We’ve Got Pockets

Whenever it was I spent 10 days off grid. I found it to be super inspiring. On the second Thursday we had a cook out for dinner and after the guys showed up we started talking sewing.

Yes, that happened. And No they didn’t mind. And Yes as I often find they had useful inputs.

I had mentioned to my best friend that I wanted to go visit Israel with her next year and I figured we needed at least a thousand dollars each. She had recently been hired to make little girl dresses. Upon finding that she enjoyed it, she has been working on setting up a shop. We were talking pricing.

JH said when someone other than his job was wanting his time he asked for at least $25 an hour per person. He got paid that much, his brother would want that much, his machinery cost that much to run. This added up to $75 per hour for him and DH to cut down a tree. One tree took them only an hour and the man paid them $200.

Let me not say anything. Take a deep breath. I’ve had people tell me that $35 was to much to hem a pair of pants. But they were willing to pay fifteen dollars.

This is all to say we were encouraging SH to bump the finished price of the dresses to the $70-$100 range. Sew much closer to what she should be earning.

In turn I mentioned my sewing plans. So often I have seen complaints about how women’s clothes just don’t have good pockets. And on the flip side I have often seen ladies worrying if the pockets will be to much. I was wondering why don’t I make a clothing line where pockets are the statement of the piece.

My family expressed doubts.

I explained I was considering making a blue skirt with orange star shaped pockets on it.

My family thought that sounded horrible.

I fell quiet, but that vague idea stuck in my brain. Finally today I was able to put on paper rough sketches of that idea and another one.

Pardon my terrible drawing skills.

On the left we have a skirt designed to look like an upside down flower. The pockets are quite visible as they are representing the sepals.

On the right is a modified version of blue and orange. The color has been changed to yellow and the stars are evenly spaced. I haven’t yet decided if the little stars should be pockets too. And is four star pockets around the waist good or should I go for the semi subtle three stars like Orion’s belt?

A pin cushion topped mason jar with a few buttons in it

 

So bountiful hay to my best friend.

For re-inspiring me to start sewing again.

For re-inspiring me to start designing again.

For giving me such a handy pin cushion as a belated birthday present. I know you don’t read my blog, but still.

Thank you.

 

 

 

 

 

If I were to make skirts like these how much would you pay? Would you pay $200? Would you pay $250 if I made sure to use sustainable fabric? People often pay tons of money for clothing of little quality. From people they care little for. Fabric costs money, but the most expensive part is the labor.

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PS.

Speaking of sewing I have recently agreed to sew a dress inspired by a book as an art project. I would really like to put my best foot forward with doing this. But I need nice fabric and notions in order to do that. If you would like to help with this in any way at all please check out the Go Fund Me I put together and either share it or give a donation. Every dollar helps.

PPS.

Speaking of obvious pockets don’t you think that an evening gown with a blue jean pocket or two sounds like something that could come down a runway?

An Outfit Of This Summer

Over a year ago I posted about two items I made. A super cool Butterfly Shirt, modeled after my favorite shirt of all time. An Orange Skirt, basic, but quickly using up the fabric I brought back from India.

I wore them together because they were both brand new and I was super proud, but I’ve been wearing them together ever since and I will admit I love the look. It’s bright, it’s bold, and the fact the the shirt is mostly blue is hardly noticeable.

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So M and I went out the other morning and caught some pictures that captured the essence of the outfit. And Me. And when I wear it.

I actually found it a little difficult to pose in because the grass was little more than dew and clippings. Also I’ve decided to stop wearing it for the summer. I like to wear it several times in between washes, so that it will not get as worn out so quickly.

Sorry there are no pictures of the back of me, but M thought my hair was a mess.

I think that is all.

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SH’s Speech For Thursday

This Thursday my best friend’s directly older sister is getting married. It is crazy. I’m so happy for her, but she’s only three years older than me so that is strange. On to the speech I’ve agreed to write for my best friend to read at the wedding.

“My worst memory of P. is when she told me that she wanted these sleeves to be perfectly smooth.

I put them in, they didn’t look right so I took them out.

I put them in again and they didn’t fit right so I took them out.

In and out.

I’ve put in these sleeves almost more than five times each.”

Sorry, but at the moment I don’t have pictures of these deceptively simple sleeves.

Plans For A Swimming Summer

Summer is coming and with is swimming season. Which means swimsuits. Most people think finding the perfect swimsuit is annoying, but it can be worse. If you care about modesty finding a swimsuit becomes super annoying. But I like to add extra levels of difficult to find clothes. I prefer to wear one hundred percent unmixed natural fibers.

This means I have simply worn pedal pushers and a t shirt over a regular bathing suit. It looked ok, … but… It takes lots of space, is annoying to change in and out of, is looking like I haven’t grown or done much swimming since I started wearing that combo like … seven years ago. And now that I can actually swim, wearing cargo pedal pushers are to … catchy … not aerodynamic … not fluidynamic…

Either way last summer I started looking into other options and I couldn’t find any I liked. So recently I found two of the three paper dolls I use to draw clothes (I need a fourth now, she is to be Korean) and I drew up my two favorite ideas. And yes they are practically impossible to tell that they are different styles.

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The upper one was my first idea, hence the reason it has matching sleeves. It basically is a dress over shorts. It’s actually way more complicated but I don’t know whether I’ll go through with it. The second is a Salwar Kameez style though again with shorts. It would take way less fabric, but I’m not sure I like it.

But what is my plan for fabric. Nearly three weeks ago I went to Salvation Army. Mostly we were just looking, but I wanted to look at rayon skirts. I hope that it will balance the line between being natural enough to suit me and synthetic enough to not make a bad swimsuit. I’ll be back with reports at the end of the summer.

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Sorry, but I haven’t fully finished the silk skirt yet, and I want to try to make a semi matching top so it may be a while before the final pictures are posted.

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A Silk Tie Skirt Part 1

When my blog was much newer than it is now I started a project. I called it my Secret Project or something like that.

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The Ties

I was making a silk skirt from ties. I took apart the ties. Moved their tags. Washed them. And got most of the major seams sewn.

Then… I quit…

I didn’t want to put the zipper in. So I put it aside and moved on.

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Recently with M’s Best Friend’s wedding coming up. I thought it would be fun if I could finish the skirt and maybe make a similar top from the scraps and ties I didn’t use.

So I put in the zipper and decided to use the thick golden tie for the waist.

It has been going remarkably well. This is the first time I have sewn with silk and the first time I have done much sewing with bias cut fabric. It is easier than I feared. The bias cut gets rid of the fraying silk is famous for. And silk isn’t as scary to sew as people made it seem.