It was July 2018, a dark time when I entered my creative black hole. A time when I had set myself the totally achievable task of sewing 5 or 6 garments to wear on a summer jaunt around Europe. A comprehensive Travel Wardrobe.
It is now October. And I laugh. Oh how I laugh!
Did I sew 5 or 6 garments? Good God no! Did I breeze around Europe looking like Bridgette Bardot or a Cubano princess? Lord no! (Actually, I maybe looked a little Cardi B after that altercation with Nicki Minaj’s bodyguard).
I did give it a good college try! But the odds were stacked extremely high against me. I had a really sick child who took up my days and nights for about two weeks. Then I bought a bunch of material, some of which turned out to be a nightmare to sew in my shortened production period.
So I cut my losses, I prioritised and I got my heavenly mother to babysit a few days while I hammered away at the sewing machine.
What I ended up with was a gorgeous poplin cherry print dress that buttons all the way from top to bottom at the front, with a semi-attached top to give a cute little peek-a-boo midriff. I basically made myself a half circle skirt. Then, through trial and error, I made the top so that it was a back piece that attached to the waistline of the skirt and two flaps at the front which buttoned up. Add on two straps and voila! Done! Easy as pie! That is, if your pie didn’t fit you and you had to start again, then it was too big, so you pinned it in and then you unpicked it and then sewed it up again. Easy. As. Pie.
The second garment I designed was a circle skirt made from a luxurious linen palm frond material. This actually was easy enough, as I’m getting quite good at the old circle skirt. The main problem here was when my scissors got too blunt for my poor hands to use I had to ask my husband to help cut one strip of the material but he actually cut it all. All of the material, through the layers, to within an inch of his life. But we overcame it. He’s still alive. I have new scissors. We’ll never speak of it again.
Did I wear these garments around Europe? Yes and no. Look, it was really, really hot. I could barely get myself into a pair of bikinis most days. And I kind of overestimated my food consumption over there, so I had made them a little large. Now that I’m home I intend to take both skirts in and wear them all summer long. Because on the days I did wear them I felt super special. I was proud of them, proud of my ability to troubleshoot the designs as I went along and proud of the progress I’ve made in my sewing.
I can’t wait to just gallivant around Melbourne in my European Travel Wardrobe! It’ll make every day feel like I’m Cardi Bardot on a Greek Island.
Kirby in Dreamland
Materials: Each garment = $60 of material. But there is plenty left over for future projects. And about $10 in buttons.
Time: I would say 2 or 3 days of sewing.
Satisfaction/Pride Level: (4.5/5)