Becky Home Ec-y

One of the things I’ve been thinking about lately is how to make my garments look handmade, rather than home-made. The difference is that the former looks chic and expensive, while the latter is what top American fashion designer Michael Kors (don’t you just love the way Heidi Klum always introduces him like that on Project Runway?) calls “Becky Home Ec-y.”

While I love the control that making things myself gives me, there’s no doubt that it’s easy to go overboard when you’re in charge of everything from fabric to threads to buttons to zippers. I’m the girl who still matches her belt, bag, and shoes in spite of how passe the fashion mags tell me it is. So matchy-matchy notions are an almost irresistible temptation for me.

Here’s what I mean:

I just made this suit using Vogue Pattern 8604. I got the black cotton gabardine from Chic Fabrics in New York’s Garment District. The hot-pink dupioni lining came from a girlfriend who works in the interior design business. She sometimes can lay her hands on one-yard remnant pieces and some of them aren’t so bad for apparel.

Anyway, I had the opportunity to put my first button holes/buttons on this jacket (also my very first collar and my first lining). And I could have gone with a standard plastic button but felt compelled to do fabric-covered ones to match the jacket lining. I loved the idea of it as I was happily sewing them on. But now I’m wondering if it’s all a little Crafty Cathy.

Sidenote about those buttonholes: a few of them look like lazy eyes (or else the Dairy Queen mouth) but I won’t tell if you won’t tell. I’ll get ’em right next time.

What do you think? Are matchy notions luxe or lame?


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