Now that Keen has lost so much weight he has this pile of clothes that are waaaay too big. Literally, it's a pile because I was all, "Hey, can I have some of your t-shirts that don't fit anymore?!" And he was, "Uh, why?" And I was like, "Because I can cut up your shirts into tank tops and things!" And then we stopped talking like teenagers and he pulled out way more clothes than I expected into this huge pile of recyclable materials that I could dumpster dive into to my heart's content.
(OK, I didn't really stop talking like a teenager.)
So I've been really into the whole idea of recycling/reusing clothes. I've seen some amazing, creative work by other fabric artists (they're called that, right?) and I think it's a perfect solution when you get bored by your wardrobe (like I do) and it's environmentally healthy (bonus!) and you also increase the chance that you'll make a cool, unique article of clothing, which I love. You know me, in general I really like clothes and designers.
Except… I'm a little scared of sewing.
It's not that I'm terribly, horribly bad at sewing, but I'm not very good either and it makes me nervous. Or at least, working up to the actual sewing makes me nervous, and threading the needles make me nervous, and cutting the material makes me nervous, but once I actually start working on a project I'm OK. Sort of. Kind of like doing math. However, I'm also frequently gripped with an intense desire to MAKE something, with my hands, which usually involves materials other than, well, material. Like metal, so it's OK. I get my making fix elsewhere. Also at the moment I am trying NOT to shop, because I want to save money for BlogHer (hello! New York!).
But at the same time I'm going to BlogHer. Hello? Want new outfits! (What? At least, I admit it.)
So here I am… trying not to shop, a little bored with my wardrobe, an itching desire to MAKE SOMETHING (and oh my god, this feeling is totally why Frankenstein was created) that just keeps building, and a big pile of usable material right in front of me. See?
Sooooo… I'm going to try some projects, attempt some cute tops, maybe even wear them to BlogHer. Even though I'm scared (a little) that I will crash and burn. That could be a totally new button for them… "I'm going to BlogHer in DIY clothes," or "I went to BlogHer as a craft project gone wrong." Whichever. I'm sure it'll be fine. Even though I love clothes and designers, I have no pretension of actually being a designer. I was thinking more that I could cut down some of Keen's old tees into this shape…
…which is a $15 dollar drapey tank from Forever 21 that I love! Seriously, it's all soft and flowy and versatile, and as you can see the material conversion should be pretty close. So I figure if I can get a couple more of these out of his t-shirts I'll be pretty happy. Maybe I'll also try a tank I saw at Anthropologie that was the same shape but done in panels of different materials. And then I'll get cocky from my success and I'll try something else that may or may not work (but I'll probably think it works because of my inflated sewing ego) and I'll keep tripping merrily down a path of textile danger and YOU will get to watch the whole accident-mesmerizing journey.
I'm sure it'll be fine.
But if I come up with something really hideous for NY, you'll tell me right?
– the weirdgirl