Day 2 of Me-Made-May! I think I will post pattern reviews of the pieces I wear, as opposed to daily selfies. Since it’s only Day 2, I have just worn 2 me-made knit tops (Molly Top from Sew Over It, and the Renfrew Cowl from Sewaholic).
On the wardrobe planning front, I did most of the Un-fancy wardrobe planning worksheet, which I think was a great resource! I am also reading the Curated Closet book, it is well thought-out but has a lot of steps so I may just pick-and-choose parts of the book to implement.
I’m not interested in a capsule wardrobe per se – I’m not sure I understand the arbitrary limit of using only X number of clothes. What I do want is more clarity on what I actually wear + like to wear, so I stop making silhouettes I never wear.
I did a brief word association in the Un-fancy worksheet – I still can’t find the exact words I’m looking for, but I think “drapey” is what I relate most to. If it’s too tight, ill-fitting, or fussy (like need to wear something underneath since it’s semi-sheer), I won’t wear it. Seems like I most often reach for the relaxed, drapey work-appropriate items. The other words in my list are more aspirational – I would like a chic and effortless wardrobe but not sure I’m there yet! I’m going to focus my wardrobe experiment this spring around the word “drapey” and see wear it takes me!
Case in point – I made a romper from McCall’s 6083 a few months ago but let it languish since it was not comfy. I’ve made McCall’s 6083 before, it is a good pattern (now out of print) with over 70 reviews so you know it was popular! The problem is I didn’t order enough fabric (viscose print from here) and so the bodice was not relaxed like my inspiration pic below, it was short and uncomfortable lengthwise. I will have to cut it at the waistband, at the red line below, and add either 2 inches of elastic or a nice trim to add extra length. Then… hopefully I will have turned it into a workable/wearable drapey piece!
It looks like I often go to Nordstrom and Anthropologie to find inspiration! I started with the Un-fancy wardrobe worksheet to pick out colors (photo of one page below), but mostly I just chose colors I liked and felt were seasonable. Colors that I already owned, since I don’t want to make many new purchases. Hopefully my inspiration board will help you as well!
I already own a pink buttondown + grey hat from H&M, so it was fun to find an exact photo of what outfit I could wear on Anthropologie’s website. I also recently purchased white jeans from Gap (I have zero desire to make white jeans, and I tried on many to get a non see-through pair), so am looking for outfit ideas to pair with that. I’m already planning to make a copy of the orange/red midi dress. Those shoes are so pretty, but not necessary/ in my budget! And that Valentino resort dress is just for eye candy as it costs over $4,000!!!
I went down the blog rabbit hole and am not sure how I ended up at the Unfancy minimalist fashion blog. Now she might be a very famous blogger and I’m just late to the party! But reading her thought process and how she minimized her wardrobe was very interesting and well-explained. I related immediately to her capsule wardrobe planning spreadsheet and am eager to fill it out. I tried to start wardrobe planning before using the Wardrobe Architect series by Colette Patterns, but I found it asked too many questions upfront. I’m not ready to describe my wardrobe in three words, but I can write down which items of clothing I constantly reach for.
My Baby Steps for Wardrobe Planning/Editing:
Create two boards on Pinterest – One for Actual Wardrobe and one for Aspirational Wardrobe.Actual Wardrobe – I will pin what I constantly wear day-to-day, and in Aspirational I will pin items of clothing I love and wish I actually wore day to day. My boards are currently private since I want to suss out what I wear versus what I wish I wore – but I can tell immediately my aspirational wardrobe is full of dresses and ladylike elegant looks, but what I wear a lot is grey, black pants and stripes. So there is a disconnect! And I have to try and reconcile the differences – either by owning up to what I’ll actually wear, or by making an effort to wear more dresses.
What sparks joy? Try some of Marie Kondo’s principles. For example, I have many free t-shirts from workouts and runs, which I wear at home since I don’t want to buy clothing for home use. But my mishmashed home wardrobe doesn’t give me joy. Maybe I should step my home wardrobe game up, and recycle some of these shirts since I don’t think anyone would buy them if I gave them to Goodwill!
Stop buying fabric online! I don’t buy much clothing these days, mostly because I can make my own clothing. But I view fabric buying in a different light from clothes shopping, and if there is a fabric sale I am susceptible – but I may not like the fabric once it ships to me. I’m putting a ban on myself to stop opening fabric emails for a few months. Once I finalize my wardrobe gaps, I’ll buy in person and on Blackbird Fabrics only. Blackbird Fabrics is an online shop has a great curated selection and accurate descriptions of fabrics.