My grandma bought me a sewing machine for my birthday this year and I was set on using it and learning how to sew, even if I ended up hating it. Since the only fabric store I'd ever been to had been a Joann's and remembering that most of inventory there consisted of candy corn printed flannel and bright tulle use for Renaissance fair costumes, I decided to venture elsewhere. I had heard that Mill End Fabrics was a go-to for many independent designers, so there I went and it was everything I had anticipated. Each material section seemed to open up an individual dimension of opportunity and with no specific projects in mind, it was near impossible to buy on a budget. I went with my instincts and bought three, high-quality fabrics in black and white. These two and an organic bamboo cotton that I hope to make something drape-y with this weekend. I first envisioned the dots to be used for a basic shift dress and the grid for a pair of trousers. After somehow hanging onto these ideas for almost three months now, I finally pulled out both fabrics and realized even if I did make the shift and pants, I would have enough left over to create something with a combination of both. Plus, being a complete beginner, a blouse is a less intimidating than a dress and pants.
So, that's the story. It's actually helpful talking about some of the process of a project to stay in a constructive mindset. In the short time that I've dabbled, I have found the entire sewing process, imperfections and all, to be a really great way to get immersed into a flow state. It can be difficult finding a starting point when you have all these ideas at once, but as soon as you get there, it's like everything organically aligns. Halfway through sewing this shirt, I actually envisioned pairing it with knee-length, leathery skirt and was stoked to find this one the next day! I rarely will buy pieces from big chain stores, but sometimes things just work and it's rad.
shirt: made by me skirt: forever21 shoes: vintage
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