Oh Purple.

How I dost love thee.

Or so it would seem.

My summer clothing situation is getting rather a bit dire.  I have dropped some weight, and the few t-shirts I do have are a bit on the large side.

Let’s go back in time for a minute so’s I can explain.  I will wear only one kind of neckline on a t-shirt.  And being a rather short, plump sort of lady, with mildly abundant bosoms, that would be a v-neck.  Nope.  Don’t wanna hear it.  Whatever else you are sellin’, I don’t want it.  V-neck, v-neck, v-neck.  Sleeve lengths can vary.

So as of last summer, I had managed to amass a decent amount of short sleeved, v-neck tees from various places, in various colors.  The Gap, Target, Old Navy, I forget where else.  Maybe it was just those three.  So yeah.  After a number of washings, the Target and Old Navy tees were a hot mess and a half.  Clearly not cut on grain.  And, really, I think I paid $5 each for them.  So I wasn’t surprised, just annoyed.  Annoyed because I should know better.  I should know that a $5 tee is going to suck.  Hard.   My momma taught me about fabric grain when I was what, 5?  I learned about fabric grain before I sewed.  I should know better.   So wait, what was I talking about?  Oh yeah.  So I ruthlessly purged all the sucky tees.  To realize that the ones that don’t suck were all from the Gap and while they cost a little more, I feel that it’s worth it.  And we aren’t talking hundreds of dollars here.  We’re talking a $20 tee versus a $5 tee.  I can live with that.  The only problem is that every time I go to the Gap.com to look for new colors, all they have is hot pink, black, white and yellow.  Um. NO.  I swore off most black when I left Starbucks after nearly 17 years.  And white, well, boobs.  Food.  White shirt.  Bad idea.  And no, dyeing the shirt once you’ve stained it does not work.  Ever.  Unless you are into tie-dye.  So the three shirts I have from the Gap that I like?  All shades of purple.

I am on a sewing mission.  A mission to use up fabric I have, to make things I need, or things I can sell on etsy.   So I dug out all the cotton knit that I had.  Cut me out some shirts.  Started sewing them up this evening.  Two of them.  Each different from the other.

Guess what?

They are both shades of purple.


Hello world!

Ah!  A refreshing change of venue!

Whadaya think Dad?  I say that, because I think Dad might be the only one who reads this regularly.   I can’t even remember the last time I blogged on the old blog.  Which I will be figuring out how to move to here at some point.

Manfriend has been doing a lot with WordPress, and it sounded like it would be quite a good thing for me to use.  So I switched.

What are we doing here?  Well.  I sew.  All kinds of stuff.  All kinds of different stuff.  I also knit.  And spin and like to dye things.   I am feeling the need to shift my focus and center in on a shorter list of subjects.  Seeing as to how my one degree is in fashion, and I am not really using it, I am very much leaning towards doing something with that.

We have a sad state of affairs clothing-wise in this country.  You don’t believe me?  Peopleofwalmart.com.  Do I need to say more?  When did so many people stop giving a crap what they looked like when they left the house?  It also seems like there are a lot of women out there who don’t expect much from their clothing.  Which, when you are paying $5 for a t-shirt from Old Navy, is kind of to be expected.  But I, for one, am completely unwilling to accept this.   I would rather pay $20 for a t-shirt and not have it do that weird-twisty-thing when I wash it.   Oh come on.  You know what I mean when I say that.  You know what that weird-twisty-thing means?  Your shirt was cut off grain.  That’s what it means.  Yes, fabric has a grain.  I’ll get into that at some point.

And no one expects a truly good fit from their clothes.  I did a costume for a woman once.   It was a slightly sexy Mrs. Claus dress.  It was red, stretch velvet, high slit on the leg, but not too trashy, and a low V-neckline.  Not crazy-low, but a bit of cleavage.  And it was all princess seams.  She said when she wore it to the first dress rehearsal, all the other ladies in the show were in awe.  About how well it fit.  One woman told her that it fit so good!  Like a wedding dress!  Which to me, says that young women today don’t really expect much from the fit of their clothes.  Except on their wedding day.  Which just struck me as really, really sad.  I’m sorry, but I want ALL of my clothes to fit THAT awesome, ALL of the time.  There has to be a way to fix this.  I just haven’t figured out how exactly.  One has to get the tide of popular opinion to shift.  And I realize that it is hard to walk away from finding pants on sale for $20 or less and recondition oneself to realizing that $80 for a pair of pants that make your ass look amazing and that will last takes some doing.

For my part, I want to start a clothing line.  It would have to be small, unless someone out there wants to be my financial backer?  Yes?  😀  It will be small, and I don’t know when exactly I will get it started, but that’s my goal.    I will be focusing on the plus-sizes and tricky-to-fit.  And tall ladies.  Ya’ll really get the sad end of deal clothing-wise.  I am 5’1″ and I sew.  I can buy long things and hem them up.  The tall amongst ya’ll can’t do that.  You can’t just sew more fabric onto things.  It usually just looks bad.

The plus-sized thing.  That’s going to be a whole ‘nother post.  Because I am plus-sized.  But I will save that for another day.

Please share and tell me what you want/need/what pisses you off about clothes shopping!  The more I hear from the world, the more I can aim to fill that void/need.