Monday, August 23, 2010

Dressmaking Skills

I think that I may have been right when I proclaimed last week that the beginning of the end of Summer may have arrived.  Since my proclamation, the weather has been consistently cool in the morning and at night.

I really don't mind that the weather is changing.  One of the things that I like about living where I do is the change of seasons.  While I prefer some seasons to others and sometimes think that I would like to live somewhere where the weather is consistently that of my favourite season, at the end of the day, I like the clothing variety that accompanies changing seasons.

With Fall approaching, I am reminded of the numerous tasks that I should probably get to sooner rather than later, particularly those that will ensure that I am able to wear certain pieces of clothing this Fall.  I (personally) do not do a lot of clothing alterations and/or repairs.  I can sew on a button (or snaps or hooks and eyes) and I can do hems (on pants, skirts and dresses), but that is about the extent of my dressmaking abilities at present.  (Although, I will admit to having sewn my own clothes when I was at university, not all that badly either, I might add.  These days, though, my dressmaking abilities are really limited by the time I have (or I should say time that I don't have) to devote to them.)

Because of the limits on my dressmaking abilities, when I purchase clothing, it generally has to be "ready to wear".  If it needs any amount of work, short of having a button, etc. moved, a hem done or shoulder pads ripped out (I do this a lot as I hate, HATE, shoulder pads), I won't buy it.  Sometimes, I won't even buy something if it needs a hem done.

Notwithstanding this avoidance of clothing that needs altering, every once in a while, I will buy a skirt that needs a button, etc. moved or a pair of pants that need to be hemmed.  Right now, at least three skirts and a pair of pants come to mind that need this kind of minor altering.

I should really get to this work, because if I don't, I won't be able to wear these items come Fall (or come anytime for that matter).  And, when I think about these items, I think that I would really like to be able to wear them this Fall!

Maybe this is something that I could do to keep my mind off shopping once my shopping prohibition kicks in on September 1!

jacket: H&M
shirt: American Apparel
sweater vest: American Apparel
tie: Gap, mens, from my accessories collection
skirt/shorts: Club Monaco
socks: Hue
shoes: Frye
bag: H&M, from my accessories collection

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