Tuesday, November 13, 2012

My Thoughts on Style

Hello, Friends!  The lovely Erin over at Seamstress Erin asked me to come over for a little chat about style.  Erin is incredibly patient, and I owe her one because it took me four days and three re-writes to get my answers correct.  I really didn't know how to define my style, and honestly, I was scared at first.  My past is not a fashionable one, but rather, it is filled with practical shoes and plaid skirts and natural hair colors.  I took the fantastic opportunity Erin gave me to analyze myself, my style choices, and where my sewing will go from here.  After that bit of soul-searching, I decided to look at some of my makes and re-examine how I feel about them:

I wore this dress twice in public and hated it each time.  It felt too short, cut too low, and I hated the lining shining through.  I had even dyed the lining orange, but it made no difference in the end.  Stylewise, I felt cheap when I wore it.  Cheap, clingy fabric + lining shining through + too much leg exposed when I walk with static cling = throw it away.

This top really wasn't going to go far in my closet.  I don't go to clubs, and I HATE STRAPLESS BRAS.  Seriously - why do I always end up with a line on my stomach at the and of the night?  I've yet to find one that works, so I tend to hate pieces that require their assistance.

 This poor t-shirt.  I've worn it around the house and it seems to be disintegrating.  I want my style to be polished, not really wearing rags.  Ok - sweatpants aren't polished, but they have no holes and the drawstring is still intact.

I love this jersey knit bow top so much.  I wear it at least once a week.  I've found that I am really drawn to interesting necklines with bows or ruffles, and I am looking to incorporate these into more of my makes.  I am also really into being comfortable, so knit fabrics will be appearing more frequently.

Again, more jersey appearing with my absolute favorite t-shirt.  This fabric is magical.  It's warm when it is cold outside, it's cool in the hot weather.  I wear it regularly.

Knit fabrics aren't always a guaranteed win, though.  I've come to avoid this top and I never want to wear it out.  A long sleeve tee would be welcome in my closet, but this doesn't have enough give, and I don't have a need for a sheer long sleeve tee in my closet.  I'm pretty tame.  Sometimes.  OK, not really, but it still has to go.

THESE.  I NEED TO WEAR THESE MORE OFTEN.  I love sweetheart necklines, and I love the idea of vintage overalls.  Since I spent so much time agonizing over them, I need to find a way to incorporate these into my winter wardrobe.  

 I also really love plaid, and lately I've been wishing for more plaid pants in my wardrobe.  There are two pairs in my queue right now and they are going to be EPIC.

The Coke sweatshirt gets worn often now that the temperature has changed.  I love how warm it is, combined with the 3/4 sleeves.  The quirky fabric is an added bonus in my eyes.

I love this jacket.  I am experimenting with how to work it into my wardrobe, but I've worn it out of the house once or twice.  It makes a marvelous conversation piece, and I love having those in my closet to spice up a boring ensemble.

So.... in looking at these favorites and not-so-favorites, here's what I can add to my findings from my guest post over at Erin's marvelous blog:

I like neck froo-froo.  I cannot get enough neck froo-froo and should really pursue that.

I like conversation pieces.

I would live in knit fabrics every day if I could.  Every. Single. Day.

Sweetheart necklines are definitely fantastic.

I don't like showing a tremendous amount of thigh, so skirts should be right above the knee for me.  Shorts are cool.  I like shorts.

I like plaid, but really should not combine plaid and clubbing outfits.  I am not Snooki.

I don't need to reinvent the t-shirt.  I just need to make some fabulous staple tees and not try to drape to get the same result.

I don't like sheer knit fabrics.  Layering under sheer knits perplexes me deeply and makes things strange and visually uncomfortable.

Strapless bras are the devil.

Many thanks to the marvelous Erin for helping me down this road of discovery!!  I imagine I'll be examining my personal style for many years to come :)



  1. I have never really thought about my personal style as its all over the place. I think a little reflecting over ones wardrobe is a very helpful tool to make the most of ones sewing.
    I totally agree with your froo froo neckline obsession and I adore your dungarees!!

  2. I always thought thosewindows were in your office at work or something... they're in your home? You have one bad ass apartment/condo! Like you live in a boat.

  3. I would have trouble saying what my style is too!

  4. I have been mulling over this very subject as I make preparations for the year ahead. I, too, am a HUGE fan of an interesting neckline. I also love a good exposed shoulder/back- not as easy to find. Your Dirk Diggler jacket might b my favorite of your projects, ever. :-D

  5. I particularly love that last photo of you with a cigar and ... is that whisky? The view out of the window behind you - please tell me this is not your home. Otherwise, I shall weep for the next ten years. Is it, really?! I also like the Coke sweatshirt and the knit bow top. You make some awesome things!

  6. Awesome post! I agree that strapless bras are the devil!!

  7. Strapless bras ARE the devil and I really shouldn't wear desintegrating t-shirts either.

    Thanks for doing the hard look work to bring us all a great post. (BTW, I love your apt, too!)

  8. Loved the guest post, I can understand the investment in time on workwear but I love your quirky stuff too. I can't abide strapless bras, it doesn't seem to matter how much I spend the choice is the 'squashed boob' look or serious lack of support! One of the joys of sewing stuff is ensuring I've got proper bra strap coverage in my sleeveless tops and avoiding strapless bra situations altogether! :)

  9. Great post! I'm tempted to go and analyse my own wardrobe now......

    I must have missed seeing your post on that fab blue jacket - it's gorgeous!

  10. Love this post - as my last post I was having a 'blah' moment about a dress and I think that's helped me 'get' that those sorts of dresses are just 'not my cup of tea'.
    I think a little wardrobe gazing and honesty is required of me too.
    Oh... and I love that jacket too!!

  11. I LOVE that top dress! Don't throw it out, send it my way! ;-) I always love your style as it's obviously based on what you love and what suits you and therefore you always look good.

  12. Oh my gosh you totally need to be wearing those overalls ALL THE TIME! They are fantastic!

    The little blue jacket over your absolute favorite tee and jeans could pull the look together.

  13. meg, this is too cool. you are a brave woman to tackle this question. i run in terror from this question. and i agree with clio, i've always loved those overalls on you!!

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  15. Such interesting subject as I find so intriguing to know how others use their homemade wardrobe. I'm very critical of mine and the few pieces I don't like have been binned

  16. What a fun post! I enjoyed reading it and looking at all your fabulous garments!

  17. I absolutely love that bow top on you. I find it hard to define my style too. It's just too hard to resist a nice fabric that's on sale or at a good price, but I don't always think through if it will work with what I have.

  18. Those are some important thoughts...way to be not spare your wardrobe the critical analysis! I know mine is long overdue for one, but I don't want to. *pouts* I'm afraid of what it might reveal! And I am totally with you on strapless bras being from the devil.

  19. I've been following your blog for ages and ages and have only recently decided that adoration from afar should be replaced with slightly creepier adoration in comments. I love what you make and the way you style it, and look forward to the day that I am as productive as you are - you must sew a squillion miles an hour! The pieces you have chosen as highlights really work for you, and I particularly love that blue jacket (not to mention the stylish photo and jealousy inducing views.) And you really do rock neck froo froo!

  20. I hear you on knits and combining with neck frou frou is on my mind a lot at the moment...your tie neck top is my model!

  21. I think we sew sometimes to try skills or looks and then end up not really loving them. I love that you showed what you really prefer and don't wear something you just don't feel comfortable it. Wear those overalls more- you are too frisky in them!!!

  22. It's so cool that you were able to think through your style! I bet you will take these things into consideration with your next few makes! Hooray for fun neck-y details! :)

  23. I still dig your one shoulder top, I think it's pretty. But then again, I'm much smaller than you and strapless bras aren't a big deal for me either so that is also a factor in liking one shoulder tops.