Revivals! This blog, the fashion of my youth, and my sad wardrobe.

I’ve decided it’s time to spark-up the old blogging engines again, and resurrect Handmakemeover. I have an overflowing stash, I was on a stash diet for so long, but recently I may have had a little binge. Or two. Maybe even three. And we won’t count what I’ve picked up from op-shops, because that’s not really fabric shopping…

I'd love to say this was all I'd bought in the last year, but that would be a lie.
I’d love to say this was all I’d bought in the last year, but that would be a lie.

But first I need to do something about the ridiculousness of my current wardrobe. I have a problem. If you follow my business blog, you might have read that one of my objectives for this year is to achieve laundry hamper zero.

At least 3 of the garments on top are actually made by me.
At least 3 of the garments on top are actually made by me.

I nearly got there actually, for a very brief moment, but I have way too many clothes. I need to get rid of A LOT of them. I need help to do this, because I am lily-livered. I’d guesstimate that I have at least one cubic metre of excess clothing. I need a plan to cull. While I’d love to just hire a stylist, right now that’s not really an option I can look at. (My ideal would be to work with a stylist who would look at my stash and say, ooh, you should make this from this, and that would look fabulous as that. Shopping for clothes is just not really my thing.)

Should I:

a) get rid of everything that doesn’t fit with my current buying principles (made-by-me, NZ-made, AU-made (most of my professional wardrobe is from Cue) or bought from an op-shop)

b) get rid of everything that is older than a certain date (but then I’d have to get rid of the awesome tops that I bought when I was in my early 20s, and if fashion predictions are right, the 90s are about to come back in a big way… Also, they’re cute. I like them…)

c) invite a bunch of friends around, pile up everything I own, and get them to go through them and do a Trinny-and-Sussanah-esque critique of it all (and get them to  remove all the “nos” from my house at the end of the session).

One things for certain: I’m going to need some help with this, so your comments will be greatly appreciated!

xx Elisabeth


4 thoughts on “Revivals! This blog, the fashion of my youth, and my sad wardrobe.”

  1. Oops, forgot to vote – c, because Kat and I did that to Nikki. Her stash is small but we paired fabric with patterns and gave her a nice sewing queue – You can do similar, but with the addition of making a “no” pile.

  2. Pretty fabrics!

    I’m not a huge fan of Trinny and Susannah type stuff because it operates on the basis of what is flattering, and in my not so humble opinion “flattering” is code for “make you look like the ideal”, and the person giving you advice might have a different ideal to you, and as far as I’m concerned you’re already ideal just the way you are. So what YOU think looks good in the mirror is what counts.

    Having said that, I adore Gok Wan and every make over he does, and love asking some of my friends for styling advice, so getting input is a great idea! Just let the final call be yours. feeling good is the best looking good.

    But, before handing yourself over to others, perhaps do some analysis? Collette is running a useful series called Wardrobe Architect, but more simply, maybe think about what you reach for every day and why, and imagine what your dream wardrobe would look like, and work backwards.

    Also, I think getting rid of things that for whatever reason (a, b, or because you just don’t like it) is awfully liberating!

    I’m working on a wardrobe overhaul this tear too, good luck! We can compare progress!

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