Wednesday, 7 November 2012

Wardrobe musings

Still trying to come to terms with wearing uniform and came up with another positive: I will be able to drastically clean out my closet. I guess most of us have clothes that we don’t really like but wear anyway on the days when the dirty laundry is piling up. I quick survey of my wardrobe revealed that about half of what I have falls into this category. Clothes that are perfectly fine, but don’t fit as well as they should or have a colour that isn’t exactly right. My wardrobe space is rather limited and at the moment it is pretty crammed, so a clean out would be very welcome. I know I have sweaters, cardigans, dresses and shoes that I don’t really care for.
Lauren Bacall, 1945

So, what to leave? My favourites, of course. My 40’s wardrobe project, which I hope will be a little more visible if I get rid of my so-so clothes. I suspect that there will be a few holes visible as well, especially in the departments of leisure wear and outdoor clothes. As it is now I try to change when I get home from work, but as often as not I don’t bother. When I start wearing uniform at work I really have to. Cotton housedresses are really nice wear at home, I have already noticed that, but I would need one of two additional ones. Paired with thicker stockings and a warm cardigan that ought to work for winter as well.

I have tried to organize my sewing projects-list as well. I divided it into four lists; 40’s clothes, vintage clothes from other eras, 18th century clothes and one for other historical eras. I then assigned a letter to ever project. A for projects that needs to be finished ASAP. B for projects I have started and C for projects that I have planned. For example, my 40’s wardrobe has an A on the raincoat and black wool dress. They are clothes for the Autumn/Winter wardrobe and they are very near completion. All the other clothes for Autumn/Winter this year has a B and Spring/Summer clothes got C. Even clothes that I have started actually, as they are for the next season. I did this with all four lists and then I made a fifth one contains all the A’s. Then I divided that list into A, B, C. A there is my Victorian circus costume for Fraulein Frauke that needs to be finished by the 24th. B is my raincoat and then all the rest got C. When the Victorian costume is done, the raincoat will get A and something else B. I’m not sure that this will work for me as I have just started it, but it really feels that I have got a much better overview and it’s easy to see what I need to focus on.

And yes, I did use an app for it, but I am sure it works just as well with the pen and paper version.

I have bought a few clothes these autumn, staple items that I know I will have use for later. A green cardigan and sweater combo in lamb’s wool. And a few clothes from a company called Emmy Design that Elsa brought to my attention. I can really recommend them! It’s not reproduction clothes, but the style is definitely 40’s and 50’s for most of the design and the quality seems to be high. I bought a swing skirt in both brown and black and they are excellent everyday skirts. Perfect for a late 40’s or 50’s look.

I also bought this knitted dress, which was a bit nervous, knits tend to cling just where you don’t want it.

But the fit is great and it’s so comfortable, despite being 70% wool it isn’t the least bit itchy, even if you do need a slip underneath. I bought it in ruby red and I’m very tempted in the black version too. And I think I need the knitted cardigan to match!

9 comments:

snippa said...

Wow, super organised!
Good luck, keep us posted.

Kristina said...

Det är skönt när man får ett sånt där rensa och röja ryck. Det för alltid med sig ny energi och man blir mer fokuserad på just de saker man vill i framtiden. Planen låter bra. Och den där röda klänningen ser verkligen superskön ut. Frestad. Väldigt frestad...

Erika said...

Härligt med garderobdrensningar! Ibland kan det verkligen bli svårt att se det man faktiskt kan använda, för det hänger så mycket i vägen...

Verkar som ett vettigt sätt att hålla koll på sömnaden! Blir spännande att se hur det utvecklas =)

Lil said...

You are so organised! I think I may have to copy your technique and label my projects A,B, and C, because I end up with projects I have started which never seem to get finished. I prefer summer vintage clothes rather than the Winter ones, so I think I shall start with next seasons wardrobe.
Love Lil x
www.littleliloflondon.blogspot.com

Isis said...

snippa: Well, not that organized, really. I hope to be, though! :)

Kristina: Ja, det ska bli skönt. Har börjat så smått när jag lägger in ren tvätt, men så behöver jag rensa det som aldrig används också...

Erika: Precis! Ja, det känns som en bra struktur. Problemet är att jag hitar "nya" glömda projekt hela tiden...

Isis said...

Lil: Oh, please use it- I am sure it's a method many have used already. I think it gives a very good overview.

LucyLovesYa said...

I really like the jersey dress! It suits you. Must get that app... Do you recommend it? x

Isis said...

LucyLoveYa: Thank you, but it's not me on the pictures- I borrowed the pictures from the website.

Yes, I think it's a very functional app. I got the free version which is good enough for my needs. :)

Dj Mordia said...

Lovely collection of stylish clothes..! Awesome!!

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