Like nearly every other sewing blogger I started making my own clothes because I couldn't find what I wanted or at a price I could afford in the shops.
I didn't mention dresses or skirts because I rarely (make that never) wear them. I am more comfortable in jeans or trousers but at 67 years old, my shape is no longer the one standard jeans are made to fit. I also don't think the public view of me should include parts of my flesh only I should see so tops need to be long enough to tuck in and waistbands need to be nearer my waist and not my knees. I want to be comfortable yet modern and I love bright colours but my shopping choices left me with either vibrant fabrics that didn't fit me or mature, shape hiding garments in dowdy, non-descript material. So now retired with plenty of time to learn a new and rewarding hobby, I am stitching away.
So what have I made recently? Well the first pair of jeans that I'm really happy with. These were made from some heavyweight green brocade that was originally going to be a muslin but they turned out well enough to be a fair garment. I experimented with my new Janome sewing machine's embroidery features to create the pocket detail using two threads instead of top stitching thread to give a better emphasis.
I also made the T-shirts I'm wearing in the photo. I'm using the rest of the fabric to make a jacket using the pattern and instructions from the Craftsy class, Sew better, Sew faster. I'll post pictures next time.