OK, so I am in danger of reaching the end of January and failing in my quest to make an item of clothing a month throughout 2015, before I’ve even started!
In the resources post I did a couple of weeks ago, I mentioned the post on Sew Mama Sew by Allie Olsen of Indiesew, all about transitioning to a handmade wardrobe.
I thought I would work my way through it.
1. Get rid of the junk
I have de-cluttered my wardrobe a couple of times in the last year, but I confess that there are still some things I am hanging onto until I find something to replace it. Maybe I need to be bold and donate/recycle them now, and that may well work as a significant incentive to get on and make replacements!
2. Define your style
I struggle with this I’m afraid. I am no clothes horse, or follower of fashion. As long as I’m not embarrassing the kids, I tend to not put a huge amount of thought into what I’m wearing.
I do tend to wear the same things most of the time though, so maybe that is my ‘style’…!
- I have a pair of White Stuff trousers (that I got for £2 from a charity rail!) that I love the fit and style of
- T-shirts and vest tops. I wear vest tops and long sleeved t-shirts a LOT in the winter, with a snuggy jumper or cardi on top. I’d love to be able to make both long-sleeved and short-sleeved t-shirts
- Cardigans-who doesn’t love a cardi..?!
- Dresses-having never really worn dresses, I found several in charity shops during My Make Do and Mend Year, and realised that I actually quite like wearing them.
- My skirt made from an old pair of jeans-I love this and wear it a lot, with leggings in the winter, and with bare legs in the summer
- Leggings-to wear with skirts and dresses-I have only one pair and need more!
- I don’t tend to like things that are too tight, but things that are too big and shapeless do tend to drown me slightly! I think there may be a mis-match here between what I like the feel of, and what actually suits me…!
3. Know your favourite fabrics
- Jersey and knit fabrics. Unfortunately. I say unfortunately as I’m a bit scared of trying to sew with stretch fabrics!
- Denim and linen for trousers
4. Create a colour and pattern palette
I struggle with this. I actually have no idea what colours suit me and what don’t (I’m realising what a rubbish girl I am!). I think most of the things are in my wardrobe just because I liked them at the time, not because they are a particular colour palette.
Having said that, I guess I must gravitate towards certain colours, as there seems to be a lot of blue/grey/black in my wardrobe!
So I think:
- Neutral colours-black, grey, navy
- But with the odd ‘pop’ of something really bright!
5. Make a wish-list
Things I want to make this year:
- T-shirts-long sleeved and short sleeved
- Trousers-an attempt at a similar style to my White Stuff trousers
- Skirt-I want to try and turn a pair of trousers into a skirt
- Skirt-make one from scratch-I want to try a 1950’s style circle skirt
- Dress-I really want a 1940’s tea dress, but might need to have a closer look at whether it would actually suit me..!
- Winter coat-this may be too ambitious, but I have some gorgeous tweedy fabric I inherited from my Nana, just crying out to be made into a gorgeous coat
- Running gear-I am in desperate need of some new running gear. Am I brave enough to attempt sewing with lycra…?!
- Socks-I REALLY want some handmade socks. As I don’t knit, this probably means crocheting some
- Pants-I really enjoyed making my pants last year, and am keen to have another go! I want to work out a way to recycle old t-shirts into new pants!
6. Evaluate your skills
Ah. OK. Weeeeelll, I can sew a straight (ish) line.
I have done zips, but the thought of something like a fly zip scares the pants off me (get it?!).
I did sew with elastic to when I made my pants, but I could definitely do with some more practice.
As I mentioned earlier, I want to sew with knits and stretch fabric, but that is most certainly no part of my skill set (yet!)
7. Plan your first item and find a pattern
It’s not on my wish list, but I’m going to attempt project 2 from my Love at First Stitch book-the Margot pyjamas!
It seems like quite a nice easy project to start on. I want to ease myself in, and not attempt anything too hard to start with and put myself off.
8. Buy your fabric and supplies
I have this fabric that I think was an old sheet, that I found in a charity shop, and it just screams “Pyjamas!” at me, so I’m going to use that.
I think I have everything I need, but I will double check the list.
9. Sew your item and take notes
I will do this and blog it..!
10. Do it all over again!
And then there will be no stopping me….
So, has anyone made anything yet for #mmaw2015?
Do share below, or on the Facebook page 🙂