Thursday, January 23, 2014

Romanée-Conti Taste on a Tap Water Budget

Two main features of couture sewing that appeal to me are the fit and the expertise with which the garments are constructed.  Many of the designs, I could live without.  I desire expertly constructed, perfectly 

Wondering what Romanée-Conti is?  Well, it is a French wine that I have never tasted.  And Chanel is a French designer that I have never worn.  But from what I hear, both are top of the game!  And I hope to be tops in my field of expertise, the best mom to my son, and the best person and friend and sister and aunt (and whatever else to whomever else) that I can be!  So why can't I look good and be comfortable doing it?

I intend to look my best being the best I can be!  

I chose to start sewing because I thought it would be less expensive, and if I employ couture techniques and compare apples to apples it is!  What I also found is that it really can't compare to ready to wear!  Fabric costs that much alone!

However, getting that perfect fit intrigues me! I plan on drafting a few shirts, dresses, skirts, and pants.  I also plan on learning to alter commercial patterns to fit and still maintain the integrity of the piece.

I want to also learn more about fashion draping because I really don't know what that is.

So here is the short list of things to do:
Focus on fitting patterns
Focus on learning technique
Focus on drafting patterns

Here is how I will do it:
I will read.
I will watch videos.
I will sew.
And hopefully, I will be able to take a class one day!

And just as an FYI, my fashion icons are Michelle Obama, Oprah Winfrey, Dorothy Dandridge, Jackie Kennedy, Doris Day, Billie Holiday, Audrey Hepburn, Marilyn Monroe, and quite oddly enough, the ladies on the television series Charmed and Sex in the City!  I really am all over the place!

Well what can I say? Between my eclectic taste, my plus sized figure, and my limited budget, there is plenty of reason to learn to sew my own garments!

So join me!  Learn along if you want!  

Happy sewing!
Baby Steps

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