I WANT A PERFECT WARDROBE TOO!!Sunday, January 26, 2014
It seems the sewing resolutions/goals have remained pretty consistent between sewing bloggers this year, sewing the perfect wardrobe. Since this year I decided to make my personal goal to buy no ready to wear clothing, I thought what a perfect opportunity to take inventory on my own closet. I've come to realize about 80% of what I make doesn't even get worn. There are a lot of reasons of why this is...poor fit, crap fabric, I like the idea of it but it doesn't fit my daily style. I've made several dresses that I love to pieces but in reality I'm never going to have anywhere to wear them. I have a hard time defining my style as it seems to be all over the place. I don't necessarily find that to be a bad thing but it can become a bit overwhelming when you want to try and sew it all. Luckily for me there are a couple of talented sewing bloggers out there who have started up a new series of posts to help define our style and get us inspired to sew it up and in the end have the perfect wardrobe...
Sarai has come up with an exciting new series called Wardrobe Architect. Through discussion and creative exercises she will help lead us in the right direction when it comes to defining our own personal styles and building a wardrobe around that by sewing more and buying less. I'm really psyched to follow along to see what I can learn about my style as I sometimes have trouble defining mine, (like I said before). A couple of exercises have already been assigned to get us thinking as how to make style more personal to us and how to define our core style. Head over here to check those out.
BUILDING & WEARING A HANDMADE WARDROBE.
One of my favorite bloggers, Jennifer from Jennifer Lauren Vintage has really gotten me excited about my whole NO ready to wear journey with her new series of building and wearing a handmade wardrobe posts. Her first post on the subject discussed why we don't wear what we make. You can read all about it here. Go read it now and come back and tell me does it ring true for you too? I've realized throughout my whole 3 years of sewing I've never really put into thought my "everyday uniform" and found those TNT (tried n true) patterns that reflect this.
So after being totally inspired by these two lovely ladies I've decided to set myself some goals to help me achieve the perfect wardrobe this year.
Part One: Defining my style , my everyday uniform that I will break up into two categories, Work & Play. I work in a professional atmosphere so it's important for me to keep that attire separate from my play attire. I have trouble defining into words what my style is so I've created two Pinterest boards for me to pin pretty pictures too of what I want my style to reflect. If you like pretty pictures feel free to follow along here and here.
Part Two: Finding TNT patterns that reflect Part One. Tried and true patterns are those that can be pretty basic but you've mastered the tough part, fit. They can easily be made up in many different colors and fabrics so not one looks like the other. They can become the perfect staple piece in your closet that can be mixed and matched into many different outfits. For my TNT patterns I will be focusing on finding a pattern for each of my categories work and play. This pattern must do double duty as in I will be able to make something work appropriate yet I can use the same pattern to make something for everyday play. For example the Lady Skater dress. A pretty basic knit dress that can be played up with pretty fabrics and paired with a cardigan and heels for the office or play it down with a jean jacket and some Chuck's for play. The pieces I'd like to find TNT patterns for are:
Basic Woven Blouse
Basic Knit (currently working on the Renfrew)
Shorts -obviously I can't wear shorts to work...or can I???
I will do a follow up post on this as I develop my list a little further with patterns and fabrics. If any of you have found a TNT pattern please tell me what it is and what you love about it.
Looks like I got my work cut out for me. So how about you? Are you pretty happy with your wardrobe or will you be doing a major overhaul this year?