I have to learn to make clothes. Through diet and exercise, I’ve managed to lose about 50 pounds in the past five months. I’m proud of my accomplishment, but trimming the fat in my closet has left me feeling a little…empty. More than half of my wardrobe no longer fits, and I have enough empty hangers to give Mommy Dearest a nervous tic. I have to admit, I’m feeling a little twitchy myself these days. All those empty hangers swinging on the rod in my closet have been calling to me. When they clink together, I hear them whispering “Tiffany! Wouldn’t I look amazing in a belted maxi?” and “Don’t you think a python print wrap dress would be just the thing?!” Yes, Creepy Talking Hangers, I most certainly do! Unfortunately, though, I just don’t have the money to replenish my stash. This brings me back to my earlier declaration – I have to learn to make clothes. I have a sewing machine, needles, thread, and lots of inspiration, but no actual know-how as a dressmaker. I can, however, sew a mean button. Would it be too weird if I just took all my too-big clothes apart and put them back together with tons of buttons to make them fit? I think I smell a fall fashion trend in the making!
– Tiffany Blair, LBSPY 40. Aug 26-Sept 9th, 2013