10 Things I’ve Learned: Tempest Devyne
Over at Fanbloomingtastic, SW contributor Tempest’s blog, she listed the ten things that she has learned whilst doing The Sew Weekly Challenges. I loved reading her post and thought that it would make a great regular series from the voices of the SW contributors. If you’re interested on contributing your own “10 Things,” just drop me a line with your list.
- It IS possible to make a garment in a week (in the past I’ve taken months, and tons of intermediate procrastination, before I finished anything. The weekly deadline is good for me, it makes me do stuff…..and I’m learning so much about different sewing techniques and how to fit to my body shape). Talking of which….
- My body is at least 3 different ‘official’ dress sizes (I’m currently an 18/20 at neckline, armholes and bust depending on the type of neckline, 22 at waist and 24/26 at hips depending on fullness of the skirt…..hence I found reading Stephanie’s post on 3 Hours Past the Edge of the World on sizing fascinating and helpful).
- I actually do have a waist (I’ve been hiding it for years, I thought being a size 18/20/22/24, depending on where I buy my clothes, the most flattering thing would be to hide my shape not go for fitted styles).
- My thinnest point might be below my boobs, but empire line dresses are not as flattering on me as ones that have a waist (empire line actually make me look pregnant)
- I like myself more than I thought I did :)
- I love the whole ritual of the Sew Weekly challenges (I listen to music on Pandora that fits the decade/theme. I try to watch some sort of tv marathon on Netflix/PBO/PBS etc incl. catching up on 2 seasons of Downton Abbey and 4 seasons of Mad Men. I’m actually caring for my skin better in prep for photos. I’m putting on nail polish/varnish to match the colours I’m sewing each week, and looking at the bright colours makes me happy. I’m treating myself to accessories for the first time in years. And…
- I can still get excited about buying a new lipstick
- Sewing in a zip gives me a immense sense of well-being
- My biggest hurdle (procrastination starter) each week is cutting the fabric pieces
- No matter what I tell myself about ‘have an easier week this week’…..I will always bite off more than I can chew when I think up a suitable project/garment/outfit/embellishment