Ann’s Fashion Tarot: The Empress

Today is the day to make something. Even better to re-make something old. Strip it down, seam-rip it apart, cut off the sleeves, accidentally sew up the bottom.

You might not do it right. It doesn’t matter. A few years ago for my birthday my mom gave me a new sewing machine. It had everything. A pants-hemming presser-foot! A presser-foot for knits, so they don’t snag! I did a lesson with a teacher at Stelter Sewing. She walked me through all the tricks, including the darning foot so I could mend my family’s dish towels. I went from there to the fabric store and bought a silver satin remnant and a Hillary Duff pattern, and went home and made an A-line scoop-neck dress. It was so bad. I cut it wrong, so it was doomed from the start. In spirit, though, it was supercute.

I’m not saying you have to wear what you make. I’m just saying, your mom went to all that trouble to buy you a sewing machine. Or she taped your drawings to the refrigerator, way back when, and that felt great, and you went forth thinking your ideas might be worth something. They are. Today is the day to do something about that.

The Empress is sponsored by Salvage Sisters, center of the refurbishing universe. 

Tomorrow: The Emperor.

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3 comments on “Ann’s Fashion Tarot: The Empress

  1. Amy Kortuem says:

    Oh, the Empress knows about my drawer full of handknitted sweaters that don’t fit, doesn’t she?

    • Just bought a vintage gold cocktail dress that reminds me of something I saw in Anthropologie. Doesn’t fit just right so thinking of making it into a pencil skirt. Love love love pencil skirts! – really tight of course! Not sure what I’ll do with the top half yet…hmmmm

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