In my last blog post I shared my sewing story and how I got into dressmaking. But as exciting as the first year was, I quickly realized that I was facing a major problem: overwhelm. I am a fast seamstress and I was making tons of clothes every month. I was buying dozens of sewing patterns and lots of fabric. My wardrobe was quickly filling, but this didn’t seem to slow me down. Ok, I won’t be too harsh on myself, because making all these clothes was like taking sewing lessons. Each one was teaching me a new technique and I wanted to try different patterns and fabrics for practice. But that doesn’t change the fact that I was still making too many stuff, which is not very sustainable after all.
You’d think that having a full wardrobe meant that I had tons of options when I was getting dressed. Unfortunately, that wasn’t the case. I can’t tell you how many times I stood in front of my fully packed closet and said to myself “I have nothing to wear!”.
How could this be happening to me, when I was staring at dozens of clothes?
This situation continued for many months, until last September, when we moved to a new apartment. It was a lot smaller than the one we used to rent so I had to have a huge wardrobe clear out, if we were going to make it work. I had to be really brutal, because there were things in my wardrobe that were brand new, meaning that I only wore them a couple of times and that I had since high school. There were clothes that didn’t fit me anymore, because I’m no longer 18. Things that were not my style anymore but had sentimental value. Things I made myself but didn’t really like. After this process, I was left with only a few clothes in my wardrobe, but they were all clothes I love to wear. And guess what! Most of them were handmade!
So, since then I’ve been trying to create a whole new handmade wardrobe, slowly but surely. I am only making clothes I know I will wear a lot. Clothes that suit my lifestyle and not my dream life. Let’s be realistic! As much as I love vintage inspired clothes, I don’t have much need for a full-circle-skirt-vintage-inspired dress right now. I wish I did, but I don’t! So I can’t spend my time -and money- making 10 of them, when my wardrobe lacks basic tops to wear when I work from home.
I am very happy to say that I made such a huge progress since then. I almost don’t recognize myself. My sewing is now much more intentional and I am finally making clothes that I enjoy wearing everyday. That’s why I thought it would be nice to share my tips and my process with the sewing community. I know that there are many of you out there who are facing the same issue, who are overwhelmed, who are making clothes they don’t need. I know how you feel. I’ve been there. And I can help you.
That’s what my upcoming book ‘Sewing your dream wardrobe’ is all about. It’s a guide to help you create YOUR dream wardrobe. I will share more details about its content in the following days, because there are many different chapters involved, so stay tuned.
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