What to do, what to do?
This evening, I tried to look at some of the spring collections and the Donna Karan is still too fresh in my mind to move on to anything new. Especially Dries Van Noten, whom I adore and want to smooch even though he is gay. It was too much to ponder Dries this evening.
Instead I am thinking about my wardrobe for 2013, thinking realistically, wanting to maximize the efficiency and output of my sewing. God, how deadly dull does that sound? What do I mean in plain talk? I want to sew things I will wear over and over again. I want to sew things that create delight and ease when getting dressed in the morning.
What I know:
- I need three slim knit skirts
- I need a woven pullover shirt pattern that can be taken all over the place and made lots of different ways
- I need a slim pants pattern
- My favorite new thing to wear on the weekend is heavy leggings under a dress and then I add a scarf. I go everywhere like this and now it’s the only way I want to dress at all.
- In the winter, when material stands away from my skin and then touches it (like fuller pants would), I shiver. Which means I want everything close and on my skin. I am warmer that way.
What surprises me:
- That I am not all over the dress idea, at least not a dress that isn’t going over leggings. I was all about the dress a couple of months back.
Ideal way to get dressed in the morning, work day
- Pull out a knit skirt
- Find tights, using the flashlight to search the underwear drawer. This is not ideal, truthfully. Better lighting would be a bonus in the bedroom.
- Throw on a cozy, edgy flannel shirt, or heavy silk, or a good cotton with a tank underneath (and maybe wear a jacket that doesn’t send me over the brink – so confining, those jackets)
- Pick my earrings and bracelet, using the same flashlight
- Push pattern matching by picking a crazy scarf
- Buckle up and head out the door
Ideal way to get dressed, weekend
- Pull a pair of leggings off the small green rocking chair
- Paw through the armoire for a long sleeved paper thin t-shirt
- Go to the closet and flip through five dresses, all clean, all fit, all are groovy
- Blue and black flannel would be good
- Wool jersey, too
- Stretch velvet, that gives me a warm feeling and a good idea
- Add alpaca socks
- Pull on Keen boots
Logically, the next thing to write about would be a plan. Hell, no, not today. My courage needs a little S&M love before I do that. The only thing I am committing to is not sewing a one-off anomaly. No more of that. No more holiday dresses. Not right now. I need basics, repeatable basics that I can use over and over and over again. It’s dull, I don’t care. Oh, and I need to embroider. I have to embroider in 2013 or a gray, spongy pall will hang over me, sucking the life out of each cell. Some things are clear as day.