It’s pretty obvious that I’m on a shirt making kick lately. It’s gone beyond that actually. I’m borderline obsessed with trying to find the perfect shirt pattern for myself, one that I can make over and over again, maybe with some small variations each time, and build a handmade wardrobe with. …But then I got distracted by a tool crafted by Hell beasts with the soul purpose of sucking the creative life out of you – Pinterest.
Pinterest is amazing for about five minutes until you start questioning your every thought because some model with a glamorous, trendy wardrobe wispers “Nooooooo Rochelle… a closet full of button-up shirts is sooo boooorrrrinnnggg… you don’t reeaalllyyy want to seewww thaaattt….” all creepy and condescending like. So I left the evil snare that is Pinterest and turned to Netflix and a bowl of extra buttered popcorn to drown my sewing/style sorrows in a good murder mystery. This sort of thing happens often so Netflix knows my taste preferences well, and they suggested I watch a show called Longmire. Long story short, I watched the first two seasons and had caught up with season three in less than two weeks. IT’S THE BEST SHOW (The season finale?!?! Whaaattttt).
Not only are the characters well developed with an awesome storyline and all that jazz, but it takes place in Wyoming where everyone apparently wears western shirts all day, every day. Seriously, the button-up shirt inspiration in that show alone was enough to restore my faith in sewing. I had this sort of weird epiphany (as I sometimes do) about the types of people in the show and why they wear the things that they wear. You see a lot of utility clothing and personal uniforms, function before fashion and that sort of thing. Emileigh at Flashback Summer wrote a great post about types of wardrobes and she definitely described mine to a T. …probably better than I could actually.
So the lesson I learned through this epic Longmire Netflix marathon is to trust your gut and stay true to what you know you like to wear. So often I’m distracted by the latest sewing pattern release, or someone’s amazingly beautiful dress project, that I forget what kinds of things actually work for me in real life. I see a lot of guilt on sewing blogs when people sew the same project twice or three times and share it. A lot of times the guilt is in jest, a ‘sorry not sorry’ type of thing, but that pressure to make things that are “shiny! new! different! all the time!” undertone still overshadows a lot of bloggers.
Well if I learned anything from Walt Longmire, other than pick up litter and stand up for your friends, it’s wear a damn button-up shirt every day if that’s what you like. Sew a million variations of the exact same project if that’s the project that actually gets worn!
I know, I know, you’re all thinking “Um, duh, Rochelle. Everyone knows this. In fact you wrote about this like eight times already” and you’re right, but the beauty of having a blog is having the power to think out loud and admit when you get lost inside your own head (shaking my fists at you, Pinterest!). Not only did I realize that inspiration can literally come from anywhere, but I got the confirmation that “style” doesn’t always mean “on trend”. Your style is what you make it and if you feel the best in sweatpants and UGG boots then you go for it. If I want to wear a button-up shirt and a bandana everyday then I’m going for it!
So once again, this was just a long winded ramble of mine confirming something that everyone else already knows, but I somehow forgot (along with most of my brain). We’re all back to normal now though 😉
Since I’ve now decided I want to master the button-up shirt, I took advantage of the 50% off sale and bought a Craftsy class on the subject. I started watching a little bit of it and I’m learning new things already. I’m really excited to know how to make a shirt like the professionals do. After all, if you’re going to do something you should do it right, right? Right.
How about you? Have you ever found inspiration or learned a life lesson in an unlikely place? How about Longmire? Amazing?! I want to read the books.