Sewing My Own Clothes, a Capsule Wardrobe Experiment

I have been on a journey lately that I honestly thought that I never would be on. I have seen YouTube videos on minimalism, heard how AMAZING the Life Changing Magic Tidying Up is, and listened to friends rave all about how their life is so much more amazing now that they threw away all of their things but I honestly thought it was a load of crap, and part of me still does really, but I am coming around just the tiniest little bit. I am by no means a minimalist, and never intend to be, but I have been making a conscious effort to be much more intentional and frankly conscious about what I am allowing into my life and my home.

For me this journey started with letting go of certain people and relationships and removing a lot of the negativity in my life that way. This felt slightly isolating at first, I will admit, and at times it can still be hard but I think it is the best thing that I have ever done for my own health.

The next step was cleaning out my email. I spent a good two hours one day unsubscribing from over two hundred different company email lists and my goodness was that freeing! It has proved to be an amazing way to start saving money as well. It is a lot less tempting to shop when I am not getting twenty emails a day about sales and promotions from a wide range of companies selling things that I really did not, and do not, need.

Then I decided to do something really crazy, simplify my clothes and start a capsule wardrobe. Capsule wardrobes are very trendy, I know, and I hate myself a little bit for that, but if simplifying the rest of my life really was improving the other aspects of my life I thought I could at least give the capsule wardrobe a try in a way that was easily reversible and if I hated it then I would just quit. I wasn’t trying to “challenge” myself or “retrain” myself, I was honestly just trying to find a way to sleep in for another ten to twenty minutes each morning. 

And guess what? I’m actually enjoying it… It isn’t as easy I thought it would be and it has been a real learning experience but it has been kind of fun too. One of the biggest challenges to my capsule wardrobe has been finding just the right pieces to fit into my capsule wardrobe. I had quite a few pieces in my pre-existing wardrobe to make the capsule but I quickly realized there were a few pieces that I wanted to “round it out” and make it even more useful and versatile to me but instead of going out and buying them I decided to make them. Another Challenge!

This grand new idea of making my own clothes really came from two different areas in my mind. The first was obviously my love of sewing but the second was little less personal and a little more ethical. It was my desire to be a better person, a better feminist, and a better consumer by avoiding purchasing items made in the fast fashion industry that really brought me to want to start making my own clothes. I have been learning more and more about the drawbacks of the fast fashion industry and how it effects not only me and the entire world and I really wanted to see if I could take myself out of the fast fashion equation. I may share more about that in a future post but there are many great documentaries out there about the Fast Fashion industry if you are interested so I will digress for now. 

So, long story short, for the month of April I will be sharing two posts a week about my journey sewing my own clothing and my Capsule Wardrobe Experiment (CWE). I have worked out a rough schedule for the month and will update it with links when new posts go live but I reserve the right to make changes to the schedule at any time as the month goes on.

Capsule Wardrobe Experiment Posts

3/27/17 – Sewing My Own Clothes, a Capsule Wardrobe Experiment

3/31/17 – CWE: The basic knit dress (+ pattern review)

4/03/17 – CWE: A plethora of Lane Raglans (+pattern review)

4/07/17 – CWE: The Fast Fashion Debate, the pros and cons

4/10/17 – CWE: Sewing Tips and Pattern Designers for the Heavily Busted

4/17/17 – CWE: Sewing with Wovens is so much Harder than Sewing with Knits ( + Pattern Review)

I hope you will join me in this new journey!

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