Not so basic basics8:00 AM
If you're a member of the Facebook Group Capsule Wardrobe Sew Along , then you probably know all about the Creative Counselor's Bac...
If you're a member of the Facebook Group Capsule Wardrobe Sew Along, then you probably know all about the Creative Counselor's Back 2 Basics Series. If not, feel free to hop on over to the link and take a peak about what I'm talking about.
At first, I was all over this. I was like, YES, I know exactly which patterns I'm going to sew. It will be so awesome.
But, it hasn't even started yet and I'm starting to dread it. Full on anxiety and fear to cut into my fabrics. Sew up 3-4 basic t-shirts. Really? Sounds like torture. Cue Sadness laying on the ground too sad to even be dragged. WAHHHHHHHHHH!
Now don't get me wrong, I NEED to do this. I need to stop sewing up the super wild prints and sew some basics.
So, if I'm going to do this, it needs to be more than just the same basic things over and over. Some of my not too crazy ideas include:
|Image shared with permission from Tami Meyer of Love Notions|
Are you excited yet? I know I am. I'm actually no longer dreading a week of simple, no crazy fabric sewing.
Winter Wear Designs Aviators. How many times have I blogged them? I don't even know. A lot. I love them. But guess what, I've always made them very basic and boring. See image. Gray. Basic. Boring. :( Who needs basic and boring? Not this girl! So how can we fancy them up without losing their basic qualities? If you're going navy, perhaps a navy polka dot welt pocket. Or navy polka dot inset pocket. Don't go crazy. Don't go navy and lime green because you're no longer in neutral territory. But black on black, gray on gray, etc. Or piping. Piping in your pocket seam. Seriously, I look like this now O.O. Why can't I sew as fast as I type? The Aviators have cargo pockets, back welt pockets and inset pockets. So many options. AND, the triangle cut out actually looks really cool when you do self colored. You can see Suzanne Winters rocking her olive on olive aviators in the etsy listing. So basic doesn't have to mean boring. Basic can mean, watch me rock pants so cool you can't even stand to look at me. Or not. Maybe that was over kill.
Let's take another turn. What about skirts. I know you're probably thinking, ugh... You can't make a plain black skirt not boring. Try and stop me! Paprika Patterns Jade Skirt. Black, gray, navy olive, even fuschia (tell me the cover photo isn't awesome). And the exposed zipper back... I'm dying here. I don't even need a black pencil skirt (or any other color for that matter), but I want this. I want this in black and gray and navy and all the colors so I can wear it EVERY day.
And just for inspiration, gray ruffles plus zipper. I'm killing myself with awesome basics!
So maybe you're on spending lock down. I know I am. :( But, there's actually a great free skirt pattern that can be AWESOME! The Itch to Stitch Lindy petal skirt. Ironic truth. I own the Little Lizard King Perfect Petal Skirt. Apparently you can't buy it anymore, but you can still see the bundle up listing here. After working through fitting the Perfect Petal Skirt, I ended up essentially recreating the Itch to Stitch Lindy. Whoops. Oh well, great minds and all that. Its better than your boring basic pencil skirt, but it can still be basic. I actually have 2 of these. 1 in black (no surprise there), and another in denim colored and patterned cotton/lycra. Its like jegging, but not. it is like wearing a comfy pair of leggings. A definite favorite.
Speaking of leggings, I don't sew my own regular, every day leggings. You see, I fit just fine in Walmart brand leggings. They're like $3. I can't even make my own leggings for $3. So I buy a few pairs in black and gray and that's done. But if you need leggings, I have to tell you, you just have to do it. You'd actually spend more time complaining about it than actually sewing a pair from start to finish. Pretty sure that with the help of my serger, I could sew a pair from cut to finish in 15 minutes. You've got 15 minutes. Just do it.
The last thing I need is plain shorts. But the truth is, fitting shorts (and pants) drives me CRAZY. I've never managed to fit a pair of shorts in less than about 6 muslins. Yes, 6. Maybe it is because I'm inexperienced and still learning, but me and shorts, NOT friends. But, I'm working hard to create "the perfect crotch curve" for me. I promise, once I find it, I will never refit pants or shorts again. I will just copy my crotch curve and bam, instant success.
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Hopefully I've inspired you to make your basics not so basic! Be inspired. Be creative and don't let that basic black tee just be a basic black tee! Just don't go crazy and use all my ideas on one shirt. Because that would be like