Heading into summer, I’m determined to make my wardrobe bolder, stranger, and and more badass! My teenage years were defined by trying desperately to “fit in” at school, then my twenties were all about developing a professional wardrobe… in my early 30’s I started sewing and revelled in making a wearable comfy wardrobe. Now that I’m heading into my late 30’s (36 in June, baby!), I feel ready to stand out from the crowd sometimes. What’s the point of sewing if you don’t sew your dream wardrobe?
(Ok, so it helps that I finally have a permanent job in the city, and won’t shock people so much with my sartorial choices!)
Here are some of my favourite “dressing out loud” creations from the last year or two:
Left: Groove Dress in a bold print. Right: Tribute Month dress inspired by Oonabaloona!
Left: Sallie jumpsuit. Right: Cocoon dress in large-scale floral.
In solid colours, there are these boxy styles that also play with texture:
Left: Textured Velvet Ebony. Centre: Silk Noile Ultraviolet tee. Left: Trinbute Month Suki kimono in iridescent woven.
Honourable mentions that I haven’t quite figured out how to work into my wardrobe:
Left: Wax print maxi. Right: Winslow culottes.
On the flip side, I sew a lot of clothes that make me feel pretty in a conventional way, like my Comino Cap dresses, Santa Fe tops, drapey cardigans, and maxi-dresses.
I will always love sewing and wearing those clothes… but I also enjoy clothing that makes me feel powerful and unique. For me, that usually means a boxy cut, drape and volume… or really giant prints that turn any pattern into the avant garde!
With that in mind, I’ve got some ideas for future projects:
- colour-blocked dresses like the three on the left, which are from Gorman and Tata Naka
- drapey knits like the Tilton Tee (I’ve already bought the pattern) and this Simplicity cocoon dress
- a really bold large-scale geometric-print Suki Kimoni jacket
- another Closet Case Pattern Sallie Jumpsuit
- and to be practical, some basic black/grey/white tees to mix with my culottes and wax print maxi!
Are your tastes getting wilder with time, or do you aim for elevated classics?