Ms Scruffy Badger recently wrote an interesting piece on her most-often-worn wardrobe items, before packing away her summer clothes.
It amuses me to think that a lady who has managed to accumulate enough sunlight to get a tan this year has performed the seasonal switchover before me, up here in the frozen north, where I can honestly remember a grand total of 5 properly hot days across the entire summer!
This weekend, I will be putting away clothes that have never actually seen the (sun)light of day...
In these circumstances, I need to concentrate harder on developing a flexible range of clothing that can be worn come hail or high water.
Self-Stitched September was such a useful exercise - it came at exactly the right time of the year to span most weather conditions. I missed it this year!
September 2012 Breakdown:
Maybe I can piece together from memory what I have worn to work for the past two weeks, just to see...
What I wore:
17 - South Riding blouse, dark denim Kelly skirt, navy cardigan
18 - Stripey Renfrew, grey Lisette Portfolio trousers, navy cardigan, spotty scarf
19 - Dotty Renfrew, Betsey Johnson flares, Betty Jean McNeil cardigan
20 - Aubergine t shirt (shop-bought), Mushroom print Ginger skirt, Audrey-in-Unst cardigan
21 - Vicar's Wife blouse, dark denim Kelly skirt, navy cardigan
24 - Robe Sureau, Percy shawl, navy cardigan
25 - Dotty Renfrew, Betsey Johnson flares, Betty Jean McNeil cardigan, simple but effective shawl
26 - Stripey Renfrew, dark denim Kelly skirt, navy cardigan, Orla Kiely for Uniqlo scarf
27 - Dark pink l-sleeve t (shop), dark denim Kelly skirt, navy cardigan, Laura Ashley for Uniqlo scarf
28 - Black polo neck sweater (shop), Heart Print Kelly skirt, Japanese pattern black jacket.
In two weeks, I have only worn four garments that I did not make myself: two long-sleeved t shirts, a black polo neck sweater and the navy cardigan of dubious ethics. I also wore a few RTW big scarves - essential neck coverage in my draughty office.
- I wore my dark denim Kelly skirt 4 times! She looks fab with a preppy blouse and cardi :)
- I wore my Renfrews twice each.
- I wore the navy cardigan six times.
- I was wonderfully warm and comfortable and felt smart in my new Robe Sureau - woo hoo!
What does this tell me?
I could definitely use more long-sleeved tops.
The absence of a black cardigan and/or simple non-polo-neck black long sleeved top or sweater in my wardrobe is just embarrassingly stoopid! Wearing my Japanese pattern jacket was a compromise - I would much prefer something less structured for everyday wear. There are things in my wardrobe I can't wear for the lack of black top layers. But having said that, I probably looked smarter in the jacket!
It is not going to be warm enough to have bare arms under any of my cardigans for at least the next 6 months, so why is my wardrobe stuffed with sleeveless tops? I won't wear them!
If I had more warm dresses, I would wear them!
If I had more "plain" skirts I would wear them!
Another pair of warm smart trousers wouldn't go wrong.
|Before the switchover, 28/09/12|
So what am I going to do?
Stick to my plan of making a mustard cord Kelly skirt and a tangerine flippy skirt: simple basics with a pop of colour.
If I also made a black skirt and a brown skirt I would officially have too many skirts... but every eventuality would be covered and it would not matter if I dropped my breakfast on my skirt one morning ;)
I need to sew a black top or cardigan, as knitting takes too long and I would be cross-eyed and cold by the time I finished.
It is time to pack away any sleeveless top that does not work as a "layering" garment.
I must make more long-sleeved tops: Renfrews? Or how about the Deer and Doe Blouse Airelle pattern I haven't ordered yet? ; )
I won't rule out the possibility of making more long-sleeved warm dresses... but it's not a high priority.
I ought to pull my finger out and rustle up another pair of Lisette Portfolio trousers using aubergine stretch wool I bought ages ago.
Is that a plan? Could be!
Hang on a minute - is that new fabric I see, Roo?
Oh... um... yes. I had a bit of a splurge over at Cousette Market (a French fabric site).
They have a seriously gorgeous selection of high-quality fabrics. Not cheap. But not extortionate either.
Robe Bleuet, but may be too thin.
The other two fabrics are also probably seasonally-inappropriate, but oh so beautiful. As long as I can keep them safe from moths, they will probably have to wait until spring.
Maybe I need to emigrate!
So what am I stitching now?
I have two sewing WIPs: my cobalt blue raincoat and my Pattern Pyramid Dress. The dress has a deadline of 8 October, so that's my first priority... but I really really want to finish knitting my September socks this weekend.
So much to do, so little time!