Now I make and have a lot of clothes. You all know that! But I still find that I get up in the morning and can’t find anything to wear so I just end up wearing the same jeans and t-shirt over and over again!
This is one of the biggest problems I have as a sewist, or more accurately as a person. My tastes can vary a lot and so do my choices which makes having a cohesive wardrobe very difficult! I tend to pick out fabrics and projects that I love the idea of but aren’t necessarily things that I would wear on a regular basis. Let’s face it, I’ve made a bundle of evening dresses over the years and have nowhere to wear then to!
With so many wardrobe building projects out there at the moment – #sewmystyle with Bluebird Fabrics, #wardrobebuilder with The Petite Passions, Pattern Review’s Sudoku challenge etc. – there’s definitely a movement towards creating capsule me-made wardrobes. And I so need one of those!
So what do I do? What’s the best way to start streamlining my choices to make clothes that go together?
I thought I’d start with the Wardrobe Architect which was run on the Colette blog in 2014 and 2015. They had a series of posts with exercises to complete with the goal of helping you work out a capsule wardrobe designed just for you.
I tried working through the worksheets and posts but I found I couldn’t seem to answer them well at all.
Makes me wonder how well I know my own style!
So I thought I’d try to tackle it from a different angle.
I started by listing what I wear everyday – not just items I like but what I actually wear. It was mostly a list of dungarees, jeans and plain grey t-shirts…
From that list I picked out words that described my current everyday wardrobe. I got slouchy, casual, loose fitting, comfy, grey. Not the most inspiring list! (I also realised not a lot of my makes made it onto the list – I think I make a lot of occasionwear and summer clothes so not the best for the current miserable weather we’re having right now.)
But what did I want it to be instead? I’d always thought of myself as being more of a modern chic girl, picking out more classic and sophisticated items with the odd splash of quirky in there for good measure but it seems the reality is far far away from that!
So the real question is how do I get to that from what I currently have/ wear? It couldn’t be a case of just chucking out everything I have and getting new ones that “fit” with my new ideas – it wouldn’t be reflective of me as the person I am now, just an idea of what I wanted me to be. I imagine I’d just end up going back and digging out the last pair of jeans and t-shirt I had hidden in the back of the wardrobe…
I planned to go through Pinterest and Polyvore and find new (or old) styles that appealed to me and with each item ask myself these questions:
-Where am I going in this outfit? And be realistic…
-Have I worn something like this before? And if so, do I still wear that item or not? If not, why not?
-Does it show off parts of my body I’m not comfortable with? e.g. Chunky thighs, upper arms etc.
-Is this the right silhouette for my body type?
-Am I comfortable in this? Comfort is key after all!
-Does it go with items I already have or do I need to buy a dozen other things/accessories to wear with it?
-What does this item say about me?
What I want to achieve from this exercise is to be able to create a core capsule wardrobe that could be worn and maintained for more than just one or two seasons. I’d look to add to this “core” with some seasonal makes.
I’m giving myself a couple of weeks to come up with new ideas and plans. Come back and see how I do! (But don’t get your expectations up. I don’t know how it’s going to turn out!)
Do you have a set style and find it easy to maintain a “capsule wardrobe”? Or are you a fantasist seamstress?
I’d love to hear any tips and stories from you!