My Biggest Mistake in Sewing My Own Wardrobe

I don’t know about you, but I have made plenty of mistakes in my sewing adventures. My seam ripper and I … I really hesitate to say that we’re friends … let’s just say we’ve spent a lot of quality time together. I’ve rushed projects, I’ve messed up the measurements, I’ve chosen the wrong fabric for a project … I could go on and on. And the thing is, I’ve learned from every single mistake! But today, I’m going to share the single biggest mistake I’ve made in sewing my own clothing.

It’s an easy mistake to make. One that started with my fabric shopping, pattern choices, and lack of being intentional. But it’s a mistake that confronts me every day that I go to pick out an outfit from my closet.

Almost nothing goes together!

The word intentional is defined as “done on purpose, deliberate.” When I really got into sewing my own clothes this last year … I just wanted to sew! I’d see fabric I liked, buy it, and eventually figure out what I wanted to make with it. I didn’t really think about the end result … a collection of clothing that is very difficult to get full outfits out of.

The Clothing I Have

Violette Field Threads’ Amelia Top (Modified), Patterns for Pirates Wiggle Dress hacked as a pencil skirt.

This teal pencil skirt is the only thing that goes with this Amelia Top — except for jeans, which go with everything but aren’t work appropriate.

And while I love this teal skirt, I can’t pair it with most of my tops because while it is blue, it’s a different kind of blue than the tops I have and it just doesn’t work. Blue is a staple in my wardrobe … it used to be my entire wardrobe! But then I decided I should have more color. 🙂

Halla Elise Top mashed with the Twirly Girl Skirt. Paired with the Patterns for Pirates’ Wiggle Dress Pencil Skirt.

This Halla Elise/Twirly Girl top is the only other top that goes with the teal pencil skirt.

The other problem with the plaid Elise/Twirly Girl and the floral Amelia is that I used Double Brushed Poly (DBP) to make them. While DBP is super soft and lovely to work with … it makes me stink like no other fabric does. Sorry for the TMI details. 😀 So while I love these tops, I don’t wear them as often as I would otherwise.

This pencil skirt is my absolute favorite! But, it doesn’t go with any of my floral or plaid tops. The fabric is an amazing Ponte from JoAnn and, honestly, it’s probably the best fabric I’ve used for a pencil skirt yet! It hasn’t pilled or looked worn at all since I made it last summer — I can’t say that about any of my other pencil skirts.

This skirt works well with two tops, the blue striped Paige and the mustard Piper. I’d love to be able to match it with more things!

This Mama Isabel is a puzzle for me. I made it in mini dress length because I wanted to wear it kind of like a duster — as in the photo on the right. I pair it most often with a mustard colored bodycon dress. But again, I’m limited by the fact that it’s floral and I can’t do floral on floral or layer it with plaid or my favorite pencil skirt. I can’t use it as a top because it’s an awkward length and I don’t wear mini dresses.

It’s also DBP, so … same problem as the plaid Elise and the floral Amelia.

Violette Field Threads’ Piper Top (heavily modified), Made for Mermaids’ Cher Skirt.

My Piper top is literally the only one that goes with this plaid Cher Skirt. And the only way it looks good is to tuck it in … which I don’t feel is really flattering on me. It’s a personal thing.

Then there’s this floral Deanna top that I love! But … it literally goes with none of my skirts.

It’s tough having clothes I love that are limited in their use. Especially if there are things in the laundry — that can wipe out multiple outfits at the same time, leaving me with no easy options.

I want it to be easy to pick an outfit in the morning when I’m getting ready for work. I want my wardrobe to be more versatile than it is.

So … my goal this year is to be more intentional with my clothing makes and fabric purchases.

How Do I Fix This?

There are so many of these pieces that I love, but I need a way to make this wardrobe work for me. There are a few options I’ve considered to solve my problem.

Option 1: Donate everything and start from scratch to create a capsule wardrobe for summer.

Option 2: Use what I have and find a few versatile pieces to make more of the clothing I already have work together.

While it’s sometimes tempting just to start fresh, and we all need second chances and a new start … I really like these pieces. So, I’ve decided not to just sew up new pieces of clothing without considering how they fit into my wardrobe.

I’m planning on sitting back and doing a serious inventory of the clothing I have and making some more pieces to help expand their usability. I want to assess each clothing item by how much I wear it, how comfortable I am in it, etc. From there I’ll figure out what to ditch and what to make that will expand the versatility of my wardrobe.

My goal is to be more intentional with my sewing this year.

How about you?

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