Recently I’ve been a bit stressed out over my pledge to make everything in my wardrobe. Two years since taking my no RTW pledge, sewing has become a bit of a necessity rather than something I do purely for fun. And that’s fine.. But the fact is that I am really shit at making basic clothes, like simple singlets to wear under clothes for example. I also find jeans quite exhausting, and the end result is never as durable as RTW ones. Anyhoodle – I was really inspired when I listened to Seamwork Radio’s latest podcast with Jacqui Palhegyi, blogger at Birds of a Thread. She is a sewing blogger, but also part of the ethical clothing blogosphere which I was pretty oblivious to (I mean, I thought our online sewing community had the answer to everything!). So, I’ve started checking out her Ethical Shopping guide with a mind to perhaps let myself do some shopping going forward…
With all this in mind, I’ve recently ‘allowed’ myself to make a bit more fun, unplanned pieces for my wardrobe, this crazy Inari dress being one of them…
If I’m honest, I’m not sure what I think of this dress. I love the last Inari I made, with it’s feminine colours and soft double gauze fabric… Sigh. I just don’t think I can get away with the sack-ish silhouette here. What do you think?
The fabric is a pretty rough eco cotton, described as quilting cotton on the label with a pretty crazy paint splash pattern. It’s very different to what I would normally wear, but I thought what the hell. Since my last Inari was rather tight around my hips, I did widen the pattern for this one quite a bit – probably a bit too much. I also lengthened it by about 2cm.
Oh, and it’s paired with a fresh pair of black Virginia leggings!
What are your thoughts in terms of sewing with stiffer quilting cottons? What clothing projects, if any, do you think they work for? I often find so many lovely fabrics in that section, but never really know if to even try turning them into something wearable. Would be great to get your input!
- Inari tee dress pattern: in my stash
- Fabric: £13.50