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Date: 9/17/09 3:26 PM

I've joined the wardrobe contest and as I look at my choices I wonder if I'm sewing for a life I had (Northeast), or want to have, where things are a little more conservative, instead of the Southeast where people just do not dress up, but are usually just wearing very comfortable casual light clothing. Am I living another life through my wardrobe & fabric choices?

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Date: 9/17/09 3:59 PM

I looked at this question another way:

As a grandma who doesn't have any dressy office to go to, fancy balls to attend, or exotic locales to visit, I'm dressing for the life I have -- chasing toddlers, helping out kids where needed, volunteering, and casual dining out. There are still things in the closet I may get to wear once a year.
Who gets to dress up cute and go out a lot--those under 5 and their moms! So I sew for them.

I'm glad dressing your kids and yourself fashionably wasn't such a big deal when mine were small--now it seems ya gotta have those designer jeans on and heels while hauling them to dance class or somewhere....

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Date: 9/17/09 4:24 PM


What an interesting question! This has provided me with a provoking subject upon which I will think over the next few days.
My sewing to date has been for others, and the few items that I have cut out for myself are not finished and still hanging. 2 of those items are for dressier occasions that will not be worn often, and the other is for shopping or general daily wear. Thanks for asking the question.

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Date: 9/17/09 4:43 PM

These days I sew much more for the life I have. I used to sew for some imaginary life where I got to wear lots more formal wer and serious vintage (because that was what I liked to make), but now I've come to the conclusion that sewing for my existing life is better because I actually get to wear what I sew.

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Date: 9/17/09 4:46 PM

That is a very good question.

I recently turned 40 and had my second child, and realized how frumpy and dowdy my wardrobe had become. I started sewing first for my baby daughter, now I'm sewing primarily for myself. I've always been hard to fit--tall, busty, with long legs. Most "tall" inseams aren't long enough for me. Most everything available for tall women is frumpy and/or cheaply made and only made in a few colors.

Now that I I have my eyes opened to the possibility of creating stylish clothes, I do feel as if I'm sewing for the life I have (working mom and wife) and also wearing clothes for the life I have.

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Date: 9/17/09 4:51 PM

Since I no longer work, I lead a very casual life. But I've always wanted to learn to sew tailored jackets, and for the past six months, I've been trying to learn how to make them.

The pleasure I get from designing and constructing an item is independent of whether or not I "need" it. Honestly, if I limited myself to sewing the tee shirts, one side seam pants and zip up jackets I wear every day, I'd be bored to tears.

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Date: 9/17/09 5:10 PM

I try to sew for the life I have, but I do shop for fabric for some other life in addition to the practical things I need. I love all sorts of fancy fabrics and sometimes order them online. When they come I think, "I can't/won't wear that." Oh well.

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Date: 9/17/09 5:22 PM

Hmm, good question.

Both, I guess. I don't need to dress as nice as I do for work, but it's fun so I make jackets and blouses and nice pants/skirts.

I DO go overboard on dresses. I'm not really that feminine, but I have this fetish for dresses. Don't ask me why.

I don't sew much for my non-working life--that's jeans and t-shirts, for the most part.

I am going to tackle some mountain biking shorts, and I have made some base and mid layers for snowmobiling/snowboarding. Just for fun, because most of the stuff you can buy is white or black.

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Date: 9/17/09 5:36 PM

I'd also answer 'both'.

My workplace is pretty business casual, but we're in NYC so it's always okay to wear something relatively fabulous, although I never get super 'dressy' or wear suits.

I think I'm more inclined to wear things if I've made them. Sometimes I'll buy something thinking I'll definitely wear it, but then I rarely do. If I've made it, I really try to fit it into my wardrobe, so I can enjoy (and show off) the fruits of my labors. 'Forcing' myself (kind of) to wear something happens more with my every day clothes than with the stuff I'd wear to work. What I mean is that I have to force myself to get out of my usual routine; most of the time I schlub around in the same old stuff on the weekends, and almost never wear a skirt or dress when I'm not going to work. But having stuff I've made in my wardrobe kind of forces me to up the ante, and wear something maybe a little bit nicer than I would have otherwise. I'm starting to branch out into making myself casual wear. Usually, I just buy that stuff because it's cheap, and I'd rather spend my sewing time on something gorgeous people will see. But I'm branching out into the comfy weekender stuff, too, like yoga pants. No reason I can't sew for both parts of my life!

I'm definitely willing to be a little bit more risky with the clothes I sew, too. Not too risky, since I don't want to spend time and money on something that could turn out to be a nightmare on me. But I'll go out on a limb a little - head more towards the style I want to have - because I know I can tweak it to suit me.
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Date: 9/17/09 5:39 PM

Provocative question! (Remember that potato chip commercial? "hmmm...provocative...")

I have been doing the fall sewalong and changed my plan twice. My life is: casual, outdoorsy, introspective. I am newly retired from teaching, and while I kept all those comfy but clunky shoes, I did send on many pieces of clothing. I am sewing clothes that can go out for a nice lunch, be comfortable at a community meeting and maybe be a little bit sexy. I have 2 pairs of Levis which I'll keep but mainly I wear wide pants and jersey tops. My "go out to dinner stuff" is a variation of that-tight black pants, heels and a jersey top. Oh, and my DVF wrap dress.

I keep stopping myself from buying patterns for corporate separates. I am letting my artistic and sensual sides have a bit more free rein.

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