge, whether in color/pattern or in style. It's not so much that sewing has changed my taste, but my taste is more achievable through sewing. I used to prefer buying basics like t shirts to layer with things I'd made. Now I prefer to make a nicer shirt to wear by itself or make the whole outfit.

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Date: 4/22/14 9:11 AM

Quote: biochemistress
It's not so much that sewing has changed my taste, but my taste is more achievable through sewing.

My thoughts exactly! I like funky prints and vintage details. I am definitely able to create clothes now that better reflect my style. Everything looks the same in RTW, especially in the mass market retailers I can afford to shop at.

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Date: 4/22/14 1:05 PM

I would say yes, sewing has changes the way I dress.
For me, I feel like I'm a tween; although I might be able to pay for some of the current fashions, I feel like they're too young for me.
On the other end of the spectrum, some of the clothing geared towards the mature woman is too mature. So sewing gives me the opportunity to address being in between those two fashion statements.
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Date: 4/22/14 2:26 PM

Yes, in part because I can make what I like in colours I like. vs having to deal with the colour palette of some stylists choice (which I often do not like)
Also as clothes fit better in my colours it looks nicer and I feel more confident. Style wise not much else has changed I think

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Date: 4/22/14 2:45 PM

Hmmm. This is an interesting question.

My wardrobe is driven by work. I can't wear skirts/dresses/sleeveless to work. I wouldn't wear anything too nice like silk or cashmere or anything as it might get ruined. So I wear pants and a shirt or shell and cardigan/jacket. Everyday.

Boring.

So I make stuff for work...but I try to make a more "FUN" wardrobe for weekends so that I'm not schlepping around in yoga pants and a sweatshirt every weekend.

In my "former life", I worked in Human Resources. I really miss that wardrobe. Pretty skirts and dresses. Suits. "fancy" lined pants and skirts. And heels. I miss wearing high heels!!!! :-)

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Date: 4/22/14 2:47 PM

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-- Edited on 4/22/14 4:20 PM --

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My Big 4 Sizing: Medium | Tops 14/16 | Pants 18 | Skirts 16/18.

My Measurements: 36 HB | 38.5 FB | 34 W | 44 Hip

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