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!