I’m at the beginning of my sewing journey. That means a lot of things. It means I am still learning how to follow the basic instructions. It means I look at button plackets with something before fear – just blank confusion. It means I’m constantly observing the seams, folds and drapes in the clothes I wear or walk past in the street.
I’m in the early phase of my sewing adventure where I want to dream big. I want to walk around in immaculate self-made clothes from my undies to my winter coat. It’s achievable, I read the blogs of people who do exactly that. Where to start is hard. Every kind of garment seems to have its own subset of special skills. I want to master them all.
However, most significantly perhaps, I don’t know what I want to wear. I reside in the ‘size greater than a ladies 14’ area of life where many shops don’t bother to stock it at all, and those that do have a tendency to create funny size gaps or assumptions about what I’d want to wear. I’ve never truly stopped to think about what I’d wear if I could have ANY clothes I wanted. I’ve come to the conclusion that there’s no point learning to sew t-shirts if you really want to wear a blouse, or learning how to sew a blouse when you’ll wear nothing buy tank tops and blue jeans. I need to prioritise my sewing adventures towards clothes I want and need in my wardrobe.
The Curvy Sewing Collective seems to have heard me, this month they’ve been running posts about capsule wardrobes. I love the idea of capsule wardrobes, only having what is necessary. For now, I mean specifically with my sewing. I’d like to be able to sew a small set of clothes that work inter-changeably with the style I’d like to have. I have no immediate plans to give up my wardrobe. It’s overly large, poorly directed, but it will provide me a stable collection of things I can wear until such time as I can truly sew the lot.
However what I was most interested in was their way of using mood boards for wardrobe concepts. One of the ideas in the post was to use Polyvore, which I remembered vaguely from its height a few years ago though I’d never been keen. So I figured I’d give it a shot. The following are three ‘looks’ I was contemplating for interchangeable clothes.
This was my first foray into the web of Polyvore. I love red, I love to pair it with black. If there’s anything wrong with my current wardrobe its not having the option to do this MORE. This look was intended to provide me a few options without going overboard. I would happily wear this page for a week straight, so that’s a positive thing. Its not quite work ready, I’d probably need to add a pair of slacks, but you can see it can’t you? It is definitely a dress up or dress down wardrobe.
My Favourite Item – the black button down skirt. I’ve been craving these for weeks. Pretty much since I started sewing and encountered patterns that do this. Its definitely one of the things I’m most likely to make quickly.
My biggest concern – Having only fussy blouses. I love blouses, but they are delicate to launder and sometimes prone to creasing. I definitely need some guaranteed lazy lady tops in my wardrobe.
Grey jeans. This is a thing I need in my life. I had a pair a few years ago… Sadly they haven’t fit for many years either. Although I’m probably a few sewing experiments away from jeans, if I can make myself a pair of grey skinnies one day I’ll be a happy girl. This wardrobe is looking at two different looks I love. The red, but also the pale blue casuals. I think I could happily have all these looks in my wardrobe.
My Favourite item – That bottom red top. I love the drape. Drape can be very forgiving when done correctly. I also just love simple red.
My biggest concern – How to fit the pale blue in. I love that sweater, but that’s a difficult to replicate item. I’m unsure if I’d want pale blue to be denim based, but that look also looks pretty good to me.
I’m unsure if it is a good or a bad thing that when faced with the wealth of the Polyvore catalogue I run out of ideas after two looks. So this page is just me attempting to provoke myself to consider other options. You’ll notice the pants are still grey, the jacket is still leather. I did try to fit patterns into the blouses here, and the texture idea on the black skirt. If you added a second pair of shoes this wardrobe would probably be about to cover the full gambit of needs. However it doesn’t excite me with beauty the way the first to did.
My favourite item – Its hard to pick, for the most randomised set, there are also multiple items on here I really like. I’m going to say the grey shoes though because I was looking for something exactly like those in the previous look and couldn’t find a thing. Definitely need to track down something like those.
My biggest concern – Shorts and patterns. I love shorts and I love patterns. Yet I can’t seem to make rational decisions about them when confronted with Polyvore. Shorts are particularly hard because they are a life essential in Australia. Maybe I’ll just be unfashionable in the summertime.
As a result of this analysis I have identified a number of things I NEED in any long term wardrobe:
- Black Jeans – sewable
- Grey jeans – sewable
- Black Skirt with buttons – sewable
- red drapey top – sewable
- white drapy top – sewable
- white shirt – sewable
- chambray shirt – sewable
- Grey sneakers
- black ankle boots with silver accents
- a black bomber or leather style jacket – sewable
- A cream jumper – knitting
It’ll be interesting having this post to come back to in a year or two to check my progress towards this ideal. Who knows, maybe my favourite colour will be green in six months.