DIY, sewing, Thrifting, Wardrobe

Analyzing The Classic Wardrobe One Piece At A Time In 2020

I’ve always wanted my blog to inspire and empower all readers (sewers and non-sewers alike) to dress more stylishly.

In order for this goal to be realized, it’s clear to me that this blog’s content can no longer be limited to just my outfit posts and sewing pattern reviews. To that end, I’ll be shifting the focus a bit, and working to add fresh content type over the course of the year.

I am super excited to announce a new blog series launch 😁. It will be all about deconstructing the classic wardrobe, piece by piece.

Each week, I will publish a blog post featuring a different wardrobe piece. I’ll talk a little bit about the piece’s history, and offer tips on how the piece can be styled and worn by different body shapes.

It’s my hope that the information shared here will enlighten and encourage you to try a new look in 2020.

A Few Other Changes In 2020

Up until this point, the majority of the pieces that I’ve featured on the blog were either made by me or purchased second hand. This won’t be changing in 2020.

Along with my usual DIY and second hand pieces, I’ll also be posting more of the pieces that I’ve purchased from a couple of my favorite local vendors.

Knowing that I need to stretch myself creatively and learn to be more resourceful, I don’t plan on buying myself any more fabric, sewing patterns, purses, shoes, or RTW pieces in 2020.

Final Thoughts

To lay the groundwork for my new blog series, I will soon be posting a guide that will explain the body shapes referenced in future posts.

If there’s anything in particular that you would like to see here on the blog, please let me know by either dropping a line below, or by submitting a message via my contact form.

Thanks so much for dropping by.πŸ€—

Angie H.

sewing, Thrifting, Wardrobe

Revisiting My 2017 Wardrobe Goals Checklist

Hey Guys,

Where has this year gone? I can’t believe that 2020 is right around the corner. Are you ready for it? I know I am!☺

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Over the past few months I’ve been working on a project that I hope will add real value to the blog. I will be sharing more details with you guys in the coming weeks.

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Back in 2017 I created this checklist for myself to use when deciding which pieces to remove from and add to my wardrobe.

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Today I am re-visiting my checklist. I’m going to review it against a few of the pieces that I added to my wardrobe in 2019 to see how I am doing.

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Most Worn Pieces of 2019

This was a very good year as far as sewing goes. Just about every thing that I made and featured here on the blog was worn again with the exception of a couple of dresses and my white two piece outfit.

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Below are my most worn pieces. I especially love these first two dresses. I have worn each one of them on multiple occasions.

McCalls 6886 in Mohair

Meghan Markle Inspired – Vogue 9292

The forest green halter maxi shown below is one of my second-hand purchases. I purchased it new with the tags. I love wearing it because it’s comfortable and super easy to wear.

Reversible Green Halter Maxi from Goodwill

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I wear this comfy fleece lined maxi cardigan duster all the time as a house coat/ robe.

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Butterick 5211 – Fleece Lined Maxi Cardigan

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Least Successful Pieces Of 2019

Not Easy – The blue and white infinity maxi dress was my least successful purchase. While it’s definitely flexible when it comes to styling, it’s not so easy to wear if you like wearing a braπŸ˜‚. Even though it only missed in this one area, that’s a crucial area for me.

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Essentially this is a full skirt with two long straps that wrap and tie to form the dress bodice. I hated how I felt wearing this. I just didn’t feel confident or secure. For this reason I ended up re donating this piece right after the photo shoot.

Infinity Maxi purchased from Goodwill

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Doesn’t Fit My Personality – The next piece is this animal print midi. Strangely I only like cheetah or leopard print in small doses. Anything more than a pair of heels, a scarf or a clutch purse is overwhelming to me.

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Not flattering – My least successful sewn piece was actually never featured on the blog. It was only placed in my IG feed.

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It’s this unfinished short sleeve raglan coat made up in a gorgeous bright golden yellow boiled wool.

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For me, this piece is a real styling challenge because I realized after trying it on that the fabric and color are the only things that I love about this coat. I don’t really like the style on me, but because I love the fabric and color so much I will figure something out.

WIP

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What about you? Do you have a personal checklist that you use as a guide when making decisions about your wardrobe? If so, what are your requirements?

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