unselfish sewing: the great skirt experiment

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Fit was a huge part of why I wanted to learn to sew. (And polyester. God, the polyester.) I was tired of getting pissed off while shopping because entire genres of clothing were off limits.

Of all the reasons I’m proud of my handmade garments, the fact that they fit is probably the most important thing. But I began thinking: Wouldn’t it be an interesting exercise to try to fit a garment to someone else?

So I sent an email blast to some lady friends with a proposal: Give me some of your time — enough for me to take measurements and do fittings — and I’ll give you a free skirt.

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unselfish sewing: finlayson

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I’ve never sewn anything for my husband. Well, that’s not entirely true; I did once sew a tie for him, but it was kind of a disaster, and even I had to admit the fabric was totally wrong. I think it’s crumpled up under the bed now.

So I’ve been leery of sewing him anything else. But I have to admit, I still wanted to. So I settled on the Finlayson sweatshirt because really, not even I could mess up a sweatshirt, right?

(Yes, I could, and I definitely could have done a better job, but he’ll never notice. I think.)

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staple sewing: the simple shift

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I feel like I’ve said this a thousand times, but here it is again: I can’t believe I didn’t think of this before! After poring over my ideal silhouettes via Wardrobe Architect, I realized shift dresses are the perfect answer to my personal style, which can be summed up as basic, basic, and boring, with lots of dresses. I’ve always steered clear of them because I’m a pear shape. I mean, can this style really work if your hips are two sizes bigger than your waist?

Spoiler: It works. It skims everything and looks effortless. Only downside is that even my dress form Constance can upstage me in pictures if she’s wearing a flashier fabric. Thanks, Constance.

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staple sewing: the pencil skirt

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After a number of interruptions from real life, we’re back to our regularly scheduled sewing.

Now, if this blog post were a J.Crew email blast, it would have a much snappier title, like, “PENCIL IT IN: the season’s hottest silhouette, in all the colors you can dream of.”

Seriously, though, did anyone else get the J.Crew email that said “PUPPIES” in the subject line and “Just kidding, we’re having a sale” or something like that in the body?

OK, fine. Here’s your J.Crew quip: Good things come in threes. That counts for Monetas, Plantains, pencil skirts, and puppies.

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