How do you do your part?

How do you do your part?

By now you must be aware of the cost fashion can impose on the environment and workers in the fashion industry. Or maybe you thought it was all “fixed”.  Things have improved. You now have choices about how and where your clothing was made and who made it. Yet fashion is still an industry that is about churning out more because stockholders and everyone employed needs to make money.

 I’m not sure what would happen to the economy if consumers began buying less items of a higher quality that are made or refashioned locally. There would probably be some turmoil if it happened all at once. I do think if we all start to make better and more thoughtful choices companies will respond with less and better quality product and hopefully higher worker pay. It may cut off my flow of thrift store finds because now everyone has things they love, that fit them well and they aren’t shopping for entertainment anymore which would result in less to get rid of.

I tend to take the easy way out and shop thrift and consignment stores. I am also the one that picks up fabric and sewing notions from thrift and fellow seamstress give a ways.

How do you make sure your clothing is a responsible choice?

Life’s too short

Life’s too short

Ever told yourself I’ll get myself nice clothes when I lose weight? Have more time? Have more money?

That is delaying and excusing and putting off happiness. I know because I have used all of them. There was a store in downtown Seattle called Thomas Teifer. I walked past it for 20+ years always telling myself I would buy an outfit there as a reward when I reached my ideal weight. Well guess what? My weight hasn’t changed in 20 years and now the store is closed. What kind of message was I giving myself? That I’m not worthy until I’m thin? That I can’t be happy till I’m thin.  Where did that come from?

Those messages are given to us subliminally and overtly every day. They come from within and without and it is important they don’t get stuck in our head. Because life is too short to tell ourselves that we can’t be happy till we reach our end goal. The journey is the game. Be happy now and don’t wear boring clothes (unless you really want to).

What have you delayed knowingly or unknowingly in your life until it was too late? Enjoy the journey. We’re all going to the same place in the end may as well have some fun on the way.

Here are two places to get ideas to avoid the  boring clothes conundrum.

Thanksgiving jumpsuit by The Outfit Repeater

London Menswear

Set up a time now to discuss how to get rid of your boring clothes



Every day there are fights in my head. Do you have those fights? These are those moments of conflict with ourselves. I’m not leaving the house. Should I bother putting on anything but sweats? There is a last piece of cake. Should I eat it? There is a networking event next week. Should I go? I have a closet full of clothes. Do I need to buy more?

Your internal conversations are probably different than mine. And the conflicts change over time. For years one of my conflicts was about exercise. How do I fit in exercise today? Or should I fit in exercise today? This one has resolved itself with age and retirement. Instead of the choice being about how do I fit it in, it has become a choice of do I want to fit it in or become an unhealthy person who can’t take advantage of the years left in my life. That makes the choice in this conflict much easier. Plus it is easier to find the time to make that choice.

Another conflict in my head over the years has been about what I wear. In middle school it was easy to make the choice to care about how I look. I had extra time in my life and there is something about that age that makes you think everything you wear looks good. Witness anyone’s middle school picture to confirm that.

As I aged I found the conflicts over what to wear changed. Once my body changed and when I became a small business owner I found I had no time and I found that I could hide by being the plant lady. My clothes are just going to get dirty so why would I dress up? Then when I had my daughter there was the excuse that I have no time. During that period in my life I never wore anything that didn’t come as a gift or that wasn’t bought at a thrift store. There was no time to shop and I never knew what to buy anyway. When I opened my closet and had nothing to wear it was a downer. I didn’t even realize how it affected my self-confidence. It cascaded down and the choices I made were never about myself. I deferred decisions and then worried about them.

The decision I made to again care and take care of myself included looking at my wardrobe and appearance. The DIY approach took a l- o-n -g time and it was painful. I am back to enjoying fashion and taking joy in what I wear and how I look. And yes I still have days where I make the decision to look like a slump for the day and that is OK. It is no longer a reflection of how I value myself but a conscious decision.

Is wardrobe on your conflict list? Make a decision to move it off your list by solving the wardrobe conundrum or deciding it doesn’t matter. Don’t let it be one of those unresolved conflicts that is keeping you stuck. I am happy to help. Give me a call.

These conflicts waste time and mental energy. Recognizing and making a decision about them will free up that space and mental energy for living.Where are you in your head talk? What conflicts have you conquered?

1950’s Sew Chic Patterns

1950’s Sew Chic Patterns

As you may have guessed this week we are going to take a look at the glamorous 1950’s patterns from Sew Chic and see which ones will fit my triangle or pear body shape. I wanted to mention one other thing about Sew Chic and Laura Nash (the designer). She gives great fit tips on her website. These body hugging clothes deserve a good fitting to truly show their design.

What works for triangles? The starter skirt if worn with the right top could be a good choice because the hemline is more flared than the hips and it is fitted in the hips and waist with a wide belt to emphasize your waist. The length is a little long to be flattering on most people. Mid knee is typically most flattering.

The phantom jacket also has possibilities since it hits below the hip line. Making it in a matching or lighter color than what you are wearing below will make it most flattering.

The spin skirt (without the ribbon at the hip line) is also a good choice for a skirt. A small print on the skirt would be a good fabric choice. A fitted top in a lighter color with some detail at the neckline would be lovely. You also should avoid the ruffled version.

Beatrice pocket dress also works because of the defined waist and the curved line on the pockets and where they are set. The neckline draws attention up to and frames your beautiful face. The Victory jacket is a bolero style jacket that would look great over a long sleeve white shirt and jeans or a form fitting sheath dress.

The Ginseng dress with a sashed waist and open neckline also frames the face and brings the focal point up. I would bring the hemline up to the knee for myself. The beautiful Averly dress has a little more detail up top and a defined waist. Another good triangle choice in the vintage line up.


Which of these beautiful garments would you add to your wardrobe?



Not sure what your body type is or how to dress so that you look your absolute best?

Sew Chic Pattern Co.

Sew Chic Pattern Co.


My local Seattle fabric store – Pacific Fabrics (the one that sells great garment fabric) recently sent out a notice about a Sew Chic trunk show. If you are interested it is at their Northgate location from 10 to noon on September 1.

I loved vintage clothes when I was younger and would find them at thrift stores and by raiding my mom’s closet. I found as I aged they didn’t look as fabulous and made me look vintage. As an experiment I browsed the collection to see what would work with my triangle body shape. The website is broken down into 1930’s, 1940’s and 1950’s style patterns along with several other categories.

Today let’s look at the 1930’s collection. The Myrtlewood dress is my favorite. That belt at the hip line would not work for me so alas I must move on to the other choices. The Fantasia dress moves the sash up above the waist and would be a perfect choice for a triangle. The Constance dress, Ehlen and Portrait blouses are three more fabulous choices because the details are above the hips. These beautiful styles would be perfect for a triangle.

Next week I will tackle the 1940’s collection  to see which of these great patterns I could use. Which of these 30’s patters do you like the best?