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How’s the project coming along? I’d love to hear/see what you’ve come up with so far!

A recent-ish fashion trend that might give you some inspiration is lagenlook.

It’s long lines and plenty of layers (hello mid-14thc and Edo period looks!) with 21st century styling and often an emphasis on textures/quality/natural materials. I feel like it really helped me incorporate my love of historical/fantasy/boho designs without looking too “costumey”.
 
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That instagram is almost exactly what I aspire to, but I don't have the $ or justification for doing so. I work at home, I'm old, and who will I impress? No one. Nor do I care. But I love those clothes and the leaf piece is spectacular!

J



Yes. This. I have slowly accepted the truth of my life. I am no longer a 20-something young woman who can fit into "fashion forward" styles (if I ever was such a person).
To be honest, I can't see myself ever wearing any of the belly-dance-centric fabric I have stashed, though I am still trying to use it as a Long-Term Goal so I will continue doing my PT and workout stuff. What can I say, I'm a sucker for a double shot black/ultramarine silk or a stack of fabric of different weights and purposes that makes me think of fall leaves and pretending to be a dryad. I'm not ready to give up on *all* my fashion dreams!

I have already impressed the one person I care to and, as long as he's around, I'm cool with that.
As long as I am comfortable with the person I am and am becoming (change is the only true constant in the multiverse), and the medical professionals who help keep me up and doing are cool with things, I'm fine.

I appreciate the hard fought knowledge I currently possess.
I know I revel in the warm Springs and Summers we get where I live, and I am prepared for the Falls and Winters. (More or less. That last freeze ....)

Plant fibers are perfect for the warmer times, and I tolerate small amounts of poly in t-shirts and Fast Fashion bits, while doing my best to stay away from all of that.
Animal fibers are fantastic for the colder months, and layer beautifully with the core cotton and linens I have. I'm to a point where I can replace those basic things that are wearing out as necessary, or just accept the change to my wardrobe.
Not everything needs replaced. Not everything needs copied or duplicated.
And *That's Okay*.
 
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I have an idea, so I spent this summer's clothing allowance on linen.

 
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r ranson wrote:I have an idea, so I spent this summer's clothing allowance on linen.

Those colours look lovely together - at least on my computer. Have you got plans as to what you'll do first?

They look lovely enough together,  that you could likely combine the scraps left over into useful things on top of the main plan!
 
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If I have done my math right, I should be able to get one skirt and one tank top out of each colour.  

Combined with what I already have and my newest creation...



... this should get me through summer.  

Then I'll have to add some button tops for fall.  Not sure what I'm doing for winter yet.  
 
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The only problem is that there are defects in the olive green linen so I got it at a discount.  I wish I could remember what the defects were but I'll see it once I wash and iron the cloth.

It's very shiny which is interesting.  One side is smoother than the other - which side goes on the inside?

Usually, I buy two bottoms and two tops for spring/summer/fall, but this should get me three of each for the same price.  In theory.
 
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These fabrics set the colour and feel for the capsule wardrobe.  The thing I'm going to need the most help with is keeping with colours that go with all of these.  I'm really bad at this.

Something I would love to do this summer is to hire a knitter to knit me a cardigan, then I pay them in handspun yarn.  

I'm really digging what they call the Natural colours of this yarn: https://www.ashford.co.nz/yarns-sidemenu/product/ashford-dk
  But I'm not sure if it would go well with my colour pallet or not.
 
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In my opinion natural colors are like black, they go with everything.   I think they would be especially nice with your new fabric  :)
 
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Time to get the fabric ready.



First I decided which side would be the outside (I choose to put the smoother side inside) and then I hem the yardage.  This is a great opportunity to practice with my narrow hemmer foot.  It's a really tricky foot and I need a lot of practice.

Wash it.  Iron it.  Dry it.  

And while I wait for it to dry, I am getting my patterns ready.  



Some of the patterns I've made often enough to feel that they are done 'adjusting' for now, so I am tracing them on the expensive pattern paper.  Sweedish or something like that.  That way I can use and reuse them without them ripping like my regular tracing paper.

I'm also stashing the patterns I am using for the foundation of the Capsule Wardrobe in my folder.  That way they are all together.



More and more, I feel I need to sew the foundation of my capsule wardrobe if I'm going to be comfortable in my clothes.  I like this because I can finish the edges instead of having scratchy surged finished and I imagine that enclosed seams are going to last longer.  I still don't have much confidence in my sewing skills - and more importantly, I'm not confident in my choice of colours and shapes for my body.

In other news, I found some beautiful cotton fabric at the thrift store.  It's a queen size top sheet and duvet cover.  I was feeling I wanted to add some red to the wardrobe, but when I got the fabric out in the daylight, it was too bright for me to wear.  It's a smooth cloth (high thread count and mercerized) so I'm going to use this for lining my winter skirts.  

 
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The sewing of the summer clothes is going well.  But it takes time away from gardening.  But I cannot garden much because I only have winter clothes right now...ug!

So... I need to start sewing BEFORE the weather changes.
But I also need to make sure I don't sew too early because my size changes dramatically as the year progresses.  

 
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It's too early to make the fall and winter clothing.  

I can probably get away with the current skirts for fall, but I should get two more winter skirts and three button shirts.  I'll also want one or two new sweater/cardigans as all my sweaters are over 15 years old and are starting to be more repair than sweater.  

I've got jackets and coats enough to last the winter.

Given how late in the year I am with summer sewing, I need to start thinking about fabric now.

I have some wool for an in-town skirt, but the fabric isn't easy to clean.  So I'm going to leave this to last to see if I have time to make it.  

My laundry is machine or hand wash and hang to dry.  So a medium cotton should be fine and if I flatline one, it would serve for colder days.  Where to find affordable fabric?  It would be good to buy from a Canadian shop so I don't have to pay duty.  

Anyway, these are my thoughts today.  Back to the sewing machine I go.  
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