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Betye Saar, Harper’s Bazaar.

It seemed like the rule without it being a rule, starting with my sister and me when we were teenagers, that if you want something new to wear, then you had to make it. And I think that theme carried into our adult lives. Even if you find something, then you still take up a hem or add something to make it your own.

Betye Saar, American artist.

This quote is from a conversation with Ms. Saar and her three daughters in Harper’s Bazaar, May 2021.

Ms. Saar has been creating art since the early 1960s and she’s known for prints, collages, and installations that often include found objects.

Making your own clothes is very rewarding. First of all, it’s creative. Also, when you have taken the time and energy to make something you are much more invested in it. There’s no instant gratification, but instead a sense of accomplishment. The best part is that whatever you have created, it’s one of a kind.

I’m also a big fan of changing a new item in some small or big way to make it yours. I do that by changing buttons and I often add a brooch to hats as well as handbags. I also change things for practical reasons, such as taking up the hem on a dress or adding patch pockets to a cardigan sweater. (Who can stand a sweater without pockets?)

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All matched up for when I have to go out and about this summer.

I did it! Yes, I did! I made a skirt with a matching handbag and a matching mask.

I had been thinking about it since the start of the pandemic. I kept imagining that if I were a designer, I would come up with masks to match everything. Well, I am my own designer.

All the materials I had on hand, so no going out!

The cotton fabric, from Stonemountain and Daughter in Berkeley, was sitting around waiting for a project. The skirt pattern is a simple a-line by Simplicity. Funny, I’ve used this pattern before but not the same way twice. For me, simple patterns are becoming like recipes – a place to start, but I end up doing my own thing.

I had the bamboo handles for another project that didn’t work out. I just cut the fabric size I wanted for a handbag and stitched it, but I used the reverse side of the fabric to mix it up a bit. For the mask I used a pattern by Sew Becoming.

I’ve made a couple of matching skirts and handbags so adding a mask was the next step.

It’s possible that masks are going to be around for quite a while, let’s make them fashionable and  fun!

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I did! Last year I went on a sewing spree instead of a shopping spree. Inspired to learn basic construction of clothing and to add my own creations to my wardrobe, I made a dress, a pair of pants, a skirt, and a cape. I have to say that it’s really satisfying to sport something I have made myself. Additionally, I realized how much skill and talent it takes to put together a quality garment. Skills that, sadly, we just don’t learn anymore in this country.

Now I have a new appreciation for those people out there in the world who are making our clothes.

 

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