Wearing myself

It all started when we got new wardrobes in our bedroom last year. Our 101 year old house seriously lacks in built in closet space. With the addition of clean, white storage space for my clothes I suddenly found myself judging what 'should' be allowed to hang there. 

My taste in clothes hadn't changed, but my priorities had. I didn't want to fill my new wardrobe with quick fashion that I knew would only last through the season. I wanted handmade, durable, high quality clothes to fill that space! 

I realized that my wallet wouldn't support that decision. Not all at once. So I started searching for patterns that I could sew myself. I found Sonya Philip, of 100 Acts of Sewing. She's amazing, what started out as a personal project has blossomed into a rolling movement. Her patterns are written in the clearest language I've EVER seen. The lines are simple, perfect for a basics-loving lady such as myself. So I took the plunge and plunked down some digital dollars and waited for my pattern to show up. (I had fabric in my stash already). 

When it arrived, I traced it out onto tracing paper, and started laying it out on the fabric. Naturally, being me, I made some changes, deepening the neck scoop,adding inline pockets and a facing so I could avoid bias tape. When I sat down to sew, it felt like I blinked and had a dress! It was SO quick and Sonya's directions were easy to follow along with. 

The next week I made another.

I wanted to make MORE, but was having trouble finding fabric I wanted to wear. That's when it dawned on me. If I ordered raw silk fabric, I could not only SEW my own clothes, I could DYE them too! 

So that's just what I did. I sew them first, saving the hemming for after the dye pot. Then I plop them into the pot and let the dye do it's work. After the dress is rinsed and dried, I hem it with coordinating thread. Presto, tunics and dresses I love to wear, that are handmade and let me explore my passion for color. I'm proud to hang these in the wardrobes, and can't wait to continue my collection of handmade clothes. 

Ok, not my best photos, but I'm really excited about these, and didn't want to wait any longer to share with all of you :) 

*I have permission to use Sonya's patterns as a sizing guide, with my own alterations, should you need a raw silk top too.

*if you're interested in sewing for yourself, here's the link http://100actsofsewing.com/shop