I know not to revisit the 70's even though I have such fond memories of my thrift store style and boho look. It worked then and is disastrous for me now. (photo from Good Housekeeping)
Sewing my own clothes allows me to try out styles I normally would not, and to add my own take on everyday clothing. I am not a fashionista...I love clothes, but don't hunt the latest styles. I tend to be a little conservative in my dress, and feel uncomfortable in pieces that are highly visible/arty/fashionable. Now, all that said...I still venture forth and stick my toe in the fashion pool once in awhile. Sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn't. (Reference zebra striped sundress a few years back...you can search it out on the blog or PR :-) I am moving on. )
Besides style, fit and accessories are important elements in pulling together a look I'm comfortable in. I want to be able to forget what I'm wearing and go about my daily life. If something doesn't fit well, or the outfit doesn't work because the pieces conflict with one another...I'll discard that look or remake a piece. Here's an example:
The pants on the left are too long for me, the top is boxy and hits at my hip. The colors in the blouse match the pants almost perfectly-there is little contrast or surprise. The whole look is too "suburban mom" for me. It makes me feel short, round, and asexual. The photo on the right is after the pants were hemmed 1 inch higher, and paired with a tank top and Liberty shirt . I also added in some flip flops with a heel. It's an improvement! I'm more comfortable, and feeling a bit sassy. (pants S 3839 OOP; cap sleeve top V 8798; maroon shirt Sewing Workshop Liberty shirt)
What about you, Readers? Do you sew something up and when seeing the results, say "WTH?" Do you think we hit the mark more often as we sew more, or do we take more chances as we sew more? What has been your experience with your own style evolution?