|1934 winter frocks, from Glamourdaze|
For many people, sewing is a hobby. It's fun to sew the little tote bag, the pinterest shirt refashion, the decorative table runner. However, for me, it's much more dramatic. It's "sew or freeze" time!
As fall approaches, I've been reminded of how chilly I was last winter when I realized I had completely insufficient amounts of vintage winter clothing. Winter clothing in general, actually. In light of that revelation, I knew I had to make more cold weather-appropriate pieces to wear for this winter. However, FALL IS COMING. Fall means coldness, and it's followed by more wintery coldness. The clock is ticking!
So right now, I have several wintery projects underway. I'm trying to sew quickly while still maintaining high quality craftsmanship to make the pieces durable. The only tricky part? There just aren't enough hours in the day! Making quality pieces means it takes a lot longer, and while I know it will pay off in better garments, it's hard not to take short cuts when I feel like I have so many things to make and so little time.
You see, I don't want to cave and just go buy things at the mall that are cheap but warm. I want pieces that I love, pieces that fit me perfectly that I'll wear for years to come. With a smaller budget, creating them myself is the best option cost-wise, but it's more labor-intensive. It's forcing me to be more organized in my time management to get as much done as possible during the day.
Obviously, my situation isn't literally as dramatic as "sew warm clothes or die a frozen death," but I do legitimately need a few winter wardrobe essentials like a new coat, snow-appropriate shoes, and warmer mix-and-match pieces. In most of my spare time, I'm sewing, sewing, sewing (and knitting) in anticipation of the changing season.
Is anyone else (in the Northern hemisphere) panicking at the thought of winter coming? Have you ever felt like you've been caught unprepared for weather in terms of your vintage wardrobe? What are your best sources and bits of advice when it comes to vintage winterwear?