Ohhhh, New Year's time. That time when we come up with lists of things to criticize ourselves about or things we expect to change by sheer magic? I'm going to go ahead and ban those boring, trite, guilt-laden "resolutions" and declare we should focus on RAZZLELUTIONS. Sassy mottoes, theme songs, and bold declarations of the new flavors of awesome we are going to introduce to our lives this year! For which there is no failure, but for which every incremental inclusion amplifies the radness by a factor of HELL YEAH! My patron goddess of Razzlelutions up there is "Empress of Fashion" Diana Vreeland, who said, "WHATEVER YOU DO, DON'T BE BORING." So keep that in mind, and feel free to emphasize with vigorous jazz hands.
I have a Razzlelution that is fashion related, probably something I have in common with many broads who work from home in shlubby pajamas. This year is the year I dial my sewing discipline up to 11! No longer will I settle for throwing fabric on the floor and cutting it out in vaguely a dress shape! Here's the sum total of my garment skills at present date: hemming straight lines, baggy sweatshirts that could be pajamas, and shift dresses that make me look like an overgrown toddler.
In addition to helping me dress snazzier, this plan will also assist me towards my goal of consuming less "fast food" fashion. It's hard to resist buying cheap clothes when it's all you can really afford! I love color, I love design, and how I dress is definitely part of how I express myself. I am not ready to buy bespoke cashmere underpants for every day of the week, but I hope to redirect my meager budget away from things produced in sweatshops and more and more towards ethically produced garments, and my own creations!
Step One in this plan also ties in something ELSE I wanted to explore: online classes! My fashiony dreams seemed like great inspiration for giving it a try. I'm interested in exploring the possibilities for teaching online too, so it was high time I got on board! When Twinkie Chan mentioned her friend, artist Mary Winkler, was teaching a fashion illustration class, it only took me about 2 seconds to sign up. This class is being offered through Skillshare, and it's already great practice for drawing using a tablet (high on my list of professional skills I want to improve!) as well as getting stoked up about creating some clothes. Come scope it out! The class is brand new and will be way more fun if more people are participating and commenting! You can even check out the projects and see what I'm doing before you sign up. If you use this referral link to join, you can save $10 off your first Skillshare class! Look, I'm drawing naked ladies!
I've also been checking out Craftsy for sewing classes so I can move on to things like Making Vintage Party Frocks Like A Boss once I get in full-on superhero seamstress mode.
So what are your RAZZLELUTIONS? Lay it on me! Put your shiny intentions out there!