Everybody's joining contests! What about me??? I missed the Vintage contest, the Mini Wardrobe contest, and The Great Coat Sew Along. Can you say "indecisive"? Thanks to some surfing on Marji's site I've found the contest for me (drum roll please) the My Pattern contest on PR. I read about it and while I started contemplating what I could possibly make all these memories started coming back.
I really was a designer at one time! I'd almost forgotten. During my Minneapolis daytime temp, evening custom sewing business time I designed some dresses that were selected for a big time fashion show! Impressed? It was sponsored by The Fashion Group and the participants were selected by a committee. Real, professional models wore my clothes! It was very cool. Here's a peek:
Re-enter indecisiveness: what should I make? I want to try draping (my other designs were all from a flat pattern), I want it to be functional, I want it to be complicated enough to be a challenge, but not so complicated that I give up in frustration. I started by browsing the vintage pattern sites to copy something and got a few ideas. Today I drew up my idea. It's a combination of one vintage 60's pattern, an Akris neckline, an Jill Sander jacket over slim pants, and a JMendel sleeveless jacket. Here's the visual:
Now, I have a mission. Along with sewing more vintage patterns (I was in vintage overdrive last year but it hasn't stopped me from collecting more patterns!), continuing with my wardrobe (spring and not-yet-complete summer-fun) projects, and sewing at least one, if not two coats (I know everyone will be blogging about this, so I'm going to pretend I'm part of the sew-along club), I'll be dusting off all my designer juices to complete a project for this contest. Yay.
P.S. - Just after I'd written the draft of this post I visited the contest pages on PR. Yikes, I really so try not think of this as a competition, but yikes! First of all Marji's making a formal dress, second Don McCunn, author of How To Make Sewing Patterns is making a wedding gown. Then in the last week Myraida announced she's entering - at the rate she's going her dress will be done on Monday and it's beautiful! Once again indecision, low self-esteem, I can't compete voices start calling me.
...But I'm not listening! Yesterday, I joined.