All of the end-of-year wrap-up posts out there in blogland have finally penetrated my consciousness enough to want to do one of my own. And when I think about my sewing in the past year, I’m struck by how, well, crazy, every garment seems to be. It’s more the rule than the exception that each project this year included embellishment AND dye effects AND quilting and the kitchen sink.
Perhaps this came from my realization that I truly do not need any new clothes. Really. None. So, I tried to slow my sewing pace by spending more time on each garment, and I did make several items that I just love and know that I will wear for years and years. Actually, I love everything I’ve made, but it’s hard for some of it to find a place in my lifestyle. Then when I think of my entire body of work for the year, there seems to be a dissonance of just too much going on.
I think the craziness really hit home with this tunic, which I’m pretty sure will never see the light of day on my body, but might be at home in some kind of Victorian costume drama:
Then I thought about my other sewing throughout the year, and it’s nearly all only slightly less costume-y. Perhaps I could blame fashion trends, or the blogs I read, but I’m thinking it might just be me, and it’s time to quiet down my aesthetic. Not that I don’t like what I’ve made this year. I love almost all of it. But maybe it’s time to explore a different direction. More basics. Maybe a wool melton coat. Work on my tailoring. Maybe a grey dress. More and more lately, I’m looking to menswear for inspiration. Susie Bubble, a style icon of mine for years now, just looks like too much.
Following are most of my projects from the year 2012. If you are interested in details, clicking on the photos will take you to the related posts.
Not that anyone is reading this far, but looking at all these photos at once seems to verify that 2012 was the Year Of Crazy in my sewing room. In 2013, I may try to calm down a bit. Or maybe not.