It's been a while since I posted anything up here. Partly, I've been busy. Partly, I didn't have anything to say. But every once in a while something comes along that fits right in to the kind of thing you've been trying to do yourself...the Colette 'Wardrobe Architect' project is one of those things.
Read more about it on the Colette blog, but in a nutshell it's a wardrobe planning project that aims to help sewers identify what clothes to sew that will be the most personal and most-used for them. I know what I need (see my list here with all the gory details), and true to type I've been working my way faithfully through the list (and will be posting some finished stuff soon I hope!).
But within that very basic list of needs are a lot of possibilities. Since I started blog reading these possibilities have ballooned, at times to the point of paralysis when it comes to choosing something to make. I like a lot of different styles. I follow sewers who go for cutting edge designs and those who will only sew with vintage patterns, and occasionally these groups disparage one another's taste slightly (why?) only leaving me more conflicted and confused! (I should add this is quite rare - the sewing community as a whole is very non-judgmental and welcoming.) One of the most fun and soothing posts I've read this year is Jessica's on this very subject. There should be no judgment attached to the fashion choices of others, but we do ultimately all have to make a choice or walk around naked, which I think we can agree is not the best option (especially in January)!
By the way, I know it's OK to have wide-ranging tastes and actually it can be fun to juxtapose unexpected elements together. Recently for example, I've been thinking about experimenting with fuller, longer more vintage-y skirts, but pairing them with sleeker modern jersey tops and I think that could work quite well.
Since starting this blog I've actually written a few posts on the topic of choosing and building a wardrobe, but have always deleted them before publishing. They felt kind of messy and I was concerned they might not be interesting to anyone else. However, the 'Wardrobe Architect' project is organised into a series of exercises which I hope will give me some focus that I will be posting here. Looking at the first worksheet I think it will be quite personal, so if you just like to see what I've been making, these posts will be clearly marked and you can skip them. Or you might like to follow my process or even join in yourself!
Happy sewing, 'til next time!