My 5 Sewing Wardrobe Essentials

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. .

This knit dress is a real
wardrobe workhorse.

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!

Happy sewing!

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Amber Eden is the editor of Stitch and She LOVES sewing and editing Stitch and She also loves dance, yoga, iced decaf triple espressos, and her two golden retrievers. She divides her time between Boston and New York.

4 thoughts on “My 5 Sewing Wardrobe Essentials

  1. I would add to the “must-have” workhorse list a Chanel-look jacket for spring, when it’s not yet warm enough to go without a wrap. Also, a collection of pashmina’s!

  2. You mention wool crepe pants. I have been researching what fabric to use for my “go to” office pants that won’t look as if I slept in them within an hour of dressing. I read that worsted wool would be the best for wrinkle resistance and all-season wear. Is wool crepe better. I cannot STAND all the “crotch level” wrinkles in my trousers. I have been using cotton/poly/spandex bottom weight. The wrinkling is horrible. I am also working on having a couple tunic length “sweatshirt” fabric tops that can work with skinnies and boots for a concert, but look equally good at the office. I love to iron, but I want to look fresh all day, so seem to find knit tops fit the bill.

  3. I forgot to add the knit “pencil” skirts. They can be rolled at the waist to wear over tights with a tunic, or at the knee with colored nylons and a blazer, or or or. They’re wonderful. I have a brown one, a black one, and a faux lace one in denim blue and gray.