Interesting non-conformist or irritating agitator? Charming individualist or borderline sociopath?
Last weekend was a five-day vacation for me: five days of sweet, sweet freedom from the hellish nightmare of endless toil and sufferin-- er. I was off from work. And I knew that at least some of that time I would spend sewing. Or I hoped so. I had two pairs of jammies, a shirt-dress and a blouse all half-sewn on the table. I also had two knitted skirts, completed up to about row 8 and two knitted earwarmers,completed up to about... row 8. (Row 8 seems to be pivotal for me in some way.) These were all, of course, supposed to be Christmas gifts.
By December 24 at 4:00 pm I had completed one earwarmer.
I did, however, complete the jammies and the shirt-dress by my last evening off. And once again, I went whizzing around on the "Why do I stress myself out about a leisure pursuit?" merry-go-round. I know, I know, we all take a spin on that particular ride now and then. Usually my little trips are pretty uninformative. (I do have an amazing ability to combine deep introspective thought with a pathological refusal to acknowledge or alter my self-destructive behaviors. I'm special like that.)
This time, however, I actually came to some conclusions. It's amazing how cogent you become when you've actually had some sleep for three or four days in a row.
Conclusion #1: I think everyone should wear unique and interesting clothes. Or at least my kids should.
Conclusion #2: I actually do have to make TLo's clothing. And in that case I should really make at least some of The Big One's too or she'll get a complex.
Conclusion #3: Artistically speaking, I am a colorist. I always have been. Apparently in garment-making, this translates into wanting to make simply-styled clothes with lots of funky, bright fabric combinations and not highly-detailed, complicated designs with muted, subtle fabrics.
Conclusion #4: I feel compelled, in the interest of keeping myself interested, to make clothes that are either challenging to design or challenging to construct.
Conclusion #5: Conclusions number 1-4 do not combine well with making uniform-appropriate clothes.
Conclusion #6: I really really really hate the school uniform policy.
Hmmph. I don't like my conclusions.
But of course in typical fashion, I did not decide (as perhaps a more mentally sound person would) to just stop making clothes I don't want to make. No, instead I resolved to even further attempts at twisting and torturing completely inappropriate patterns into something that I could at least nominally call School Appropriate. Regardless of their actual appropriateness. I told you I was special.
Which is all to say, I had an idea and I'm not sure it works.
So what do you think? Can a surplice knit dress have a collar arbitrarily added to it and look... Not Crazy? Because The Big One has some serious surplice love since way back and I thought I might try to use her favorite pattern to make a school dress.
edit: Thanks to everyone who commented and voted so far (and everyone else, please keep voting!)
Uniform Policy Refresher Course:
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