Well I am still motivated and trying to decide on my next project. It dawned on me this week that I am certainly not living up to the name of my blog, Sewing with a Plan. I haven't had any sewing plan at all to date. My sewing choices have all been made purely on how easy they will be to sew. Don't get me wrong I have needed dresses as the weather here in Melbourne over summer has been really hot. The two dresses I made have been worn quite a few times already, and it has been good to have a few successful sewing projects under my belt to boost my confidence.
My problem is I have a wardrobe full of clothes and nothing to wear. I am sure a few of you out there in blog land often say the same thing. I tend to buy clothes just because I like the colour or the style but rarely give any thought to what they will go with in my existing wardrobe or how they will fit in with my lifestyle. I am to put it bluntly an impulse buyer!
So my plan now is to sort through my wardrobe and get rid of the things that quite frankly I am not that keen on and then look for gaps that need to be filled and make things that I need that provide me with the type of wardrobe I have often dreamed of. One that is only made up of things I love, fit me, suit my shape and my current lifestyle.
Today I started work going through my wardrobe. I have been losing weight (very slowly) over the last two years so the first thing I did was get rid of (donate) anything that was too big or did not fit me well. I was quite embarrassed to see all of those practically new outfits lying on bed. Some still had price tags on them. Some I just looked at and thought "what was I thinking"! Anyway they have all been taken to the Salvation Army Thrift shop and hopefully someone who needs them will enjoy them.
With my wardrobe now nice and orderly I started to look through and see what outfits I could put together with what I have. I have to admit that things are in a little better shape than I thought they were in the wardrobe. Now that I can actually see what is hanging there I can see the potential for a practical wardrobe is possible.
The two areas I have identified as seriously lacking are very dressy going out type of outfits and smart casual for the days that I am not working my corporate job.
So I have decided that a nice smart denim skirt could be the answer for my casual wardrobe. Even though we are coming into winter here in Australia I think I will still get to wear it with boots and tights.
Even better was that I have the denim in my stash and a pattern that I think could look good made up in denim. I have read some good reviews on the Simplicity Amazing Fit patterns so I thought I would give this one a try. I think it has potential for some nice top stitching to compliment the denim. Not sure about those flaps on my hips though...