My style, my brand, my life…
I read Tilly’s recent post titled Sewing for Your Style: Hint & Tips with great interest. With some assistance, I’ve been working on my style for the last 11 months. Since Tilly’s post, I have been pondering what is my style? And more importantly, how does my style fit in with my sewing?
I think I’m a quirky romantic (think curls, freckles, florals, lots of layers and accessories) with a growing Japanese influence (simple lines that allow the stunning fabric to shine) and some French chic (hello stripes!) thrown in.
Madalynne’s recent Japanese makes (see here and here) have had me swooning, and I now is probably a good time to confess that I purchased a truckload of Japanese pattern books last month. I have many pages tagged with ‘things to make’ and although nervous about the language (most of them are in Japanese) I get excited every time I look at them, and that’s got to be a good thing! I think Japanese patterns are my future.
My signature style, “my brand” is all about more. For me, more and more and more is more beautiful.
More accessories (ie. beads, scarfs, bright lip-sticks) and the general rule is more than one!
More patterns (florals/stripes/spots) all worn together.
AND more texture.
Mustard would be my signature colour, but it’s often worn as an accessory – shoes, beads, scarfs.
Other colours in my palette are green, red, rust, orange, teal, navy, grey and cream – lots of autumn tones.
In my opinion, your life this is a really important consideration when it thinking about style. I know that wearings heals makes my legs longer, and it balances out my long torso, but readers, I’m predominantly a Mum and heals are a sometimes thing. They don’t work with my day-to-day life. And there are other ways (although, probably not quite as effective!) to give the same illusion. Skinny dark jeans, with a shorter top, and a little singlet poking out (offering a contrasting pop of colour or pattern) and a cropped jacket can have a similar effect, and that’s the choice I’m going to go for every-time! Similarly, I love the idea of a winter dress and skirts with thick tights in the colder weather, but on wintery mornings I know I’m going to reach for the jeans, cords or pants, so there really is no point having a wardrobe full of winter dresses & skirts. The ideal and the reality… it’s quite a balancing act!
Well my focus is definitely going to be on Japanese patterns, but that’s not to the exclusion of all others. I’m keen to make Grainline’s Archer Shirt for the experience of it, but a classic button up shirt doesn’t really fit my newly defined style, so I plan to make it in a quirky Japanese inspired fabric.
Last weekend I got it into my mind that I wanted to do a FBA on a woven pattern with darts, so I grabbed Grainline’s Tiny Pocket Tank (which I’d already purchased) and set to work. Sometimes for me sewing is not about the end product, it’s the process – challenging myself and learning new things.
I also have Sewaholic’s Saltspring Dress on my mind. I thought a dress like this with a gathered waist wouldn’t suit me, but then I had the pleasure of trying on Rachel’s stunning version and it was a winner. I see one of these in my future too.
Do you have a defined style? What is your signature colours? Have you dipped your toe into Japanese patterns? What are your sewing plans? Do tell.