Last year was a wonderful year for my handmade wardrobe. I started the year with a few summer dresses and ended the year
Not to be downer but winter can get pretty bleak, my blog had fallen by the wayside and sewing practically stopped. But the sun is back, my mood has lifted and sewing has commenced. I have so much content lined up for this blog. So it could be said that I am back and exciting things are coming your way.
Spring is a great time to evaluate your wardrobe. I have spent some of my time swapping my winter clothes over to items that are more appropriate for the Spring/Summer and if I’m honest these clothes just make me so much happier.
There comes a point during winter where your wardrobe becomes monotonous and you wonder if you’re ever going to get out of it. Then, as if by magic, the sun rears it’s beautiful and shining face, the colour comes out and your mood is lifted.
My handmade wardrobe definitely consists of more handmade pieces for Spring/Summer than for winter. I tie that to the fact that I am addicted to colour and prints. Summer suits me better.
While of course I can’t wait to break into the stash and start making some more funky summer dresses (Like this Butterick 6351 that I’ve just made and I’m dying to wear!) when evaluating my wardrobe I saw the real need for basics and also a need to push myself out of my dress comfort zone and be slightly more adventurous with my styles.
One of my most worn pieces is my self drafted denim button front skirt. It’s far from perfect but it’s versatility means I am reaching for it regularly. It easily gets worn 1 or 2 times a week.
So I can see I need more skirts of a similar style or in fact more basic denim pieces that can mix and match with anything in my wardrobe.
I also have lots of dresses but not many skirts. I love t-shirts and with the slogan tee being ever more on trend my collection is growing. Unfortunately, you can’t wear these with a dress. So one thing I will be planning to is turn some of my beautiful and colourful fabrics into skirts that can be worn with a basic top or a banging slogan tee.
For people that know me this isn’t going to be a big surprise but what I plan to do might be. My wardrobe is lacking trousers of any kind. I swore off wearing them a long time ago. However, with the rise in popularity of the culottes, the moving away from the skinny jean and since making my culottes jumpsuit (New Look 6446), I have decided to introduce more trouser based styles into my wardrobe. *gasp* I’ll never be the girl kicking around in jeans and a t shirt but I’ve made some denim Megan Nielsen Flint culottes. I’d like more culottes perhaps some wide legged trousers and more jumpsuits!
Last but not least, since falling in love with the Megan Nielsen Rowan I am making more jersey pieces. They’re comfortable and quick, so I’m not quite sure why I haven’t been making more all along and I promise I will venture into other jersey patterns too …maybe.
Here are some of the patterns I am currently sewing/eager to sew…
Have you given your me made wardrobe a Spring clean? Tell me about it in the comments below…
The soundtrack for this post is Kid Cudi + Vampire Weekend – Cudderisback