Wherein I DIY Myself the Plan for a NEW Wardrobe!

First of all…

Happy 4th to all of my American friends!  Enjoy your day!

When the Ogre and I prepared to move in January, I purged.  Really purged.  Much of our furniture, dishes, basic housewares and home goods were sent to other homes or the curb.  It was good.  It felt light and right.  And I don’t regret it whatsoever.

However, we also purged our wardrobes.  Excessively, in my case.  So much so that I’m wearing fall/winter things to fill in to go to work.  It’s fortunate that my employers believe in air conditioning to a great degree, or there would be a puddle of what used to be me at my desk!

Clothing is NOT a priority to me, obviously.  If it were, I would have come up with a plan to rectify this situation sooner!

But I didn’t.  I ignored the issue and just thought I could/would make the best of it until my budget loosens up a bit.  Or until I lost 40 pounds and felt better about shopping for clothing.  But that’s just not working anymore.

So, I need a plan.  And, in true blogger fashion, I’ve decided to share that plan with you.

Cue the interwebs.  And my timely and monumental discovery of “Capsule Wardrobes”.

A Capsule Wardrobe is effectively anywhere from 5 to 15 basic pieces that work together to create a functional wardrobe.  The “seed”, so to speak.

Here’s the challenge.  The idea of running out and purchasing new pieces of clothing to adorn my plus-sized frame just makes me cringe.  It also sends my wallet into what might be a permanent state of shock!  This needs to be done on a budget. Which is sort of exciting, really.  After all, I’m converting my home on a budget.  Why not stretch that to my clothing?  (Except for underthings and shoes.  I draw the line there.)

I’ll SEW a wardrobe.  Yup, that’s exactly what I’ll do.


Yes, I know I can design and sew dance costumes, and nothing I make for “real life” will be as challenging as creating a well-fitting and adjustable bra and belt set, but that’s different… Right?  (Isn’t it funny how fear can be so insiduous?)

But I’m going to grab the tiger by the tail.  I’m going to take those patterning and design skills and use them to create and modify patterns for daily wear.  I’m going to finally make friends with my sewing machines (I own two) and sew myself a wardrobe.

Yes, that’s what I’m going to do. Wish me luck.  Please.  I think I’m scared… and need hugs.

Being the brave soul I am, I’m going to document this for posterity.  “Sewing Saturday” has a nice ring to it, doesn’t it?  Not weekly… I don’t believe I’ll have enough time for that.  More “occasionally”, I think.

The first step, of course, is going to be getting my craft/sewing studio in shape.  That could be a procrastination thing, but I’m gonna go with it anyway!  After all, with the room finished, I’ll have a sewing space, a cutting space, fabric storage… you get the picture, right?

Here’s what the room looked like when my Mom visited…

Yeah.  That’s my Mom.  In my painting clothes.  Painting my sewing room because she was bored.  She really wanted to work on my kitchen, but I didn’t have a plan for THAT room.  She also discussed re-doing my old chippy bench that’s in my garden… but I don’t have a plan for that yet, either.  I DID have a plan for the sewing room, so she simply started.  My Mom’s the kind of person you see leisurely sipping her tea… until you realize that you blinked and the first coat of paint is on the wall.  Then you blink again, and the second coat is finished, brushes and rollers are clean, and the tea pot is on the boil again.  And she NEVER seems to rush.

I wanna be her when I grow up!

I’d really love to see your comments on the projects I do and the ideas I have.  I learn more from critiques than praise, but, honestly, I adore praise (and who doesn’t?).

Thanks for stopping by.


One thought on “Wherein I DIY Myself the Plan for a NEW Wardrobe!

  1. to reply to your comment on my blog about how long it took to get a good fitting sloper. It took me about a month; working on the weekends only when I had time. I think I did 2 or 3 test fits until I liked it. Since then I have made more adjustments, smaller ones. I swiched bra types and had to lower the bust dart a bit, and I let out my side seams because I wanted to account for more room when I wore spanx. glad you read my blog!

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )


Connecting to %s