Monday, October 18, 2021

Wardrobe Planning and Random Thoughts

The mojo is still absent, but I have been trying to figure out if there's anything I want to sew or need to add to my wardrobe. 

There are a couple of patterns that I'm interested in sewing, and I did add to the stash during the recent $.99 Simplicity sale at JoAnn:

New Look 6698, S9385, 9373, 9375, 9376, 9326, 9275, 9372

And while I'm really excited to sew both the skirt in 9375 and a couple of the shrugs in 9372, that still didn't get the sewing mojo going. 

I also sorted through nearly the whole stash because I donated a bunch of fabric (4 plastic Mood bags full!) to our High School theater program. My son would be offended, he says they don't deserve anything> LOL!!!!!

So I couldn't rev the mojo in the normal way, next up was assessing if there were wardrobe holes. I still had all of my summer clothes and shoes out and had to go through the work of pulling out the fall goods. Every time I make the switch, I analyze both sets of clothing. As the spring/summer clothes are going away, I am deciding what to keep, donate, or toss...and the same with the fall/winter clothes coming out of storage. I took note of my favorite garments and realized a color story was happening!

Now, I'm not going to do any color theory or anything because...I know me and I'm just not going to do it :-p But there was a definite pattern. 
  • Black, Navy, Grey, Olive, Camel, White
  • Blush, Wine, Plum
  • Chartreuse, teal, slate blue
  • Black & white stripes and prints
a representative sample

I think I'm going to work mostly within this color palette and see how that works for me! I am also going to try to avoid buying new clothes. I have added several garments, and they all work, but I want to really thoughtfully add to my existing wardrobe. Especially with the schedule I'm maintaining right now. 

Another part of the process is NOT including anything in my closet that I cannot currently fit. I have mentioned before but, I have never really had body image issues and am having a hard time right now. Not necessarily with the weight gain (I've been over 200 lbs before) but with how I feel about my body right now. Blergh. So it's really important not to bring clothing in that's going to hang there and be pointless. 

This orange jacket has been in the wardrobe for awhile - I got it from J. Crew 5 years ago, it's linen, and I love the color. It's clearly too small right now but I think the length is wrong now too! It's funny how trends change and we end up being shaped by them, whether we intend to or not. 

In a nutshell, I would really like:
a deep red pair of pants (maybe ponte for now)
a skirt in one of the deeper shades of red (wine/brick red - it'd be great if I could find leather!!)
a chartreuse cardigan (I have the fabric for this)
a deep magenta shrug (I have the fabric for this)
slim black pants (I bought a pair last year but can't fit them right now)
1 or 2 heavier knit dresses (I have a charcoal ponte in the stash)

On the non-sewing front, I'm coming down from a high of daily grandkid visits for a whole week! Swoon! The kids have some business to tend to but my daughter and the babies were here while my son in law was taking care of some things and I was happy to help out and get alllllll the baby snuggles!

He's almost 2 months old now! 
He was born a little early but I think he's all caught up now :)

And, Nana's house has not been kid-proofed so it was a free-for-all! Just keep him safe! LOL!!!! 


  1. I like your thoughts about colors and your realistic ways. That pic of gma and cute baby is the cutest thing I've seen in a long time. God bless.

  2. Baby snuggles trump sewjo most days! I like your plans, though. I need to go through my wardrobe…

  3. yes I agree about having indecision about what to sew, not needing anything etc. I do think my wardrobe is way too big and yet I can't part with things I have made. That baby photo is so cute, those tiny mittens :)

  4. Yay for baby snuggles! I feel like wardrobe needs have changed so much over the past two years that it makes it really hard to plan or even want to plan anything new. But I think assessing what you have already is a helpful place to start. And I've found that sewing in a color story is really nice in terms of not having to change serger thread very often!

  5. Oh, my, he's beautiful! Enjoy these moments. They are the best. As far as wardrobing, I've been playing with the same and am pretty much done with the seasonal juggling and decision making. I love that orange blazer on you and it's short length. That and the top underneath are such lively colors and really look great on you. I find demand sewing can be not the most interesting, you know, filling holes and such, so make sure you get an impulse make in there for the fun of it.

  6. My sewjo was magically restarted after I finished a languishing project on a staycation last week, woot! Your mojo will find its way back to you. In the meantime, OH MY what a sweet little babe of a grandson you have!

    I didn't get nearly the amount of sewing done this summer that I hoped, which means that it's basically too late to start those projects (stripe white linen pencil skirt, not suitable for tundra winter!)--oh well. Guess I need to get some more winter-appropriate fabrics, haha.

  7. I won't get into why my mojo is on the run (deeeeep sigh). Take your time and sew when you the mood hits. =)

    Of the eight patterns in your picture, I count six that I also picked up (6698, 9385, 9375, 9376, 9275, and 9372)! That pattern sale got me! Plus my local craft store that sells fabric also had New Look on sale for $1.79. (!!!!) I took full advantage of that glitch in the matrix.

    Baby snuggles for the win!

  8. omg i love me some new look patterns. excited to see those made.
    also, i totally understand on the body, weight, sewing issues. i seem to swing up and down rapidly right now and i never want to sew until im at a stable spot.
    oh gosh those baby snuggles look amazingly therapeutic!!


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