More on Gillian’s Top 5 for 2013, but this time I thought I would wrap up these last three in one lazy post! I have updated my progress on last year’s goals and surprisingly I didn’t do too badly overall.
I have been doing some thinking about 2014 and what I need in my wardrobe, what I would like to wear and what makes me happy.
1 – Personal Style
After years of wearing corporate clothing, I am only now (after 18 months) really getting a feel for what I like to wear, what makes me happy and what is my personal style. I used to wear black every day, usually a pant suit with some sort of shirt. Turns out, I love colour and this year I really want to focus on my own colour palatte. Preliminary investigations show that I want to dress like a cupcake!
I love dresses, swirly skirts and girly clothes and the shorter my hair gets, the girlier my clothes are getting! I am going to embrace this more and declare 2014 the Year of the Girly Girl!
2 – Wardrobe Requirements
I have a number of different aspects to my life and therefore a number of different wardrobe requirements:
– I work full time in a professional job and need some “nice, respectable” clothes for client visits. But, these are so infrequent I really only need a couple of decent dresses
– I spend a lot of time in an ice rink, I am an International Figure Skating Judge and therefore need super warm clothes for sitting & judging
– I live in a sub-tropical climate, which pretty much means I need the opposite to the previous point!
– I mostly work from home so I can wear what I like
I realise now it is almost impossible for these clothes to be interchangeable between my various activities, so I won’t even try! I need to assess what I have, what I need, and what I’d like to wear but don’t have.
3 – Patterns
I have a lot of patterns, and upon going through them, I am really not sure I need any more. I have loads and loads of dress patterns. Rather than accumulating more, I want to focus on the ones I like and that suit my body shape and as I learn more about what suits, get rid of the ones that don’t suit. No point hanging onto those patterns that look terrible on me – move onwards and upwards. I will look into selling the excess via Etsy shortly
4 – My stash
I also have a lot of fabric, and I realise there is little point collecting it, I need to use it! Not much good just sitting around in piles, and much easier to admire if I can wear it! I plan to go through it all in a somewhat ruthless way and cull out the fabric I won’t use. I will then organise the rest – more on this in a later post. More importantly I am going to use the stash to make beautiful things (I hope!)
5 – Enjoyment
I love the fantastic people I have met through sewing, my own blog and other blogs, Twitter and Instagram, both in real life and online. Everyone is supportive, friendly and sharing – it is a great network to be part of and I plan to stick around and meet even more of you!
To echo Lizzy’s sentiments, I will celebrate me for what I am and find that balance. As always, I plan to make what is fun and enjoyable, after all…