The new year is a logical time to review the previous. Trouble is, I’m just not in the right frame of mind. We’re currently holidaying in Hawaii, which has not been in the least bit trouble free. I’m talking accommodation cancelled by the owner at the last minute without refund, missed flights due to inadequate visa information by the travel agent – I could go on… but won’t. One more thing (!) I will not ever book with Airbnb again, I calculate I’ve had about 40% fails with it and our holiday leave is far too precious for that.
3 days after we return to Sydney, we’re moving out of 2 houses and renting them while we relocate to Geelong, just outside of Melbourne for a year. Stress? What stress?
So while I’m consolidating my disparate wardrobe from 2 houses, it seems opportune to do a big clean out. The ‘other’ wardrobe is all shabby chick, the home wardrobe a bit ‘this n that’.
Here’s what I’ll be tossing.
The blue chopped up style lines of marquee, blogged here. It’s huge, it’s nasty feeling and I do not ever wish to put it on my body. Definitely a failed Patternmaking experiment.
I discovered I like my Sass and Bide glitzy trousers for partying and generally dressing up while still looking alarmingly dishevelled! More like these, but how many wildly creative artisanal pants can a girl wear. Maybe one more pair for winter that look great with my new jacket tailored by Brita (stay tuned, pics coming).
Thats it, really. I tossed other baddies earlier in the year, don’t think this is my only fail! Thing is, I’m quite attached to a lot of what I make even though I can’t/won’t/don’t wear them.
Question mark category
Very tempted to do away with both pairs of Style Arc culottes blogged here. I have mixed feelings about them. On one hand I am always asked where I bought them and “oh wow”, “so cool”. On the other hand I just find them very difficult to wear. What goes on top? Not my usual silhouette and I’m just not that comfortable with large bottom, small top. It’s not a look that plays to my strengths, my preference is for slim bottoms and slightly loose tops.
I really love this granny’s tea cloth top – self drafted. However, the centre front points to the crotch and is a bit weirdified! I can’t lop it off because that will cut through the embroidery. Live and learn!
A dress version (R) of the Style Arc Georgia peplum top (L) remained un-blogged. Photo failure and lack of interest! A bit Alice in Wonderland perhaps, I just need a blue hair ribbon! The original green Georgia peplum top is a little beauty (mate!) not sure why I don’t wear it more? I think it’s filed under ‘going out smart casual’ in my brain. I should make this again in a more casual fabric and colour for everyday.
I don’t wear the straight business-y dress much/ever. Well suited to doctors appointments, solicitors appointments and parent/teacher interviews. While I do these things sometimes, perhaps it’s not enough to warrant any more appointment dresses!
The starry night maxi set is great and I’d wear it more often if #1 son didn’t look quizzical when asking “do you really want to show skin Mum?”. Hmmm, definitely going to add another row of fringing to the top to lengthen it. I’m sure then it will be a fun wardrobe item I’ll wear.
Red,white, black casual skirt is too long for flat shoes, but still a useful thing. Must shorten and add top stitching for increased casual integrity!
Looking at the ‘collection’ I’ve made, not much goes with anything else. Not enough casual basics. But…casual basics = boring sewing!
The plan for 2016 but don’t hold me to it – tee hee!
- make straight trousers, I wear them a lot
- Try more synthetic fabric blends. I like mixed fibre content in RTW and I do think sometimes they give a garment longevity – I know, shoot me now!
- White shirts, white shirts white shirts!
- make the damned Brita jacket already!!
- 2016 – work on rock chic, less shabby chick!
- and the Hawaiian holiday quote “get good”!
I’ll leave you with a random surfer dude taken this am. Maili Point, Oahu, Hawaii.