Wardrobe Architect Week Three: Exploring shapes

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IMG_8715Wardrobe Architect Week Three! Thinking hard about what words my style encompasses was quite enlightening; since then I’ve been kicking myself that I didn’t think of the word ‘kooky’. I know, I worry too much. Anyway I am excited to be looking at real clothing shapes ¬†rather than more abstract ideas. This is where the fun starts ūüėČ This week is all about filling in tables with preferences for different styles (I’m sorry it’s so small, I can’t seem to make it any bigger).Screen Shot 2015-05-13 at 22.10.03

So some styles that I rate really highly on here are knee length or slightly shorter skirts, both full and pencil. I love a dropped waist, but sadly I’m not an art deco starlet and they make me look hideous, so I rated that very low. Another thing I’ve realised is that calf length skirts look really frumpy on me. I always imagine I’ll look like a stylish ’50s housewife, but I actually look like a child wearing an older sibling’s hand-me-downs. My swirl skirt and my red velvet dress are both waiting for some hem reduction to knee level now that I’ve realised this. Same goes for trousers – I can go for normal long trousers or proper shorts, but the middle ground is a no-go area unless I want to look like a boy scout.

Screen Shot 2015-05-13 at 22.07.20This last part about the necklines and sleeves is all about balance for me. I’ve rated necklines that add bulk fairly low – I’m small and therefore don’t pull off big bulky turtlenecks. Sleeveless is my least favourite type of sleeve – although I do wear it sometimes I prefer to add a cap sleeve or a kimono sleeve to balance out my larger hips.

So there you go. I thought of creating some graphs or something for this post, but I ¬†don’t think there are any particularly interesting trends to reveal from the ratings, so I will just keep this post short and sweet. Next week is all about creating sillhouettes, are you excited?

I know what you’re thinking, where are all the pretty pictures?? Well, tables of data didn’t lend themselves to the prettiest post ever, but I finished my Mathilde blouse on the weekend, so I promise to provide you with a picture-filled post soon!

Cute Lambs, Sewing Withdrawal and Me Made May

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I am lucky enough to be dating a man whose uncles own a sheep farm in Wales, so I spent my bank holiday with some extremely cute lambs :) A few of them have been separated out from the herd for one reason or another, so they need bottle-feeding 3-4 times a day and needless to say I was a pretty willing volunteer. There were also a few tottering calves and lots of mums-to-be milling around, all watched over by the eagle-eyed sheep dogs. I love taking my camera round the farm, there are so many opportunities for interesting pictures.

When I wasn’t busy with the lambs¬†I had a few¬†welding lessons – to get the whole farm experience! Turns out I’m pretty handy with the ol’ welding if I do say so myself.¬†All in all, not the best weekend to start wearing all my precious me-made clothes really. But I made a pledge and I certainly wasn’t going to fail in the first week, so I wore the ones that wash well and could be covered up by a huge coat to save them from the mud. Perhaps this is a wardrobe hole I need to consider – homemade clothes I dislike enough I’m happy to let a lamb dribble milk all over them… Anyway, here’s what I’ve been wearing so far!

I had a great time on the farm, but during the lulls I was really itching to get back to my sewing machine! Do any of you get withdrawal symptoms from sewing? I knew I had the makings of a cream Mathilde blouse sitting on my sewing bench and I desperately wanted to start it! Perhaps I need to take a trailer full of sewing supplies with me wherever I go so I can get my fix. Like a lot of bloggers out there, sewing is my therapy, so I get really frustrated when I can’t pick it up.

Well I’m back now and I’ve just cut out all my pieces so I’m ready to go. Still can’t decide if I should put sleeves on it yet though, what do you think? I love the Mathilde sleeves, but I’m planning to gather the front instead of pin-tucks, so I think the sleeves as well might make it a bit billowy. I reckon I’ll make it and try it on without sleeves and see how it looks. Got plenty of fabric, so maybe I can try both.

How are your Me Made Mays going? Finding any wardrobe holes yet?

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Wardrobe Architect Week Two: Defining Your Core Style

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Wardrobe Architect Week Two – coming up with feelings, words and images is challenging – I’m looking forward to when I can just list some clothes I like the look of ūüėČ Have any of you guys tried the 2014 Wardrobe Architect challenges? How did you find them? Anyway, here goes!
When you are wearing your favorite clothing, how do you feel (e.g. confident, sexy, poised, powerful, etc)?
I would say confident and comfortable. Obviously some clothes make me feel sexy, poised etc, but not all of the clothes I like, however all of my favourite clothes make me feel confident and in control.
When you’re wearing something that is not quite right, how do you feel?
I feel self-conscious in clothes that aren’t quite right. I worry that things are riding up or it’s not sitting right or I look frumpy. I guess a lot of clothes also make me feel unremarkable, like I blend into the background.
What are the feelings you want to avoid about the clothes you wear?
I want to avoid feeling uncomfortable – both in my clothes and in my own skin – and I want to avoid boredom with my clothes.
Who do you consider to be your style icons?
This is a really hard one. I like some people’s clothes, but I can’t think of any one person I think of as a style icon. I turned to Buzzfeed to help me out and it came up with Michelle Obama… Granted, she has quite good fashion taste, but I don’t think it really reflects my own! I don’t know guys, I just like what I like! Am I the only one who can’t come up with any style icons?
To take the question a bit more loosely, I like fashions from lots of eras and cultures – 1950s skirts, Victorian blouses, Grecian dresses, Japanese kimonos.
What is it about them that appeals to you?
I like a lot of clothes that have a fitted element to show off your curves, but without the whole outfit being tight fitting. So a dress cinched in at the waist, a pencil skirt with a looser blouse or a t-shirt tucked into a fuller skirt. I also love pretty much anything with buttons. I rarely wear a monochrome outfit – there’s always at least one element of colour.
What are some words that describe styles that you like in theory, but are not quite you?
Clean, plain, tomboy, hippie, classic, flapper.
Look over your answers from last week on history, philosophy, culture, community, activities, location, and body. List at least 15 words that you associate with your answers. Think about descriptive words, moods, and feelings you associate with these things:
Natural, bright, quirky, fun, feminine, unique, vintage, bohemian, organic, confident, dreamy, layered, bold, floaty, sensitive, culture, balance, textured, fusion.
Look over the answers to all of the questions above. If you had to narrow your list to only 3-5 words to describe you, which words would you choose?
Bold, natural, fun, bohemian, dreamy.
VISUAL EXERCISE Collect 15-20 images that represent these 3-5 words for you. You could create a pinterest board, a folder on your computer, a moodboard, or a collage. Be creative and have fun!
I created a gallery on Pinterest and you can see¬†some highlights below or click through to see te whole lot.¬†Collecting images was definitely the best part of this week’s challenge – I never used to use Pinterest that much, but it’s so much fun!

 

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