Oh the years and years of sewing I've done!
(Pictured above: Me and my cat Winnie, in 1972.)
My sewing times included a year of tailoring in high school, and a year of fashion design in college, and then decades of sewing for myself, my kids and for making home decoration.
It has been several years since I threaded up my trusty 1976 Kenmore sewing machine.
Today the machine was brought back into faithful service.
I sewed a pair of leggings for Luke.
My daughter-in-law has liked the fitted pants on toddlers and was not liking the price of them (would you believe $38 for a pair?)
I found a do-it-yourself site and suggested to her that with my sewing machine and a double needle we could whip up some leggings ourselves for a whole lot less.
And so I did...in 30 minutes, from cut out to being put on the kid all finished.
So much fun!
Forgot to take a picture of him rocking a tribal pattern set of leggings.
But really...usually sewing is just hard and annoying work for me.
A seam ripper is frequently to be found in use in my hand when I am sewing.
Far too often the end results are a far cry from what I had envisioned.
Secretly...I hate sewing!
But...I do LOVE creating outfits.
If only an outfit could be whipped up as fast as I think them up.
What to do...
What to do...
Take a 47 inch x 64 inch rayon beach wrap.
Slip on a pair of draw string "Made in India" pants and a shell that my mom got me for my birthday last April.
(I had looked and looked for a top to go with the pants for a year. How fun that Mom scored a top without even knowing I was looking for such a top!)
Create almost a dozen new outfits.
Slip wrap over shoulders and turn back front edge.
Now I have my arms covered with a jacket look.
Tie the long ends together to make a tube.
Slip the tube on with the ties in back.
Kind of extra drape-y.
The tie up scheme.
Tie over one shoulder.
Or if one want a bit more back side coverage, tie over one shoulder and at the top of the leg.
Slip arms through the tied up tube, letting the knots be sleeve embellishment.
The fabric is half folded length wise.
The fold creates a waist line in the jacket back.
Oh and what the heck...why not make a hat, turban style, too.
Let a bit of fringe peek out for extra detail.
Drape the fabric over the back of you head while bending at the waist.
Twist the ends and proceed to wrap the twisted fabric around the head then tuck in the ends.
How the top of the head looks.
The turban comes out differently each time, according to how tightly the ends are twisted and how tightly the ends are wrapped around the head.
I love how native African women use fabric to make elegant turbans.
We could learn a lot from them about head wrapping style.
The fabric being so light the turban is easy to wear.
But what about if one needs to travel in one of the countries where women must cover up?
Or perish the thought...what if those folks come here and suddenly "their" law is the law of the land?
Here is a "modest" trial run at that style.
Naturally one can wrap the fabric as a skirt, and belt it.
Or wear it under the top.
Well that was so much fun I took another run at draping fun with a much larger piece of fabric.
Can you guess how I got this look?
Fabric was tied behind the neck, draped down the front, then swung between the legs and the ends tied in front behind the front drape.
Would you believe I can't figure out how I did this drape?
I like it...
But I can't figure the drape pattern out, even with a back view to work with!
Well, that was different wasn't it?
(Bet you are laughing your head off and thinking I am totally nuts!)
I had a lot of fun.
Have you ever played with fabric draping to create an outfit?
Did you dare to wear them out in public?