I really enjoy sewing, and for the first time since I became a mama, I actually have the time and energy to dedicate to my hobby (the kids "need" me less and my daughter is on the brink of sleeping through the night, so yeah, lots more time and energy).
Here's the thing: I #konmari'd my closet a couple of years ago, and it's working so well for me that I want to make sure my handmades integrate into my minimalist wardrobe rather than fill it with makes-for-the-sake-of-making that I don't really love.
Here are some advantages of a small wardrobe: I don’t get overwhelmed by the amount of clothes in my closet; getting dressed in the morning is much more straightforward and easy; and I can more confidently identify what is my actual style.
So I took a lot of time to think about what are the gaps in my wardrobe (I mean real gaps that are hindering my routine and lifestyle, not just some current trends that I think I "have to have"). For example I only have two pairs of office-appropriate pants, and I somehow no longer have any tunic length tops, which means I can’t wear my leggings without feeling REALLY self-conscious.
I also knew I wanted to sew from my stash as much as possible. My stash is modest in size, but ridiculous in age. Some of these fabrics have been following me around since the early aughts - that's almost 20 years!!!
This weekend I finished up Megan Nielsen's Veronika skirt in one such fabric (that I purchased in Alberta in 2004) and it felt amazing to cut into it and actually MAKE something out of it. I'd been holding on to it and petting it for sooooo long, you know? (oh, I'll write up a quickie post on this skirt once it's hemmed)
It sparked something in me, and all of a sudden, it became crystal clear what I wanted to make next:
This picture makes me so happy!
- Closet Case Patterns' Morgan Jeans in a Navy cotton from my stash (wearable muslin)
- Grainline's Archer View B in a floral cotton from my stash
- Grainline's Linden Sweatshirt in a floral Art Gallery Fabric purchased at Fabrications
- Megan Nielsen's Briar in a soft green Art gallery Fabric purchased at Fabrications
I'm really stoked to get started on these, but also I'm pretty comfortable with taking my time and building my skills and confidence. It may take me the rest of the year to complete everything, but I know that every piece will be loved, and worn.