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26 May 2011
Somewhere not so deep inside of me is a happy, mu mu-wearing housewife just waiting to be self-actualized. But, sadly, full-time housewife just ain't in the financial cards. (And mu mus aren't in the husband-approved cards.) To compensate, I find myself getting these powerful urges to do things like bake 50 cakes or make homemade gifts for all of my friends' babies.
(Also, I'm kidding -- mostly -- about the mu mus. The ones above are just fabric samples at Michael Levine, the world's most amazing fabric store, in downtown LA. Though I could totally get comfy in some caftans. A caftan is work-appropriate, right? Hell, anything is work-appropriate when you work from home!)
These days, my inner housewife is sewing up a storm. With my limited skill level, that means I have a few new sack dresses!
The one right above is actually for my friend Cathryn. Yes, that's right. I'm voluntarily making dresses for other people now. Holy wow, I must be delusional! What makes me think that my garments are worth wearing? Well, nothing. Except that Cathryn was here, we went fabric shopping together, and when she saw some that she liked but she doesn't sew, I couldn't deny her the chance to get a cute little summer dress out of the deal.
Fabric shopping is just so fun. In a way, it's better than clothes shopping. You get to see fabrics you like, imagine them in any shape you want, and with no need to visit the fitting room. Just envision the cute little wrap dress that could emerge from that print fabric...
Or the cute apron that could come from either color version of this modern bird print...
Theoretically, this crazy print will turn into a little wrap top as soon as I muster the courage to actually sew the pieces together.
I've basically got a whole new wardrobe lined up between all the fabric and patterns I have waiting.
So now it's just a matter of doing it all. And with our big home improvement projects out of the way, the only thing stopping me is other distractions. But so far, so good.
Because we're a tad tight on space, sewing a lot also means taking over the dining area, which may grow tiresome quickly. TBD.
With the upcoming long weekend, I'm hoping to make a dent in my project piles, so with a little luck I'll have some brand new clothes to show off soon. Stay tuned!
Anyone else been feeling domestic lately? Any housewifey (or househusbandy) projects coming from your casa?
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