Thursday, August 29, 2013

Vintage Cleaning/ Lounging/ Workout clothes

I enjoy wearing vintage clothing all of the time, but there are some things that I have not found appropriate vintage clothing for. Exercising is one of those things as is cleaning and lounging around the house.

I know, I know ladies did clean in dresses. I just don't feel right wearing them even with an apron. the apron just doesn't feel like it will protect my dress and I am doing some pretty heavy cleaning at times. I have had the idea to wear some of my me-made clothes that were muslins or clothes that had gotten stained or such that I didn't feel are nice enough to wear out. Though, I have ended up wearing my shirtdress muslin out, I can't help it. I am so proud of it (even with the mistakes) and it is so comfortable! And my other muslins were messed up and I didn't end up sewing them up into anything even wearable around the house. They just got cut up into something else. I think it is still a plan though once I start making and getting more clothes.

As for lounging I would prefer some looser fitting clothes and possibly pants because I like to lay on the couch and sometimes I end up unbuttoning the top of my skirts because I am twisted a little odd and they get tight.

 I do not like changing clothes a bunch when I get home (and having to wash so many things), so if I had comfortable cleaning clothes or night clothes that were comfortable and not too revealing, I would probably lounge in them. So that is a possible solution. once I have some cleaning/night clothes, I will have to test it out and see how I feel about it to see if I need something else.

That leaves exercise clothes. I like to exercise. I have really enjoyed p90x as well as some other home workout programs, but I also like mountain biking, hiking, etc. I have tried running. I wasn't good at it, but I want to be. One of the things that I don't like about exercising is that I don't feel comfortable in the clothes. For my home workout videos and running, I normally wear yoga pants and athletic top with a built in bra. I do like the material of these clothes, they feel more cottony than the moisture wicking clothes I have seen on the market.  But, I don't really like them. They are cling to all of my "problem areas" and I just feel self conscious in them and I don't like that. Mountain biking clothes are even worse, I like the padding because it makes the ride more comfortable, but it feels funny to walk in when not riding, let alone what it looks like LOL. I do like the pockets in the bike shirts because I love pockets. I am okay with my modern hiking clothes for now, they are comfortable and don't make me feel bad. They don't fit my style 100%, but I am okay with that.

I have been thinking about it for a while, trying to come up with outfits that I think I would feel better working out in. I created a board on Pinterest and asked a few other people online, without any real solutions. Though I think I had a break through the other day.

While I was on ebay, I ran across a vintage tennis dress. It was so cute. It was white which is great because sweat stain removal methods will not mess up the color. It had little bloomers, so that you don't have to worry about how short it is. Actually, I am not really certain I will feel comfortable in little bloomers, I might need to make some more shorts like bloomers, I will have to test out and see.

I have looked though my patterns and am thinking about making one for working out in.

Something I am not sure about though, what fabric do you think it should be made out of? I don't think it should be made out of light weight cotton like my shirtwaist dress because, not only would it make it look more like a dress, but you would be able to see through it more if it got wet. I am thinking something more absorbent, but I am not sure what.

What do you think about tennis dresses for working out in? (My hubby is not sold on the idea yet)
What fabrics do you think might work best?
What are your favorite workout, lounging, and cleaning clothes?

Wednesday, August 7, 2013

How do you feel about wearing cliche prints/styles?

So, I have been slacking with blogging (as always). If you missed the first post, I will go ahead and tell you again, that it is not in my plan right now to keep up with the blog and post several times a week or anything like that. However, I would like to be posting more.
I have been hung up because I want to post about the projects that I have been sewing, and I haven't been sewing much and what I have sewn, I don't have good pictures of. I am just not a good photographer. :(
But I have decided that I think it is okay to post things that are not about what I am sewing or what I am planning on sewing.

So, this post if just a question post. How do you feel about wearing cliche (overused, expected, etc) rockabilly, pinup, etc. outfits?

I love vintage and vintage inspired clothing, however, certain prints and styles seem very cliche to me. Not that I do not like the style, but it just seems so over done, that I feel almost like I am "dressing the part." It is weird and I am just not certain how I feel about it.

For example, I have a cherry print dress (like this fabric)

My husband loves it (which is why I keep it), but I am just not certain about it. I feel like I am dressing up "rockabilly" (just add a red cardigan, heels, and pomp and pony). It is not that I have anything against dressing rockabilly, I actually love a lot of rockabilly clothing. I don't know it is really hard to explain.

Here are some prints/styles that I am just not sure I can feel confident in...

sailor inspired wear
cherries I already mentioned

leopard/tiger print 
even polka dots, gingham, and stripes to some extent!! 

Now, don't get me wrong. I have nothing against any of these companies or any of this clothing. I really like the look on other people. I personally feel odd wearing it. It is weird and I don't really understand it. I was curious if anyone else was like this.