What's Your Style?

The thoughts below were included in my most recent newsletter. Sewing is so much more than connecting two pieces of fabric with thread. From time to time I like to share what's on my radar with textiles, sewing and the making community. I love to hear your thoughts, so please join the conversation in the comments or on Facebook! If you haven't yet, join our newsletter so you don't miss any of our updates!

How many times have you made something (or bought something) and realized that you just don't like it? Maybe you loved the print, but you didn't love it on you. Or you picked a new style that's super trendy but turns out it doesn't go with anything you have in your closet.

If you're like me, you just cast it aside or returned it but didn't give too much thought to what that meant for the next thing you made or purchased.

I have a wardrobe full of clothes and closets full of bags that I just don't like. Maybe I was obsessed with the fabric design and the print and I just HAD to turn it into a shirt. But liking the artwork of giant flowers does not mean that I want to wear them. So I put it aside and when the next giant flower came my way I would think "Well, maybe it would be better with this pattern" and so I'd make another shirt. And so on.

I wasn't taking the time to figure out what my style was. I just kind of assumed that if I liked a material then I would like the final product made from that material.

Clothes and I have always had a very tumultuous relationship. I had major clothes (and accessories) insecurities until very recently. I was always sure that I wasn't wearing something right, or something didn't look good on me and I just didn't realize it. I was paralyzed when it came to buying things like shoes or sunglasses and just wanted to keep my style under the radar so I wouldn't make any style mistakes.

Then about 18 months ago I had to buy a pair of sunglasses. Sunglasses purchases are one of those things that gave me anxiety (did they look okay on my face? was I trying to hard to pick up a trend that I couldn't pull off? I'm telling you all, major insecurities here!). But there was a glorious pair of mint greenish sunglasses. Anyone who has been in the studio knows I have a weakness for that color. But a bold color on a pair of sunglasses? On my face? There was no way I was prepared to do that. Yet I did it. And people either didn't care, or I got compliments on them!