I think I’ve always considered Spring to be a favorite season of mine -when Ohio actually experiences one that is ;). Spring is the mark of new beginnings–figuratively and literally speaking. After being cooped up inside all winter, it feels really good to shed the old and welcome the new.
Last week, I swapped out my winter clothes for Spring and that always feels good. Often times, my swapping comes with a bit of sifting too. I like to use that time to go through all the stuff I kept from the year(s) before and figure out what I missed and what I didn’t. Hopefully, by the end I have a big bag of stuff to donate, stuff to toss, (and inevitably stuff to hang on to that contains sentimental attachment *Making sure the biggest bag isn’t this one is the real challenge).
To be real for a minute…I don’t know about anyone else, but every year when I swap clothes, it turns into a sort of self-evaluation. I know interest in clothing can have a frivolous connotation, but you can learn a lot about yourself (or anyone) from clothing choices. It’s amazing how powerful clothing really can be. I teach fashion history, and I try to emphasize how much fashion (in a more general sense) is really just a mirror of what is happening in the world. When relating fashion on more personal levels, more times than not, our clothes are reflections of ourselves. Who are we? We can usually tell by looking through our closets. Rarely do our personal styles remain the same through the years, and this is because WE don’t stay the same through the years. We are humans, we evolve. We go through different stages of our lives and our clothing tells that story. Personally, I am at a point in life where change is probably around the corner. And as we all know, change can be hard but necessary. To get a little psychological, that is also something I can detect just by sifting through my closet. I want to move on and welcome change (toss a bunch of things), but I also want to hang on (keep a bunch of things). Can anyone else relate?
As I was sifting, I pulled out these pants from the tote and (as with the pink pants) thought, “huh these are fun, I should really wear these” and so, this blog post happened.
So, I bring you more stripes. Obviously, not ticking fabric this time ;) This was one of those projects where I saw the fabric in the store and immediately thought–“PANTS!” There was really no other fate for this fun striped fabric.
I actually made these a few years ago, and I remember that the stripe fabric is from JoAnns, but I honestly cannot tell you which pant pattern I used. It very possibly was one that I modified. I did have to line the pants completely because the stripe fabric was just transparent enough to consider lining a good idea. And because I had just enough fabric for these pants, I ended up hemming the pants to the absolute smallest amount possible, and by that I mean I used very narrow hem tape stitched at about a quarter inch. : (I promise, I won’t do that again). But you know how it is…half the time, sewing is problem solving situations you know you shouldn’t have gotten into in the first place. ;)
When I yanked these out of the tote, I wasn’t completely sure how I would style them. At first, I thought maybe a graphic tee. Then my mind went to a basic tee with a jacket, and I think that was a good choice. The pants alone are statement enough, so the basic top and jacket help the balance. What do you think? How would you style a pair of striped pants?
To return to the *realness* part of this post from the beginning: I love these pants. But the reality is, I made them a few years ago and haven’t worn them much and they no longer feel like the me I am today. They maybe were the me I was when I made them. And I know what I should do. Though I should be trying to keep the “keep for sentimental purposes” pile to a minimum, these pants will probably be added to that pile. I have a hard time tossing things I make because I feel like they are a good form of documentation. If you’re a maker, keep what you make (or at least take photos). They document your journey of making, which with you, changes. And it’s okay to document the change.
Leather jacket: Victoria’s Secret; Tee: Target; Shoes: hand-me-down from a friend; Necklace: Made by me, find similar here.