Handmade Wardrobe with a Plan - The Masterplan



This is not a Hey-Look-What-I-Made! kind of post... It is actually a difficult post to write. Ok, I have never been good with words (it can take me 30min to send a simple email!) but I've wanted to document my journey back into sewing and there's a lot more to it than finished projects.

So, here we go attempt number (stopped counting at 4)...

Quick backstory... It is not a sad story and I'm sure a lot of women will have gone through similar experiences. It is simply what has led me to this point in my relationship with my body and my desire to get back into sewing clothes.
I taught myself to sew when I was a teen. I made clothes, dance costumes and fancy dress outfits (let's say I wasn't using patterns and they were not constructed by the book! :p). When I moved to England, I got myself a sewing machine and started sewing from patterns - that always needed a lot of alterations to fit me. After a couple of years, I decided to get a book on patternmaking and have a go myself. I also started a blog so I could look back on my progress. After making my wedding dress, coat, crafting and baking the favours, it was time for a break... We moved house a few months later (with potential for an amazing craft-room).
Fast forward 5 years, two boys, a new body that was finally mine again (I didn't want to buy any clothes, let alone make them!), it was finally time for us to have our dream craft room.
But for some reason I am struggling to get back into it. I feel rusty. What if nothing fit? I don't like it? Will I find time to do it like before? Argh... I realised last year I needed a plan! I had to start from scratch. I didn't even know what looked good or not on me plus I wasn't 25 anymore.

That was the first thing I needed to do: be brave and analyse... Here is my plan to a handmade wardrobe.

1. Flattering shapes and colours
Some people seem to have an inner sense of style, a body that would look good in a potato bag (or so it seems) and it's always been clear to me I'm not part of that gang!
I could spend hours thinking about words describing my style and icons to inspire me, I would still not have a clue! I decided to go a more "scientific" route: the shape of my body and my colouring. Of course it's doesn't reflect me personally but it's a starting point.

2. A wardrobe that works
 my life, my style (or lack of... ahem). I need to edit the "what suits me" in theory into garments that fit in with my life and things I know I will love to wear. I still don't need ball gowns to take the boys to school and fancy jackets are not so practical when I'm gardening or baking...

3. Organise that stash
I have a gigantic fabric (and patterns... and yarn) stash that looks like it was put together by someone else. I don't know how many times I said "Really???" "What was I thinking???". Fingers crossed there will be a few things I can actually turn into something wearable.

4. Seasonal Schedule
It isn't a capsule plan or make that many garments in 3 months: I want to enjoy it! It's more trying to look ahead and have an overall view of my wardrobe. Just like I need to make things that suit me, it would be a good idea if I actually made what I need first! (I know it's not fun...) I need to check what I already have / what I need and plan accordingly for the different seasons.



So here we go. I spent some time last year reading blogs, watching videos etc and it was much more enjoyable than I first thought. Also, I didn't expect it to be that empowering! (wow, am I really writing this? Haha!) Seriously though, there's no need to go with the "capsule wardrobe minimalist trend in all shades of greige" if it's not for you, but I'm convinced that knowing what's flattering will save a lot of time, money and make me more comfortable in my own skin. The "problem" is not my body anymore: it's the clothes I put on.
What next? I'm not going to try to reinvent the wheel. The information is out there for free. In each section I will simply share the resources I have found useful and hopefully my handmade wardrobe will take shape as I go (at least in theory!).

Thank you for reading and I hope that you find this series helpful! (or that my attempt makes you smile... whichever :p )
ps: I'd love to know how you work out what to make! I guess not many people take the silly regimented approach I do... ;o)

I will add the links here as they are published:
1. Flattering shapes and colours
2. A wardrobe that works
3. Organise that stash
4. Seasonal Schedule