I love sewing and I love wearing what I sew. A big achievement for me is when an item I’ve made fits into rotation of what I wear. So I’m going to challenge myself so only sew things that are worthwhile in that I shall wear them regularly. To do this I skimmed Colette’s Wardrobe Architect, and chose to set myself the goal of visualising a ‘capsule wardrobe’.
So, to start I decided to look into my wardrobe and the items I wear often. These are skinny jeans, skirts with tights, t-shirts and long sleeve t-shirts, cardigans, short skirts either pencil or circle. I also wear a lot of high ish waisted skirts with loose floaty tops tucked in.
Aside from the fact that I’m clearly always cold, what stands out to me is that I like slim fitting clothes and emphasising my waist. My favourite circle skirt always has a shirt/tshirt tucked into it. I prefer short skirts to midi and maxi skirt lengths. I also dislike high-necked tops, preferring a v-neck or scoop neck. I hate sleeves that go below my elbow: I can’t stand things around my forearms! To me what this means is that vintage patterns are not for me, there’s simply too much alteration that needs to be done.
Gertie’s high waisted pencil skirt
I’m currently in the middle of making this skirt out of a stretch synthetic material in black, after some issues with the waistband fit I think I need to spend a bit of time working on the waistband. I’ve shortened the skirt and although it’s still a bit longer than what I’d usually wear but the tightness should make me feel ‘me’.
I love the shape of this skirt, the shape is a bit looser than what I’m used to but the short skirt and pockets (pockets!) look perfect for me. I even have the fabric chosen for it, it’s the stiff poly I used for my first Bellatrix blazer, I may have to interface and underline for it to stand out the way it should.
I’ve a Burda pattern for slim leg trousers that I plan to make, I’ve already done the toile. The other pattern that fits here is Closet Case Files Ginger Jeans I love the high-waisted option, I’ve jeans just like it that I want multiple pairs of.
Grainville Shirt/Archer Shirt/Gertie’s 40s Blouse/Méilot Shirt
I’m on the fence over these shirts, they should fit in with my general shapes but I’m not sure. I’ve made Gertie’s blouse but because I never iron I haven’t worn it in six months…I’d love a loose-fitting white shirt that I can tuck into high-waisted skirts but I don’t think it really fits into my lifestyle.
I like loose-fitting tops and I wear them regularly with jeans or tucked into skirts. I have a bias cut pattern that fits this but its sleeveless so I’ll also have to continue to find a pattern that matches my requirements but with sleeves. I love the look of Tilly’s Mathilde blouse but I’m a little on the fence about it due to its high neckline. This pattern I also love but it may be a bit twee for me.