Now that I've caught up to myself, time to do something a little different. For instance, i am deadly bored of my own wardrobe - T-shirts and denim. Whether Walmart or top-dollar, it's hundreds of the same item as far as the eye can see, even with the current fashion for peasant/ethnic/boho styles, and especially for us Ladies of Lovely Proportions for whom there is a significantly smaller marketplace from which to choose.
It's great to be able to go to a store (or online, I heart The Internet) and find something that fits and is (reasonably) fashionable. Instant gratification is good. On the other hand, though, isn't it great to have something nobody else has, and not meet your exact outfit coming down the aisle at your local grocery?
Look at this selection at a Mexican market stall. Like a field of wildflowers blooming! The basic shapes are simple and easy to sew, materials simple to get, decoration limited only by imagination. Possibilities are almost endless, and if you make it yourself you can be sure nobody else will have the same thing
Same thing goes for traditional blouses from eastern Europe - these beauties are from Romania. Simple, rectangular construction, everyday materials, embellishment as simple or complex as the creator desires. So this is where I'll be playing (with random tangents because oo squirrel!) for the next little while...
Hi. My name is Liadain, and I do blackwork. And stuff. And blackwork. I can stop anytime I want - after I finish just one more thread....
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