May 8, 2014

Wardrobe Architect

I stumbled upon a blog a few weeks ago that was going through Colette's Wardrobe Architect.  I was intrigued so I went exploring.  At the time I thought it sounded interesting, but not for me.  

Today I got out of bed and could not find a single thing to wear:  
t-shirt- too clingy or too thin or doesn't fit or wrong length sleeves...
skirt- too short for today's weather
blouse- I only have one and it's stained (why do i still have it?)
jeans- only have one pair and they're in the laundry pile
dress- don't feel like it
sweater- I wear that one too much already, but hardly any of the rest

Piles and piles of clothes reside between my floor, my closet and my dresser, yet I can't find anything to wear?  I admit to having I-don't-like-my-body-fat-to-show-itis most days, and today I had a major case of it. That only increases the guilt I feel looking at my plethora of clothes that I know I'm being quite ungrateful for.

I went to my collection of patterns next, thinking, "If only I had a shirt I wanted to wear, this could be fixed."  After quickly looking through my paper patterns I pulled one out to trace so I can get started on a muslin.  Then I go through my fabric stash to look for the perfect fabric to pair with this pattern:  
-that one needs washed still
-that one is too heavy
-I don't like that print for me
-those are saved for the nieces' Christmas dresses that didn't get sewn
-that one I bought to go with another pattern
-that one is too expensive to use on a shirt
-that one I really like and am therefore afraid to use...

This sounded all too familiar... because I had already done it this morning with my clothes!  Honestly, I was so disgusted with myself.  What else is there to do but give up, plop on the couch and browse the internet for cute shoes.  Somewhere in the midst of ballet flats and oxford heels, I remembered that Wardrobe Architect thing.  Web-searching for it was super fast and before you know it, I'm writing a blog post committing myself to at least go through it.  The worse thing it can do is not help, in which case I'm just back here looking at shoes. 

Some of the things asked on the first Wardrobe Architect post that I really identify with:
-You acquire things you don’t use
-You feel regret over purchases, whether it’s fabric you’ll never use or a blouse bought because it was on clearance
-You tend to buy quantity over quality more than you’d like
-You buy things that are “close enough.”
-You have an overwhelmingly long list of sewing projects you want to make and no idea of how to prioritize them
-You feel like your wardrobe is all over the place
-You don’t know how to put outfits together from what you have, so you keep acquiring more instead

Ok, that's almost all of them.  Looks like I might really benefit from this.  ~insert happy dance~  This should be interesting, I have no idea what I'm expecting, if I'm going to see that my tastes have changed, my body shape needs different styles, I am completely missing something from my wardrobe, no clue!  The only thing I DO know is I should go work on that I-don't-like-my-body-fat-to-show-itis disease thingy I have and get some more exercise...  soon.


  1. Hi there, I've read through your blog, and I'm pretty speechless. I'm sure you know a lot more about sewing than what you are willing to admit! :) I mean look at that stash!!! And the patterns. You are so lucky to have a dedicated sewing place. Let me know how the Wardrobe Architect project goes for you. I kind of find myself sabotaging the process as it feels a little limiting at this point. Although I know it would be very useful to have a basic set of clothes and then moving on to the difficult ones, made of crazy printed fabrics that I hardly ever have a chance to wear...Oh, I'll stop blabbering. Have a nice day!

    1. Thank you for a vote of confidence- I definitely need that some days so I truly appreciate it! :-D My experience is mostly in sewing children's clothes, so most of those adult patterns have yet to be used. I started this blog in an attempt to push myself into sewing for adults (hopefully myself too!). That stash might finally get used up too. ;-)