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Sunday, January 11, 2015

Wardrobe Architect 2015

One of my goals for this year is to sew and knit more of my wardrobe. The question that keeps popping up is how to go about this while having a cohesive wardrobe that works for my work life and home life. Theoretically, I should be able to look at what I own and just go from there, but I'm having some trouble separating the frosting (pretty, patterned pieces) from the cake (basic wardrobe building blocks) in order to figure out what needs to be made. I stumbled across the Coletterie 2015 Wardrobe Architect Challenge and decided that this was the perfect tool to help curate my wardrobe. 
One of my two OAL ensembles from last year.

I'll be working throughout the year to plan, sew, and knit my wardrobe and I hope you'll join me in creating a hand made wardrobe to the extent that you're able (or interested). I've decided on some of my own guidelines:
  • think about how to replace clothes when they wear out, if they need to replaced at all
  • define and curate my personal style
  • sew or knit garments or go to thrift/consignment stores rather than purchasing new

I'm exempting some items from this list: undergarments, tights, and shoes.  My hope for this project is to end the year with a mostly me-made wardrobe that fits my needs, showcases my personal style, and makes me happy. I hope you'll join me!


  1. I've been thinking about my wardrobe a lot lately. Regardless of where I will be working when I get a new job I need to revamp. I've cleared out my closet and started planning a capsule wardrobe. Doubt I will make anything myself but who knows.

  2. I'm totally intrigued by capsule wardrobes so we can do it together!

  3. Great goal! learning to sew is very high on my to-do list, but at least I hope to add lots of knitwear to my wardrobe this year.

    1. The great thing about Wardrobe Architect is that you can choose to do it with parameters that feel good to you or are within your skill set. I'm with you on the knitwear!

  4. This is great! And such a coincidence, as I stumbled across the Wardrobe Architect about ten days ago, too, and shared the idea with friends.

    I am in. I'm working through the weekly updates and tasks (modifying them as needed for a guy's wardrobe), and have decided that, for 2015, I won't buy any more new RTW clothing. Anything I need to add to my wardrobe will be sewn or knitted by me or, if a *need* truly strikes, will be purchased secondhand or at a thrift shop.

    I hope you have fun! I'll be watching your blog for updates.

    1. I'm excited to see a men's version of the capsule wardrobe/ wardrobe architect. I hope you'll post on your blog!