Hello from the country! I have now moved into my cosy cottage and have broadband (it felt like an eternity without it, I’m telling you!). From now I am back to being able to respond to comments more quickly….and blogging more frequently again. Hurrah! But I am keen to remember how I made do with just a limited wardrobe – an enforced capsule wardrobe as it were…whilst I was waiting for my house purchase to come through and living with my sons in their spare room. (What a lovely time that was too!)
So as I write from my new abode I can report that my sewing room is just about operational if still a lot to do in it. The sewing room/ office is understandably the penultimate room to order as it became THE dumping ground for everything (by virtue of it being such a small house) PLUS I had so much sewing related *stuff* that belongs here too. Bit by bit the clutter in this room is thinning down, shelves are being populated, most of the boxes are being unpacked. I am now waiting for some shelves to become fixed to the wall before I can unpack the last boxes & establish more rationale to where I put things. But the good news? The sewing machines came out yesterday for a spell of boxer short making. Being reunited with my overlocker was supreme. I sew boxer shorts with french seams on the whole, but boy did I love the first bit of edge finishing along the fly front a la serger.
This is what my sewing table looks like *right now*. The time of year means you can’t see the view over the garden, the time of evening means that the neighbours have not yet turned their garden Christmas lights on yet. You can still see the clustering of *importantpapers* yet to be dealt with & most certainly not to get lost in the ongoing sorting through of everything,
Incidentally the final room to organise & plan furniture placement is the dining room/ hall since I do not have furniture, and all of the other rooms need a proper going through to rationalise where I stuffed things. I have some proper fun coming in the sales to buy dining furniture and lounge furniture too. Excellent!
Anyway, that was my update from the country. I thought it would be interesting to do a kind of spin on ‘Me Made May’ showing that I survived 16 weeks with a limited wardrobe that was:
- Minimum iron & easy care, non hanging
- Suitable for work and leisure
- As mixable as possible to optimise outfit options.
Now sorry to disappoint you if you are expecting to see photos of outfits in use, I can’t / haven’t done that, but next best thing, here are the clothes I packed & wore. I also had PJs (homemade) and a big baggy grey jumper I bought as well as a massive hoodie I bought from a charity shop to cosy up in during the chillier evenings. And it’s hard to remember but I moved out at the end of September during a heatwave! I did pack a couple of short sleeve t-shirts that I didn’t wear once autumn hit us very soon after, so haven’t bothered to record them here.
Onto the clothes then with a report on their impact.
It is safe to say that my teal Moneta dress was worn weekly as a work staple- comfy, stylish, easy to care for, no iron. Perfect for the time of year also.
My Dolores floral dress was most definitely working at home / cosy weekend wear with tights & my purple cardigan below.
Both of these – my Jenna cardigan and my Oslo cardigan were real wardrobe workhorses & were combined with everything – the two different styles meant that if a cropped fitted cardigan wasn’t quite right, then you can bet the longer length Oslo would do the trick- even with my Hudson pants!
Two of the skirts I had at my disposal were made during my stay so I started by packing just a skirt for work – the Champagne skirt. My autumn floral pencil skirt was one of those skirts that was brilliant for work and for feeling a little more together on days off work. It looked great with a neutral top or even my black tops (both the fleece Renfrew and the plain black batwing top I haven’t photographed here). And the Lindy Petal skirt was just a working at home godsend – what a treat to wear something so comfy that looked way better than it should have for the comfort it offers
I lived in my Ginger jeans– honestly they were my easy choice – obviously not for work, but any other time I should say they were the single item of clothing I wore the most. Brilliant worn with a jumper, with any of the tops below & when I had made my Bellatrix blazer, what an outfit for gig going!
I haven’t blogged about my polka dot leggings but they are quite a good mixer with my Lindy petal skirt for example. Kept me feeling warm & casual.
And my custom block houndstooth trousers even if the fit is not quite there yet & is more ‘vintage 40s’ than I ultimately want, were a great work basic for autumn worn with a plain long sleeved tshirt & a colourful scarf knotted at my neck
When ironing is not going to happen, what can be better than an array of knit tops? I have to say I wore all of these on a regular rotation- aiming for a weekly wash meant that I needed a good 7+ tops and they were all pretty interchangeable with most of my other clothes:
Black fleece Renfrew (really worn a lot as it was like a jumper
Sew Over it Pussy Bow blouse – mainly worn with my champagne skirt as a work outfit
Dolores stripe top– nothing as staple as a striped top! Looks so great with jeans or my denimlook Lindy skirt.
Coco Breton top– as above, there is no other top I would claim as my best ever top than this Breton top- even when I have other choices, this is my go to weekend/ holiday top all year round.
Carey top– a new top, made ‘camping sewing’ and also so good as a slouchy top – with the added bonus that it is a cute ditsy floral.
Bronte top– a good mixer, I tended to wear it with my autumn floral pencil skirt.
I made this Bellatrix blazer whilst ‘camping sewing’ as well. Not a perfect fit but as mentioned above, something for those rock chick days….
Not shown but worn lots:
Anise jacket, Arctic Hudson pants , black batwing top and a royal blue Agnes top not yet blogged about . I also took a few running things but did not run that much, once the marathon was over, as I was in recovery & work had amped up & was sucking all of my energy.
That’s it for now….back soon & have a good one