- Buy only ONE pattern per month.
- Reduce pattern stash by 100.
- Get a REAL wardrobe. Based on Tim Gunn's 10 essentials.
- Get rid of 1/2 of my fabric stash, sewing or otherwise.
I have mostly been sticking to my goals. The purchase of one pattern per month was/is unlikely but I have been destashing patterns on a roll! I purged/recycled 13 additional patterns in March so I am well on my way to the 100 goal. The thing is I have made a few purchases & have MORE ON MY wish list. Chalk that up to Vogue patterns.... I should surpass 100 at my rate of purging but we shall see of course!
Fabric.com is not my friend by having all those great sales & the free shipping over $35 is bad news! I have been mostly avoiding Joann's this year, so I while I have ordered a few yards here & there I should be good with not over buying fabric this year. I am feeling confident that a majority of my stash will be used/purged this year.
PR weekend in Philly is coming up & I want to drive up for the Saturday but I'm still undecided, and need to make sure I can be disciplined. I really just wanna meet & hug Carolyn (doesnt everyone?)
As far as the Tim Gunn essentials, I am on task. My main objective is to adopt the "look cute everyday" attitude, or at least look pulled together on a daily basis. I really need to go through my closet, but i am afraid! Like need a Xanax afraid!!!
- Basic Black Dress - many options for this I am going to make it for sure, unless I find a knockout dress. On the radar is Vogue 1150 OR Vogue 8593 (below) because I recently got the fabric for it.
Trench Coat- I found two great trenches this season! A Tan raincoat from Target and a cotton Peacoat style in Royal Blue from Kohl's. I am still on the prowl for a vintage London Fog to complete the collection. Dress Pants- these are a dime a dozen for me since I can whip up a basic pair in an evening. I have a good range of colors as well, all I need is a khaki pair.
- Classic Shirt - this will have to be an investment piece. My husband manages to keep his workshirts looking nice for a long time, I think it's because he wears an undershirt. My white shirts of choice have been from Banana Republic but they end up ragged after a while. I think putting them in the dryer, as well as not wearing a deodorant shield is killing them. On the radar: a ruffly WhiteHouse Black Market blouse & a classic cut J Crew blouse (on sale!!)
Jeans- just replaced my ooooooold Old Navy Jeans with 2 pair of classic black & super dark denim Levi's 515s. These should last for a good while. Any Occasion Top- I have plenty of tops that can take me from work to weekend and more will be churned out of my fabric stash in the months to come. Skirt- I am not so into skirts anymore. I dont think they flatter because my waist is wide & I feel uncomfortable & fussy in them. I will put this on the back burner until I come across a MUST HAVE. Day Dress- a dime per dozen from the sewing room. I still have some fave recent & past sewn dresses in the closet I know for sure. So this is covered. Jacket- work jackets/blazers are covered, I have the basics and I always find cool ones while thrifting..
- Sweatsuit Alternative - I am not a sweatsuit/tennis shoe kinda person so I think kewl knit dresses, easy knit pants and stylish knit tops/tees are the way to go here - kinda of a Max Studio vibe (fave looks posted below). I'm not into yoga pants so they'll most likely be something like McCall's 5889 or my fave that nobody else in the world but me likes (lmao!!!) 5858 that I can wear with
flip flops, sandals.