Replication or Creation - What's your Sewing Style?

Do you remember playing this game at school...

A group of children in a circle, in which whispered messages were passed from ear to ear around the circle and the version which came back to the starting point bore no relation to the original message!

This poncho originally had a fur polo neck. It just didn't make my heart sing! Chopping off the fur polo neck and adding a simple neck, then adding 40 pom poms...now that's a winner for me!

This poncho originally had a fur polo neck. It just didn't make my heart sing! Chopping off the fur polo neck and adding a simple neck, then adding 40 pom poms...now that's a winner for me!


We are all different! We hear and focus on what we are interested in. Let's not talk about the need for nagging now! Multiply the amount of people interpreting  the original story and there are copious variations. This isn't good when we want to replicate the original garment we have seen In fabric with a perfect fit too!

Black paired with a pop of Orange!

Black paired with a pop of Orange!

When it comes to sewing I love aspects of what I have seen via visual inspiration to become my own creation. The saying goes, "don't reinvent the wheel". Everyone knows that the wheel has been done! But embellishments? Hmmmm!

Adding a muted Necklace makes this poncho work  

Adding a muted Necklace makes this poncho work  

Most Fashion details have all been done before. Different eras have produced amazing designs. Some designers are simply brilliant. Looking at outfits from different times is truly a plethora of inspiration: Collars, Sleeves, seam detail... 

The quest for creation is fraught with its' ups and downs. You question your choice & you keep questioning yourself, "Will this work?" Untried territory, scary yet full of adventure. There is no guarantee you will love the final garment. You may find out what you don't love! It is a huge learning curve and a roller coaster of emotions but it IS worth going on this journey. Creation though, is not for the faint hearted. 

A classic check... now a Jacket that feels funky!

A classic check... now a Jacket that feels funky!

Replication of outfits is also fun. Body shapes can be irrelevant in our creative process because if you are sewing for yourself or someone else... What is right is right. However our personality and lifestyle speaks as loudly if not louder than our body shape. The challenge is when our eye deceives us. With our mind's eye, not all of us see ourselves as we truly are. This is the challenge for each one of us in our choice of Pattern and Fabric. I'll let you in on a secret, after a lifetime of looking through fashion magazines with Jerry Hall body type models, not many of us will look like the model after we make the outfit she is wearing. So disappointing!

Recreating what you love  after locating what you think is the perfect fabric and pattern is truly a sewing quest. Will the outfit deliver exactly what you were after? Joy of joys if the quest is a success!

I have to say when I pop this Capelet on I feel happy

I have to say when I pop this Capelet on I feel happy

To actually make & wear what you saw, stitched AND feel fabulous in it.... then start the next garment on your sewing list, would be an awesome sewing journey in a perfect world.... but that is not real life. Is it? If the end result doesn't quite meet our expectations then at the very least we know..... and we tried. But it is frustrating not getting that smile and warm inner glow from our reflection in the mirror when it's finished. Pairing the correct Pattern and Fabric for your personality and lifestyle is key to getting more successes and less wadders. Oh! and did I mention flattering colours, print, drape.... key components of your garment success equation. To work though the process is the journey to the holy grail of a wearable and a cherished "memade" Wardrobe!

I love this dress but those sleeves will have to become 3/4 length...too annoying for me

I love this dress but those sleeves will have to become 3/4 length...too annoying for me

Your Sewing Style is connected to your personality. There is no right or wrong Sewing Style in Replicating or Creating. It is what you want from your sewing. If you are a pioneer, you will try the new creations and relish the journey. If you are certain of what you actually want in your wardrobe, you will build your wardrobe piece by piece and have a wardrobe filled with clothes, you know you will wear because you have loved them at first sight and they happen to suit you, your body, your lifestyle and complexion....a real possibility!

What is your Sewing Style...do you replicate or create? 

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