My sewing wardrobe is a mash-up of whims and passions. There really wasn't any planning involved. I know this because when I reorganized my closet last spring, I put all the garments that I had made in one spot. .
To my surprise, I had a good collection. And of course, I can't throw out anything I've made. I've made that mistake and lived to regret it.
However, from that mess a few gems have surfaced. If I could start all over again, and plan my sewing, as if I were planning a mini collection or a seasonal wardrobe, here is what I would keep and add:
1) One sexy knit dress: A good male friend once told me that knits are universally flattering on women of a certain age, and I have taken that advice to heart. I have a great knit dress that I pull out and wear every year. It was a snap to make and the charcoal blue color is a great neutral alternative to black.
2) One little black dress: I have black wool crepe dress that I love that was from a pattern line I helped launch. First of all, wool crepe is among the best fabrics ever. And the dropped waist on this is just darling and timeless.
3) One black 4-ply silk kimono-style jacket: I made this jacket at a sewing retreat and it is a real workhorse. The drape of 4-ply silk is like nothing else, and it goes with everything from skinny jeans to an opera outfit.
4) One pair black wool crepe pants: I have a pair that I cut from a pants pattern from a draping class at FIT. They are perfectly balanced and I can wear the wool crepe in every season, except summer.
5) To the mix I would add, one white mock wrap long sleeve T-shirt: I have this cut out but haven't made it yet. I think I will need to do that soon!
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Do you have some workhorses in your sewing wardrobe? I would love to know!
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