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Strategery sewing

2011 June 11
by elizabeth_admin

It’s been killing me that I can’t wear my S6022 dress to work.


Isn’t it cute???  Wouldn’t it kill you too?  I have been searching high and low for a topper that would allow me to wear this dress to work.  I thought a cute little cropped jacket in a white pique would be just perfect.  Don’t you?  Of course I can’t find one anywhere.  I thought to myself, why not sew one?  But then I remembered my short list and my preferred garments to sew and wear.  Surely you remember.  DRESSES!

I love the relative quickness of making a dress or skirt, especially in a fabric that’s not tricky to work with.  Slipper blouses and tailored jackets are not my cup of tea right now.  Which leads me to strategy…  Or strategery as I like to call it.  I think my sewing strategery will be to fill my closet with dresses and maybe buy some RTW jackets to wear with them.  Cardigans are all fine, but I like the more professional look of a jacket with a dress.  It just looks more finished.  Heretofore, I have never bought a ready to wear jacket that didn’t belong to part of an entire suit.  It seemed so frivolous to me to have an unmatched jacket.  But now I see the error of my ways.  A cute jacket that can be worn with many things actually expands your wardrobe and makes it more varied. So I might have to go shopping in earnest for this wardrobe essential.  And that way I can keep sewing what I like best.


What’s your sewing strategery?

11 Responses leave one →
  1. June 11, 2011

    Since I was surprised that the dress was not work appropriate, I must not remember what kind of work you do. With the right shoes, possibly a belt, and some kind of statement necklace – which is how I’d wear it – this would be overdressed for my work and I’d wear it anyway – LOL. I’m intrigued by how many women are comfortable in jackets. They don’t work for me however, I can see one looking great over the dress. Hope you find what you’re looking for.

    Buying the jacket RTW and sewing other things makes great sense. There’s only so much sewing time in a week/life. I try to focus on things I want to sew. Right now, I’m overwhelmed by too much fabric and it’s blocking flow so I’m focusing on sewing down the stash to a more creative level. I have five very basic t-shirts on the go. They’re identical and that’s okay. The colors are fun, the style lines suit me, and five pieces of fabric will be out of stash while I have five more mix and match items in my closet. A win-win…. when I’m done. My sewing seems to alternate between practical things I need and pieces for special occasions.

  2. June 11, 2011

    That is so cute! I bought some of that fabric, too. I made something really complicated with it. Imagine that.

  3. June 11, 2011

    Definitely buy a jacket or two and sew the dresses you want. Sewing should be fun and not a chore…making what stimulates you creatively only adds to that pleasure!

  4. June 11, 2011

    I think that just because you sew it doesn’t mean you should sew everything. If you only like to sew dresses, then sew dresses and shop for the other stuff. I have made a few jacket/coats but they take a lot of time. I am a bit slower than most because I don’t get to sew every day, but it usually takes me around a month to make a jacket. Between all of the pieces and tweaking the fit and dealing with all the understructures, it takes a long time. I like to make coats because they are a challenge and I feel like it really pushes my skills, however, when I am done I usually don’t want to make anything difficult for a few weeks. I want to make more jackets and pants because I wear them all the time, but I think I can get better fit/style if I make it as opposed to RTW.

  5. June 11, 2011

    I like the idea that you *have* a strategy – whatever works for you! And I agree completely that it can be very satisfying to sit down for a few hours and come away with a completed dress.

    I’m glad we don’t have too many restrictions at work. I’m a construction engineer, and as long as I have sleeves and won’t accidentally flash people, anything goes! I’m well known for wearing dresses with bushman socks and steel-capped boots (and changing back into normal shoes at the office).

  6. June 11, 2011

    Like Myrna, I’m kind of wondering why you can’t wear that dress to work. I think it’s a great work dress.

  7. June 12, 2011

    The dress looks great!
    I think you should sew what gives you pleasure, and if you don’t wish to sew up jackets then buy one with a clear conscience!
    Personally I don’t sew underwear but I have a go at everything else!

  8. Karen Mulkey permalink
    June 13, 2011

    Yes, sew whatever you enjoy and buy the rest! Personally I really like sewing jackets so I buy pants and shells. I’m trying to sew a couple dresses this summer but find them not to be really flattering on my figure. Guess I just need to sew jackets to wear over them.

    Karen in Houston

  9. June 13, 2011

    You look too cute in that dress and your smile says it all. I think you should sew whatever you want and what makes you comfortable. It’s not what you put out but the process and being happy while you’re doing it.

  10. June 20, 2011

    Your dress is super cute. Dresses are always on my list and plenty of them. But I must admit, I do like sewing a variety of garments. Like Andrea said, “you should sew whatever you want.” There is no pressure. It’s a creative hobby that you should enjoy.

  11. July 13, 2011

    Very cute dress and a white crop jacket would be perfect. Sewing strategy? I like yours sew what you like. I think then you will like what you sew. I like to sew knit tops with inspiration from RTW

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