“The Italian Tenor Liked It” outfit!
So, there is a story about why I picked this photo. You really can’t see the atomic-print halter top and 6-gore a-line skirt all that well, covered up as it is with the last-minute jacket purchased due to the chilly weather. My face is somewhat obscured by my huge sun hat and you miss the glamourous hiking boots I am wearing due to cropping. (They were a rental – I was trucking around Mt. Etna and didn’t have footwear suitable for scrambling over chunks of lava.) But it is a really cute outfit! Really! It became my favourite me-made outfit, partly because the (cute) Italian tenor I met on the trip was raving about how much he liked my style. Works for me.
Name and Location: Ruthanne Edward from Ottawa, Ontario. Yes, that is in Canada, not Kansas or California.
Blog: I don’t have a sewing related one, but it is on my to do list.
How long have you been sewing: I bought my sewing machine in the spring of 2010. Before that, I made a jersey baseball shirt in grade 8 Home Ec.
Why did you want to commit to The Sew Weekly Challenge: I am the Queen of procrastination! There is always something that needs to be done first, like Angry Birds to be played, youtube vids of cute cats to watch… Before I know it, it has been weeks without getting my machine going. I still consider myself a beginner sewist and the only way I will improve is to actually sew stuff. External deadlines are my friend. I loved following along last year, seeing all the different ways everyone put their own spin on the challenges. I read about how much being a part of it meant to Deb, Veronica, Sarah, Adey and Oona, how it helped them become better sewists and the great community that is part of TSW. I’d be a fool not to take part!
What do you love most about sewing garments: The amazing sense of accomplishment when I finish a project. Yes sir, I made that with my own 2 hands. The first thing I made once I got my machine was just a simple apron, but I am still ridiculously proud of it. (I matched those stripes like nobody’s business!) I hope that doesn’t go away as I become more experienced.
What do you hate most about sewing garments: I am soooooooo slow. Turtle speed. Glacial. Ice ages come and go while I am making a skirt. Not because I procrastinate and don’t get around to finishing it, I am just a really slow sewer. Those patterns that say “one-hour skirt/shirt/dress”? Ya, right. I know that will improve with more practice, but I do get quite frustrated at how long things seem to take me.
What do you want to accomplish this year with regard to the challenge: I have started up a nice little pattern collection, vintage and modern with a vintage feel. I have a whole tote bin filled with fabric and lots and lots of plans for just what it will all get made into. In 2011, I made 1 crinoline, 1 skirt (for a friend), 1/2 a peasant blouse and a muslin for a dress. That is it, for the whole year. I would wear vintage styles everyday if I had enough clothes to do it. I feel so much better when I do wear my vintage styles (and set my hair), but I still have a lot of clothes in my closet that don’t fit in with that. By the end of 2012, I would like to have enough duds in my styles of choice to wear it full-time. There, I said it, a goal out loud. Check back at the end of the year, we will see how I did.
Your biggest non-sewing goal of 2012: I am a professional storyteller for my day job and this is the year I will really start to live up to my real potential and abilities as a performing artist. All kinds of personal and artistic development to be done.
What are your favorite sewing/fashion blogs: Since I am a vintage fashion lover, most of the blogs I follow are in that vein. Casey’s Elegant Musings, Coletterie, Gertie, Diary of a Vintage Girl, Retro Chick, Vintage Vixen, New Vintage Lady.
Let the sewing begin!