In retrospect I should have started the program at the beginning of the year when I started my "no new fabric pledge". Making more mindful choices was right there as one of my goals in my pledge post. I had tried to do the Wardrobe Architect when it was first published in 2014, and again in 2015. But it's hard. It's hard for me to really think about the choices I make when I dress myself. I had to dig deep. My five words I came up with are
comfortable, coordinating, cleavage, transitional, structured
I am sure the cleavage will get a raised eyebrow but it was the best way I could describe the kind of feeling I was trying to convey, that of room and freedom around my neck.
When we were asked about what silhouettes we liked I discovered a few things about myself I had not realised before
First off, I wear mostly skinny jeans and I don't know if I like other pant silhouettes. How have I not noticed that before? I like skirts and dresses but have difficulty feeling comfortable in them because they make me feel a bit naked. Jackets and blazers that are cut close to the body make me feel like an Amazon in pygmy clothes, even if they technically fit. Everything should have pockets.
I have organised my inspiration into different headings
I chose to use the word "texture" instead or "pattern" because I like the texture of woven woolens and tweed as much or more then polka dots and stripes right now. After the colour exercise I went through my stash and took about everything that made me feel blah or outright uncomfortable. Amazingly it has made me feel so much better about my stash and sewing room in general. Before looking at my stash made me feel uncomfortable, I assumed because it represented a lot of work. Now looking at it makes me feel a little joy as I can imagine wearing all of those fabrics on my body, and feeling good about them. Capsule wardrobe planning is coming up and I have a few ideas.
I have a pair of these on my sewing table right now. This program has made me take stock of the things I actually need and want, so the floaty tops I had planned were put aside and the Ginger Jeans pattern were pulled out.
I really like the idea of a relaxed pant worn with a belt. Not sure if I would like it on myself but I am willing to try. The hard part is choosing which pattern. Leaning towards the Guise pants in the middle. From left to right Gilbert trousers, Guise pants and Hampshire trousers.
I have black cashmere, red wool, blue tweed and lots of other outerwear fabric horded in my stash and I am excited to get cutting into some of it this winter. From left to right Ziggi jacket, Yuzu Raglan coat, Camden cape (with pockets), Clare coat, white biker jacket. I really want to make a Camden I had bought and put aside wool, lining and buttons for one right after it came out in November. The others I am unsure off. I hope I can make a biker jacket this winter. A coat as well seems unlikely at this point but its nice to dream.
If anyone wants to do the Wardrobe Architect along with other people in real time Christine Haynes is doing it atm on her blog.