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5.25.2015

A Thoughtfully Sewn Wardrobe: Wardrobe Architect

I have wanted to go through the wardrobe architect series ever since it came out. I just kept putting it off and putting it off. Lately I've realized that I sew a lot and sew a lot for myself, but then sometimes it never gets worn. I spend time and sometimes money making something only to have it sit in my closet. I mean, I claim that I'm making custom clothing that fits me perfectly, but then I don't wear it and feel guilty that I don't wear it. I finally realized something needed to change. I'm now committed to only make what I'll love and wear, and to love everything in my closet.
My sister and I started on the wardrobe architect journey together to encourage each other. I've only gotten about halfway through it, but I'll share what I've done so far. If you're interested in following along, you can see my core style pinterest board.
The words that define my core style are: happy, comfortable, relaxed. That's the feelings that I want to portray and feel with everything that I wear. These are the pictures that inspire me and make me happy.
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The silhouettes that I love at the moment are similar to these.
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I think part of my problem with colors is that my color story 8 years ago when I was shopping a lot for myself is different that it is now when I hardly go shoppping. It's hard to switch over without a lot of money and to admit to myself that the colors in my closet aren't my colors anymore. My color story is this.
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Now after all these I've come to the realization that I mostly like to wear solids, solids with texture, stripes, small polka dots, and small florals. I had a really hard time with this because as a seamstress, I appreciate a really good print. I LOVE them, but I often don't wear them. I want to buy all the prints, but then I have a hard time deciding what to do with them. And if I do make something with them, I don't pull it out of my closet. So here are some fabrics I really love, and here's to commiting to wearing solids and simple prints that make me happy. I haven't figured it out completely, so these are just a few.
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Have you tried the wardrobe architect? How do you make sure you love everything you buy or make?
Heather

2 comments:

  1. I started looking at it a couple of weeks ago. But I didn't have time to spend in the moment working on it. I now need to go back and print the worksheets off and work on it. My sister in law and I went shopping today, and as I was looking at the clothes I picked out to try on, it was either a way good sale and kinda just not me, or way expensive. And as I thought about that, and asked my sister in law about which one to get, the good deal because it was a good deal or the one that I really liked even though it wasn't a good deal, she said only get something if you really love it. I didn't get the good deal/clearance clothes. I picked up the one thing that I loved, and took a picture of the other shirt because it was something I could make myself when I find the right fabric. This whole idea motivates me to clean out my closet. I really don't want to have a bunch of clothes just to have a bunch of clothes. Nor do I want to keep a bunch of stuff because it is still in good condition, even though I won't wear it again. I really want to get core pieces that are just perfect for me. But I am a busy mom and the thought of taking the time to do all that really isn't appealing right now. But with summer coming there should be time to follow the prompts and figure it all out. I would really like to be more intentional with what I do have, not just hodge podge it all together. Also, it would be fun to figure out my kids, what their core style/silhouette/colors are. Teach them while they are younger and not wait until they get old! Thanks for posting this. I can't wait to see what you come up with wardrobe wise.

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  2. I am just trying to get updated with all your posts, I didn't come here to read you in a while. I really like this idea, and I'd like to do it too. I realised I do have a lot of handmades that I actually wear, but I have a whole lot of them that I don't. I don't want to make my entir wardrobe out of handmades, but I am buying less, and also selecting better what to keep from the ones I have already. I like your colors and fabric prints (solids) too. I actually have more solids in my collection that big prints.

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