...He is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us. Eph. 3:20
"I certainly don't regret my experiences because without them, I couldn't imagine who or where I would be today. Life is an amazing gift to those who have overcome great obstacles, and attitude is everything!" - Sasha Azevedo
Tony and I took the girls and their friends shopping this weekend. NORMALLY we would do a drop off, but because it's holiday time and folks love to act a fool, we stayed with them.
When I started sewing, I felt like I had to make EVERYTHING. I actually WANTED to make everything. I was so proud of the fact that I KNEW how to sew and could make it look good (even though you could tell that my first items were my FIRST ITEMS lol).
So for a few years, I HATED the mall. Like HATED IT.
Maybe last year or the year before that, I realized I don't HAVE to sew anything. Sometimes it's cheaper to just buy it.
So, I started buying things here and there. Stuff that was super cute and deeply discounted OR simple things like tanks and tshirts.I LOVE the thrift store so I would often find little treasures in there.
This trip to the mall made me realize how much I actually LIKE shopping lol. I had so much fun. I don't think I'll buy things like I did before I started sewing but I'll def get the things that I like lol.
I'm so glad I'm breaking away from feeling like I have to sew every single item I wear!
I have always loved clothes. I've always loved getting dolled up and looking cute.
However I am "JUST" now starting to apperciate FASHION.
There is a HUGE difference between loving clothes and loving fashion.
I've been on the loving clothes side for a very long time.
Lately I've been looking at a lot of fashion blogs. I have one that is like a super favorite. It's like a fantasy blog to me because I wouldn't buy any of the stuff this lady wears. While it's all gorgeous, it's just too expensive for ME.
What I'm noticing is that some of this fashion isn't realistic for everyday life. Well, let me back up and say it's not realistic for MY everyday life.
I'm a SAHM. Period. While I DO have days when I have on jeans and a tshirt (like I did this weekend) the majority of the time, I don't LOOK like a SAHM. I don't want to either. Folks will see me and will ask where I'm going and all I have on is a dress and some cute flats. Umm hello? LOL. I'm going to the grocery store. That's how MOST of my days are.
Colorblocking is HUGE right now, like HUGE. Some of the things I see are very cute, and very fashion forward. Some of this other stuff has me like O_o. It's tacky. Plain and simple.
This is based of MY taste. My preference. It has nothing to do with how someone else feels. Now, I don't always knock it out of the park, but I think I'm FAR from tacky lol.
I was talking to Toy about this the other day. I've been looking at a LOT of things different. I want the things I sew to last. Not just the wearability of my garment but the style. I love classic pieces that will last me forever.
I still have suits from when I was in corporate america. I still wear them. They STILL look good. WHY? Because they are classic pieces.
I like to have fun with my accessories. I'm beginning to not like trendy shoes lol. I love a cute shoe, but will I still like it in a few years? My thinking is changing.
Ok, my ramble is over. May not make sense to you but it's what's on my mind right now.
The other day Carolyn did a post on Snoop Shopping. I did that very thing last week looking for capri pants, guachos and shorts.
Now this whole sewing thing has been so trial and error for me. I've said it before and I'll say it again, I learn with each garment and I think I get better with each garment.
I STILL mess up. I still pick the wrong fabric and patterns and I still waste my time on some projects lol.
I am STILL learning what looks good on me. Some stuff I KNOW what works...some things I don't lol.
I am SO glad I sew. SO GLAD SO GLAD SO GLAD LOL.
It is the season for guachos, capri pants and shorts. Ahhhhhhh I set out to one of my favorite stores to try some on...
Now, ya'll know I tell the good, and the not so good so ummm yeah lol.
I took several different styles, cuts, lengths into the dressing room. If you have a friend you can trust to tell you the TRUTH about how something looks on you take them with you...JUST incase you need a second opinion. I don't know about you but sometimes it's hard to see yourself.
WRONG WRONG WRONG WRONG WRONG WRONG LOL
First of all they are too small (didn't have my size) and I hate the cut.
WRONG WRONG WRONG!!! This is SO not cute on me.
EWWW. I don't know WHY they didn't have my size in a lot of stuff I tried on so I had to get the one that was close to my size. I do love the length.
*DING DING DING* We finally have a winner. I LOVE everything about these....I actually bought them lol. First time I have bought something RTW in a WHILE. I will use these against my pattern when I make mine!!
I also look at the way things are made. I LOVE how they played with the stripes! Fell in love with these.
There was also this lightweight demin pair that I LOVED...I wanna do a pocket like this. I think it is so cute!
I know it's just a pocket with some gathering on it but I still thought it was cute lol.
ALSO.... Sheri did a post on fabric and yarn snobs....are you one?!?!?
I generally just buy what feels good against my skin. If it doesn't feel good, I don't buy it. I could care less what the fiber content is, as long as it doesn't irritate my skin....I'm good. That goes for both yarn and fabric.
Are ya'll fabric/yarn snobs?
Ok, that's all i've got...guess that's enough huh? lol