|Lachasse Suit 1948-49, taken from V&A museum website|
|Image of garment worker taken BBC News website|
Since starting to sew, I've noticed that my tastes have changed a little. Any style that I like and I think might suit me, I can try. I am not limited in dresses because my proportions aren't average. I think this is true across the sewing community as a whole. I notice that the patterns in Vogue or Burda tend to be more fitted and more detailed than mass market RTW. When they are flow-y they tend to include more fabric, no point sewing yourself a cheap, skimpy cut.
Also, since starting to sew, I now value clothes for the quality of materials and the quality of construction more than just the design statement. I notice the fit and construction so much more than just the trendiness of a garment now. I realise that more than 99% of the other women I know would never notice or care about these details. Clothes are now pretty cheap. You can buy several pieces that you will only wear for one season anyway, so quality is not a big issue. Almost no one's clothes fit correctly, so no one notices or cares. In some ways I feel like I am in a secret little club. I'm picky about details that most people aren't even aware of!
What about you? Have you noticed style differences between sewers and "the rest of the world?" Do you value clothes differently because you sew? Are there any little details that irk you that I haven't noticed yet?