How I’d Like To Dress:
How I Normally Dress:
As I stood in front of the wardrobe this morning, deciding what to wear, I faced a familiar dilemma. My fingers brushed against the lovely dresses and skirts hanging there, but then I pulled a tunic top off a hanger and climbed into my skinny jeans. Another day cycling into the office meant another day wearing practical clothes.
As I cycled, I thought about this. I like clothes and love the things I make. But the majority of my time is spent in jeans and Converse. (Our office has a very relaxed dress code.) Because I am currently attempting to exercise some extra lard off, I am either on my bike or in the gym when I’m not in the office – neither of which lend themselves to handmade wool dresses or that pretty pair of shoes.
I could remedy this by just telling myself to try harder – to pack an extra bag with a change of outfit in. But, honestly? After I’ve packed my gym kit, my make-up, the hair brush, deodorant, achingly heavy bike locks and swimming cossie with the elastic that’s going a bit, do I really want to add more bulk to the amount I carry around on a typical day? No.
In theory, I should be making more pretty tops out of fabrics that can be chucked in the washing machine and come out uncreased. Or skirts that can be worn whilst cycling – the Holy Grail of cycling Sewists. (Just the wrong size hem has seen me getting caught in the chain or ‘trapped’ on my bike seat and nearly falling off. My Lisette tunic nearly killed me!)
It makes sense, then, that I’m making a bombshell dress right now. You don’t have to be mad to sew here, but it helps.
Do you have similair challenges, wearing your handmade clothes? Do jeans and sneakers rule your life? One last question – is your house over run with spiders right now, too? They’re ruddy everywhere!