Have you ever noticed that the more you nit-pick, the less you get done? I’ve learned a few things from my muslins–mostly that sewing muslins doesn’t put clothes in the closet.
And right now, I *need* new clothes! I’m still doing Project 333–I think it has been a full year since I first began. I’m seeing more and more blog posts and videos about it. Many are calling it a “minimalist” wardrobe, which I suppose it is. I never thought of it that way because “minimalism” always seemed synonymous with “deprived” to me.
Funny I don’t feel deprived at all with very few items in my closet.
It feels just right.
As usual at the beginning of a 3-month period, I’ve come up short. I think I counted 20 items in my closet, necessitating a visit to winter’s storage box to get me by for a week or two.
Sewing was at a standstill as I had disposed of most of my fabric, and felt mostly uninspired when I perused the on-line offerings. We won’t even talk about what’s available locally.
Last week Craftsy came to my rescue! I usually don’t think fabric when I think Craftsy, but they happened to send me an advertisement for some kits on clearance. When I was looking through them, I kept thinking “I like that fabric, but that pattern doesn’t suit me.” Or worse, “I like that, but they are sold out of my size.”
Duh. You don’t have to *use* their pattern. Looking through the selection with new eyes, I found 5 nice fabrics in colors and fibers that suit me!
The one they were selling as “Gilded Garden Day Dress” found new life as a skirt. I sewed this one from OOP Simplicity 3796, which I had previously only used for its cargo pockets.
I doubt I’ll sew it again–that little ruffly drawstring might not be me. But it’s a wearable skirt and it matches three tops in my spring wardrobe!
The other Craftsy fabrics, cottons and linens, will be pants or cropped pants. I’ll reach back for my old OOP McCall’s 6082 for at least one of those. Four or five years ago I made two dandy pairs of capris with that pattern, and I only threw out the denim one last year.
If there’s enough fabric for another skirt, it will be Kwik Sew 3287. I made that one back in 2008 and wore it out!
That’s enough bottoms for spring, I think. I’m still wearing last year’s batch of Old Navy tees on top, though I’m kind of tired of them. Once I get some new bottoms done, I may think about some different tops to round out my capsule.