So I finally got around to purging my closet the other day. It’s been gnawing at the back of my mind for a few months, mostly… well, because I’ve expanded slightly, and things that should be wearable, aren’t. It felt good to sort through everything and make some decisions. Ruthless decisions, I might add. Garments were sorted into “doesn’t-fit-and-I don’t-care” for giving away; “doesn’t-fit-but-it-may-before-I-die-so-I’ll-keep-it-because-I-really-like-it”; and “alterations required”.
This is my “keep” pile.I confess to never wearing two of the three silk blouses in this pile. But I like them, and maybe they’ll be wanted someday. Most of what’s in this pile has been blogged in the previous couple of years. But it doesn’t fit either my lifestyle or me these days, so it’s going into storage. I just can’t part with garments that I’m proud of from a construction point of view. Perhaps they’ll be used again in future….
This is the “alteration” pile. Only six garments made it into this lot.
I can’t part with Liberty fabrics, so I’ll be changing up the ‘Bea’ dress on the left. It’s got about 2 yards of fabric in the skirt, so I’m sure to remake it into something useful. The ‘Hurren’ dress still fits, surprisingly. I didn’t wear this at all last year, but, again, it’s Liberty, and I just can’t bear to part with it! I’ll probably shorten it by 3 inches and change up the sash/belt. The batik dress… I’m so in love with the fabric that I must find a way to use it again, albeit a small amount (about 1 yard total). And on the right is the McCardell dress. I intend to remake the skirt, which has about 2 yards of fabric in it, again. The dirndl look isn’t flattering anymore. And two silk blouses that need a remake or slight tweaking. Again, it’s the fabric that’s calling to me….
I sent one very large bag out of the house with no regrets. I’m strangely exuberant about all this sorting. The doesn’t-fit collection has been making me miserable for a long time, knowing the garments don’t suit lifestyle or me right now, and it feels good to get them out of sight (and mind) and open up some space for new garments. It also gives me ‘permission’ of a sort to add to my wardrobe, something with which I struggle, since I really am trying to be driven by necessity for the most part, not want, in my effort to be economically and (I like to think) globally mindful…. in my own small way.
Don’t get me wrong! I love to dress up and “feel oh, so pretty”, but seriously…. there’s not a place to go. It brings to mind a series of billboards from about a decade ago here in my local city, for one of the larger malls. They consisted of a young mom all dolled up perfectly in pretty dresses, makeup and stilettos, cleaning a toilet, crawling on the floor after a toddler and changing the oil in her car. As much as I’d like to dress like the ladies who lunch all day, it’s completely impractical and unnecessary for my lifestyle. It’s taken a long time to let go of wanting to dress up all the time. I have always been the overdressed person at “______________” (pick a function), because I like dressing up. And I confess to finding some kinds of materialistic excess pretty and attractive (who doesn’t like a shoe collection? the latest makeup look? another bag?) but very irresponsible, and, (finally) quite unnecessary. I don’t need a new wardrobe every season. I love to build clothes that will last, not wear out or be dated in 5 years. But this means collecting if I’m going to keep sewing, and my conscience bugs me about what it calls ‘hoarding’ sometimes.
So…. all that to say, I’m happy with the holes in my wardrobe! Between my rather empty closet and Me-Made-May ’15, I’d say there’s plenty of incentive to shop my stash and get sewing me-mades that fit both me and my life.