By now most of us are familiar with the definitions of frosting & cake. Frosting is the fun, bright stuff you make that doesn’t match with much. Sewing cake means sewing basics, often simple & classic shapes in solid colors.
I have a problem with this definition. Actual, edible cake is not an everyday thing- although what kid hasn’t wished that it were! Cake is a treat. It does not imply a boring basic. For me, cake is something that’s more practical while still being special in some way. Cake is less likely to give you a fashion tooth ache than frosting, and by that I mean a headache because you can’t match up anything you own. This idea of cake is in line with my definition of a foundation garment, something that goes beyond a basic in its fabric, cut, or color.
If cake is a special basic, then the mere act of sewing can make a plain garment special. How many of us cherish the things we make simply because we made them? The most plain & poorly constructed t-shirt can be a accomplishment & so it becomes cake. Also, because we sew our own garments we can easily customize them. Wanting to make really unique things can mean going so far as to make something that stands out even in our own closets. Frosting is born.
But that’s just it, frosting stands out in our ownclosets. What’s frosting for one person is not for another. One woman’s frosting, another’s cake. One woman’s crazy quilting cotton dress, another’s everyday dress.
When you’re picking things to wear during Frosting Fortnight, choose based upon your own closet. Maybe for you it’s all vintage dresses. Or maybe it’s the really sexy stuff you no longer wear because you don’t have time to go out a lot. It could even be basic things that spend too much time collecting dust because you’ve changed jobs. It’s your closet. If it doesn’t fit in your everyday life, whatever that may be, then it’s frosting. So tell me, what’s frosting for you?