Weekly Threads #3 – What do I actually wear?

First of all, I was so excited to see Melanie from Following the Thread got to interview Cassie Stocks, the author of our current book for The Literary Sewing Circle. Are you reading Dance, Gladys, Dance with us? Cassie sews a bit, too, so that was thrilling to read and I feel like we are friends now, too! Our sewing community is the best!

For my wardrobe review, as suggested by The Curated Closet book, I took photos of a week of outfits to analyze. Here they are:

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What I noticed – I do like a bit of color and should maybe incorporate more into my outfits. I like a loose shape, but I’m not sure that is always the most flattering. My favorite outfit to wear was the striped pencil skirt and Anthropologie top. That skirt fits me perfectly and the top is easy breezy! I should have worn more elegant shoes with it, though. I was being lazy an slipped my Birks on. My favorite outfit from looking at these pictures is my Saiph dress and the WHBM jacket. I love me a jacket to pull an outfit together, and this jacket gave this unstructured dress the perfect look. Of course, cozy-wise I loved wearing my new moss green velour turtleneck and flared Paige jeans. We had a lot of fun that day at Disney, so there’s that.

I also observed I like texture! Velvet, crepe, tweed and double gauze are fun fun fun to wear. That works out since lots of my recent WIP are textured, too. I guess that goes back to fabric choice and what I tend to buy.

Next couple weeks I’ll be collecting images (which I actually do all the time) and analyze the overall aesthetic of my wardrobe hopes and dreams. That is going to be a hard step, I think. Some of my style longings are so aspirational that I need to get a grip. Anyone else feel like that? Yes, I can wear anything I want to, but do I? I am a work at home mom who lives in the suburbs. I sit at a desk, get my kids from school, and walk the dog. On exciting days we go out to a coffee shop or hang out with my extended family! But expressing my style is still important, just in a practical way.

Speaking of inspiration, Shauni from The Magnificent Thread made such a cool coat! Oh how I wish I needed something so warm and stylish as that! I didn’t even know what a gilet was before reading her post.

Then Katrina from Offsquare posted a sunny yellow wrap skirt that I just love! The shape and details are so unique and I wanted the pattern immediately. It sent me on a long exploration of the Pattern Easy website where I saw lots of patterns I obviously needed. Oh my!

In related news, StyleArc is having a sale (just through tonight!) on some of their PDF patterns. I want the Sia knit dress, the Cher knit dress, the Keely knit top and the Ethel designer top. But I know I don’t have time to sew them! It is so hard to refrain, especially since we are in our second month of the Ready to Wear Fast and I’m getting shopping withdrawls hard.

For the Match Your Shoes contest on Pattern Review I have made such a fun fur jacket, but the contest requires a full outfit, so I hope to complete my Berlin skirt and some kind of top to enter by the end of the week. I feel like the designer on Project Runway who makes something amazing for the top of their model but realize half hour before the runway show that they have nothing for the bottom. Then they pull together a lumpy mess of a skirt and it ruins the whole presentation. This Berlin skirt was supposed to be my wearable muslin, but it may be my contest entry!

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Our last Clothes Making Mavens podcast episode was all contributions! We were so happy to hear different perspectives. And I’ll bet you like hearing other voices besides just Lori and I!

It is Sew Sunday over at my house. I hope you are all getting a few stitches in!

3 thoughts on “Weekly Threads #3 – What do I actually wear?

  1. When I worked through the Curated Closet I failed to take pics of myself which is a great idea! I should do that too. I made that Saiph pattern (not the one with the curly peplum but the other with the flat pocket) and sadly the cotton and silk I used was SO stiff I just couldn’t get that stiffness out of it and really it looks so nice in a drapey fabric. You’ve inspired me to get back to that pattern. Love that denim jacket you’re wearing with it – so stylish!

  2. So glad you enjoyed the interview with Cassie! I was pleased to find out she also visits PatternReview and the Curvy Sewing Collective, like so many of us 🙂

    I’ve just checked out The Curated Closet from my library so I hope I can follow along with the process as diligently as you are… I need a closet rehaul….

    Hope you’re coming up with ideas for a project for the Literary Sewing Circle. I’ve been cleaning up my stash and came across a fabric that gave me a perfect idea 🙂

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