Bet you wondered if I was going to sew curtains forever! I finished my last 2 sets this past weekend, and while there will be more later on, I want to stop and work on my wardrobe for a few weeks. Pictures of the completed living room are coming this weekend – I am not exaggerating when I say that it’s like I live in a different house now – I love it!
Having said that, I’m not super excited with the fall patterns, though there were a few that I loved. And my life has changed so much – I’m working outside the house again, which means I need more professional type pieces than before. It’s easy for me to fall into the trap of wearing whatever I see first, but I’m really trying not to – I know that I feel better in general if I put in a little effort. With that in mind, I’m trying to identify holes in my wardrobe and fill them.
I like to ask myself these questions when working on wardrobe planning:
1. What image do I want to project?
I firmly believe that the way you dress makes a difference in how you are perceived by the world. I don’t want to get into whether that’s fair or not (hint: it’s not, especially as pertains to women). Having said that, I find that as an introvert (thanks for the comments on my last post – I am feeling better!) that it helps me to imagine myself filling a role. As a musician and actor, this sort of thinking comes naturally. Right now my concerns are two-fold: I want to appear confident and competent, but I also want to be approachable.
2. How do I want to feel?
It’s not just about the outside – clothes affect your mood. I always want to be comfortable, but I don’t wish to feel messy or sloppy. I’m not interested in being uncomfortable for fashion, because I think you can be fashionable without torturing yourself.
3. What are the practical considerations?
I have to walk a fair bit, sometimes in cold weather. I don’t like to wear anything that is tight around the ribcage (for breathing). I prefer sleeves, and can’t understand why women’s clothing doesn’t seem to come with them anymore. If I make something with short sleeves I have to wear a sweater all the time (or not wear the item at all.) I don’t like to wear black because I have a long haired cat.
I find that these three questions help me to narrow my focus. After that I go through my closet and donate anything that doesn’t make me feel that way (I always recommend doing this with a friend – I know I’m not objective about things that I’ve made!) I have that planned for this weekend, and after that I’ll have a better idea of the state of my wardrobe.
Off to think about patterns…