August

Chambray Scout Tee opener

Chambray Scout Tee

August is a free-for-all month.  The fall, winter, spring is filled with school, holidays and so many activities it’s hard to break away from rigid schedules.  When school lets out in June, the summer activities swing in full force.  But somehow, come August, everything grinds to a halt.  Summer camp is over, school hasn’t yet begun, even the activities that go on all year, storytimes and special events seem to hold their breath for thirty one days so we can all regroup. 

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My kids aren’t in school yet, but I still feel the disorderliness of August.  I often like it, we can choose to do whatever we want on whatever day we want.  This means that, when we’re dressing in the morning, I have to wear something that’s all encompassing: comfortable, not too casual, and easily matched with other items (in case I get some kid detritus on one item and have to change).

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I have made another scout in the past and I love how simple the silhouette is.  I decided to make one up in a chambray that I found at Haberman’s several months ago.  Chambray is such a lovely fabric, it’s comfortable, light, simple, and perfect for a piece in my August wardrobe.  I knew it would also transitions well as it’s easily layered under a chunky sweater or over a light knit t-shirt or even under a structured blazer for a little more put together look.

chambray scout pocket

I added a self drafted pocket and changed the hemline to make it a little more visually interesting.   I love Grainline Studio patterns because they are simple, you can make many garments from one pattern, even altering some thing here and there is relatively easy.

Sadly, August is already drawing to a close and I am in the midst of sewing pieces for my fall wardrobe.  I am not looking forward to the cold weather, but I love all the fleece and wool that fall clothes have to offer.

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cake or one of (what will be) many plantain tops

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It’s 7:13 AM and I’m dreading the arduous task of getting myself and two kids dressed.  It seems silly to worry or even think too much about a quotidian, essential task but we will spend the whole day in whatever outfits are chosen and that’s important.  Not only will it mean our comfort (or lack thereof), in our hyper-exposed culture, it is the story we tell upon meeting anyone new.  I don’t mean to say that clothes tell us EVERYTHING about a person but, whether we like it or not, they are a first impression.

In my former line of work, clothes, or “costumes” as they are more appropriately named in that field, were thought about, labored over, designed for months.  It was important to tell the story of a character through their appearance, and clothes were meant to resonate their personality, their mental space on that day and time.  Not that I think that deeply about my outfit choices on a daily basis, but I do think about it.

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I began sewing because I wanted to have greater commitment to the conversation I was having through my clothing.  There is something very satisfying to me to be able to create from beginning to end, a garment that I will wear again and again.  As I’ve transitioned in my life, both with career (going from two jobs to stay at home mom) and body (pregnancy and nursing), I want to be able to create a wardrobe that tells the story of who I am now.

There is a lot of talk in the sewing world about cake vs frosting, a metaphor I love because it works so well.  I am in the cake part of wardrobe building, lots of knit tops and pants.  I was working on fitting the clover pants forever ago and then I got pregnant again so had to put that on the back burner.  I am now working my way through the craftsy class, Jean-ius with Kenneth King, and thus far, I’m loving it.  

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I’ve been sewing up knit tops, and right now my favorite is the plantain top by Deer & Doe.  I made it up in and incredibly soft cotton jersey from Girl Charlee and, while I had a bit of trouble because I cut the fabric slightly off grain, I was able to finagle my way into (almost) matching stripes.  

I have two more knits in my queue to sew up in this pattern and pants on the way.  Even though summer is still heavy in the air, I have fall sewing on the brain, and with limited sewing time it’s never too early to start planning for the upcoming season.  I have my eyes on the hudson pant pattern from true bias and the minoru jacket from sewaholic.  We’ll see what the season brings.

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