I've been doing a lot of sewing lately, helping with the girls' Cinderella production at their ballet school. I am primarily working on the step-sisters and step-mom. I'm having a blast reworking old costumes—adding new bodices, trims, etc. I keep thinking of the dress Molly Ringwald made in Pretty and Pink (gah!) while chopping up old dresses and adding new parts. This kind of sewing really appeals to me. It's on a tight deadline, I have to use existing fabric/trims from a costume shop stash, and I have to be bold with my choices—subtle doesn't translate from a stage.
Seemingly unrelated, but actually related, I am in between books, and have been craving a fashion magazine. A printed one, not one online. I was thinking about buying one, but I haven't really bought any in so long. I sometimes buy an Elle for the beach or when I fly, but the ads are so gross and the perfume samples stink and it's all so much junk to wade through to get to the good content and editorials— I knew there must be some cool indie fashion mags out there that aren't online only. I have a few old issues of Lula, which are lovely, but skew very young and I'm not always in the mood to look at the sad lounging girls.
I found this list of indie fashion mags, and even though it is a few years old (I'm assuming not all of these are still around) it got me interested in searching around. I didn't have to go far, one of the holiday gifts I received this year from a dear friend (who often knows what I want before I do) was this book, The WORN Archive: A Fashion Journal about the Art, Ideas, & History of What We Wear which is a compilation of articles from Worn Magazine. I remembered I had it earlier today when I saw Worn listed in the indie fashion mag article I linked to. I'm having a hard time putting it down—it's exactly what I wanted. I sewed all morning and afternoon and took a long reading break on the sofa, with a quilt, a pug, and a napping 7-year old, thoroughly enjoying this book. It reminds me of Nest, my favorite interior design magazine (RIP) which was about non-traditional designers creating interiors in wonderful, strange, and artistic ways which were often a bit crazy.
Sometimes, I wonder how much stuff I have squirrelled away I have forgotten about. I did find 3 pairs of small sewing scissors in various sewing kits this morning after cursing that I had none.