Thursday, November 20, 2014

about GOMI

I have been learning all kinds of things on getoffmyinternets.org. For example, stunt sewing is a thing. I've done that. I am laughing that I even sewed this dress 2 years ago:

Even the shoes are stunt shoes. I got them cheap at DSW and they are black suede booties that I can
wear for about 15 minutes before I must remove them or my feet will cry real tears.
I am still sewing. But I never feel like my garments are interesting enough to blog about anymore. I really do just want to wear tops and jackets that *fit me - so sew I must. But I can buy RTW skirts and pants, and I'd rather spend my time doing other things than trying out the new Ginger Jeans pattern by Closet Case Files because it looks like it might be a great pattern for me. That's not enough of a reason anymore. RTW pants fit me, so why not just order a few and wear them and be done with it? Well, that's what I am doing.

I am definitely exploring dressmaking options for the members of my daughter's wedding party. I will take the bridesmaids shopping and if we find dresses that look good on them, well I am just gonna buy them. If we don't find great dresses, then YUP I WILL DESIGN AND SEW CUSTOM DRESSES. Or maybe I will just sew my own, and offer to sew for Laura's stepmom and maybe the mother of the groom would like a dress, who knows?

About GOMI - yes, I have been on that website. There are some nasty comments, and, there are also some really intelligent and interesting comments. It's a bit like shopping at a Thrift Shop. You take the best and leave the rest.

I am on Instagram and Pinterest, but I just don't feel the old passion coming back for blogging. I guess I am a go-big-or-go-home girl. I mean, I used to spend like 20 hours a week on my blog. I was driven and I loved every minute. So that was nice.

*My Fitting Adjustments, or, The Summary of What I Learned from 2006 - 2014:

My back waist length (from nape of neck to waist) is about 1" longer than patterns allow for. All the fitting books tell you to add an inch at the waist, but the fitting books are wrong for my body. I need to add that extra inch up at the neckline, redraft the neckline, redraft the shoulder seams, redraft the sleeve heads and if there is a collar involved, redraft that, too. FUN, right?! I don't mind doing it, but damn it was hard to figure out. I spent countless hours and dollars studying with all the celebrity sewing teachers. Each one of them diagnosed a piece of the puzzle and I eventually put the pieces together.
I am 5'9" but do I have long legs? no. All those 32" inseam pants fit me just fine. All of my height is stuck up there in my neck. [BUT! Yes, of course, I am truly grateful that I can buy RTW pants. Pants are hard to fit, too.]
This is the only type of top that fits me without alterations. Cute but it does get boring after a while.