What is the importance of sewing? For me, it is the ability to freely express oneself without limitations. If I do not see something in the store I like, or I see something and want to improve upon it, all I need is a seam ripper, 4-8 hours, and patience.
This year has been a huge shift. Easing into a new decade of life has been exciting, as I settle more into my true self. Gone are the days where I have yards and yards of endless fabric choices, all made on impulse and not one color or style I enjoy. Gone are the days of sewing up a garment, only to realize I can not stand the fabrication.
2020 is the year of self actualization. I am allowing myself to step fully into the creative sphere and make my mark as a sewing pattern designer. I appreciate you all for being a party of my journey and supporting me.
So what is the best way to cultivate a wardrobe you love?
Start off by assessing your have’s and have not’s. Look at my daughter’s list for example:
Her have’s is so long. She just LOVES clothes. To not make it a sore topic for us, I just tell her to keep as many as she wants and make sure she lets go of items that no longer fit (we have been having our struggles with itty bitty shorts at this point, but that is for another post!)
She is 11 years old and already understands that she does not need much in her wardrobe to feel happy. She has four items on her list that would improve her wardrobe for summer. I will consult with her on fabric choices and upon her approvals, sew her summer wardrobe. Since fast fashion is a discussion topic in our home, she is already taking into account that we only wear about 10 pieces of clothing.
So start by making a list of what you have and have not (your wants). Considering season changes of course, I am not going to say limit your wardrobe. Just be mindful that you will need to store it all!
Plan Colour Choices
My mother always has amazing style. She looks put together no matter what we do. Why is this? She has a color palette. She has chosen neutrals, black, white, navy and one accent color. Her color is chartreuse. This tip may not work for everyone, but I have noticed peoples pages that I love on Insta usually have a colour palette.
My palette consists of neutrals, brown, pink, and green. It my sound crazy, but it works for me.
Plan before you Sew
This one is important. I notice if I spend a bit of time planning prior to sewing, I have more success. I am a quick reader, so first I ensure I have read the pattern instructions slowly three to four times before tracing off the pattern. This slows me down from being overexcited and starting the project right away, only to immediately lose momentum a few days later.
Just get a notebook and designate it as your design planning notebook. You can keep magazine snippets, design sketches, and notes on ideas you have in there.
Before you even think to buy a pattern or start a project ask yourself-how does this fit into my wardrobe? Once I sew this up will it feel like me?
This has helped me take a pause on sewing up something that really never was my style to begin with, and make better fabric choices.
Re-assess your List
Finally, step back, and take a moment to evaluate if you made a good list for you. Do you like your choices, is there something that just doesn’t feel right? Yesterday, I printed a sew at home pattern and pieced it together. During the piecing process, I was SO EXCITED. Once is was completed that all faded. I could not figure out why until I realized I did not like the neckline at all. I needed to change it. I spent about 30 minutes boring my partner over potential style changes and getting out different potential fabric choices until I realized I could just put the pattern away. Yes, I bought the pattern, yes, I like some qualities of the look, but that does not mean it was the right pattern for me. At the end, I folded it up, put it away, and was relieved I didn’t cut one of the fabric I really loved.
These are my tips on starting to cultivate a wardrobe you love.
I hope you have a splendid week,