Spring is here, which for some means spring cleaning, but for me it leads to a renewed interest in my wardrobe! I sew more in the spring and summer, and now is when I try to start planning what I’m going to make. I fully admit that I don’t always follow through, but I still feel like I get a lot out of the planning process. My original Hetty was the result of some spring wardrobe planning and was designed to fill a gap.
The biggest problem in my wardrobe right now is that a lot of my pieces are getting worn out. My favorite work-appropriate dresses are still in decent shape, but they’re in heavy rotation and won’t be in good condition for much longer at the current rate. I need a few more in the mix, and I’ve already cut out two different versions of Butterick 5748. I also could use a few more not-so-flashy cardigans. I blew out the elbows of both my Marions and both of my Hettys, and they need alternatives in addition to repairs so they’ll live a few more years. I’ve got a yellow cardigan planned and two grey ones in progress, so I feel like I’m off to a good start.
My dress and cardigan uniform feels like the best balance between my style and office-friendly when I’ve got one colorful piece, and one that’s relatively subdued. Typically that’s involved a colorful dress with a more subtle cardigan, but I’ve been working on upping the number of subtle dresses in my wardrobe. I’ve planned my projects accordingly and am sewing some less flashy dresses.
Are you working on your handmade wardrobe? What gaps do you have to fill? All this month I will be blogging about working on a handmade wardrobe and making sure it all gets worn and loved. Stay tuned!