Did you sing along? Be honest! Hahaha. This scene is from Harold and Kumar Go to White Castle, one of my favorite recent movies -- just hysterical. This scene captures how many people I know, who were then coming of age/ entering adulthood, feel about the early 90's: we've got generally pleasant memories but are vaguely embarrassed to revisit the time. I know it's painful to see what I was wearing then! Oh brother. Thank heaven for growing and developing one's sense of personal style.
Speaking of developing my personal style, a few posts ago I shared with you some fall fashions I'm loving. One was a Chanel ensem that was striking, and Gail from My Fabrication emailed me that maybe it is a good time for a Chanel jacket refashion sew-along. Given my recent checkered past with sew-alongs (i.e. I "host" and don't actually finish the garment), I remembered Cindy from Colour By Number mentioning that she wanted to work on a Chanel jacket this year, and asked her if she would like to host. Cindy suggested we make a team blog, not really "host" it except to administer the site, and open it up to refashions OR origins (as Gail so eloquently phrased it, meaning sewn from new fabric).
So here we are! Cindy posted about this yesterday and already there's a bunch of interest both in sewing along and in watching. Big thanks to Gail and Cindy for all their ideas and work behind the scenes so far. If you're up for it, join us! We are just collecting ideas, patterns, fabric, and sew-along partners for now, with a tentative kick-off sewing date of Sept. 1 and a completion goal of Nov. 15.
And that's my specific "inspiration garment". Not the iconic Chanel jacket, but from a recent, Pre-Fall/ Winter 2009 collection. I'm more confident I'll finish this on time, as opposed to the pants, because:
- I have a bodice sloper
- Given my inspiration garment, I'll be much more focused on "couture" embellishment than couture construction
- I don't have emotional baggage from having failed multiple times before
But don't you worry. I'll be working on pants the last few months of 2009. What a nice end to the year with a custom Chanel-inspired jacket and custom slacks, too. In fact, what a great holiday outfit! Now I'm feeling even more inspired.....