And I was having too many days where I couldn't "find anything to wear". That's crazytalk.
I did a bunch of research and liked the seasonal approach of both Project 333 and the 37 piece capsule wardrobe at Un-Fancy and also read up on the Maria Kondo method and Wardrobe Architect.
The first step of all of these is to take EVERYTHING out of your closet(s). So I did. I broke a sweat y'all!
(after sort #1 of the other closet, main closet is sitting in a pile over there)
About 40% of the stuff that was in the garage that was in good enough condition to sell. Yes, there's stuff with tags on it. Sigh.
All of this stuff is RTW size 8. My daughter suggested listing it as lots online (I'm gonna go Craigslist cause; free).
Step 2 is to sort everything into
2) Maybe (the maybe box gets stored away to see if you miss any of the items)
4) Donate (and/or sell)
(Each method features a variation on these sort categories.)
Step 3 is to pare down for that season. HOWEVER; because I live in MN, there isn't a true delineation between seasons so I chose to go Spring/Summer (March-August) and Fall/Winter (September-February). Somehow, someway, spring has sprung. I would say on a typical year it would really be September-early May and May-August but we're gonna roll with it! :)
I felt IMMEDIATELY relief after just sorting the spring/summer vs. fall/winter!!!!
My keep pile
Nothing too crazy as I don't like mending; but both striped shirts needs new necklines and the skirt needs the lining sewn to the skirt, simple things like that...
It was surprisingly easy to put stuff in the maybe pile. Even handmades. I then separated this pile into "maybe spring/summer" and "maybe fall/winter".
A huge pile of "donate/sell"
A big pile (that grew) of 'trash'
I was smart enough to go back to the trash pile and harvest buttons and zippers that could be reused! Yay me!
I hung my spring/summer wardrobe up in my closet and assessed it. There are definite holes to fill now that it's cleaner.
I am not strictly following a certain number of pieces. As a sewer I am fine with having a slightly larger wardrobe but I need it to WORK and to accurately reflect me.
In my research, I'd come upon the Pantone spring 2015 color palette
So many of the things I kept fit within this palette. Of course there's black/white/etc. But I was really happy to see that AND that many projects that I had in my head for spring/summer fit this too!
The tangerine and custard aren't *quite* me; I need more intense versions of those and maybe a slightly less intense version of marsala.
I went through my stash and pulled fabrics that I'm likely to sew over spring/summer -- not that I can't go into my stash and pull other things BUT colors/weights of fabrics that are certain to become warmer weather garments.
Here's the lighter (in color and weight) version of my stash. I am not saying I will sew all of these over the next few months but I will likely pull from these pieces.
Printed knits and wovens for tops/dresses
solid knits and wovens for tops/dresses
Bottom weights for skirts/pants/jeans
trouser fabrics--still pretty dark.
But at least there's a pattern/print...I'm not sure how light/colorful I'll go on bottom for work pants
I have A LOT fewer items in my closet yet I had no problem getting dressed this weekend and feeling pretty danged good about what I was wearing.
We had plans today (Sunday) to go to the Auto Show. I put on a top that I placed in the 'keep' pile even though I rarely wore it. I had it on for about 2.5 hours before I decided I didn't want to wear it (it's a nice top; silk, and in to the donation pile it goes).
I whipped up (hey! you know how I am!!!) a little tee instead.
Simplicity 1317 (which I made for my daughter 3 times already)
I used a size medium and sewed the front raglan sleeves at 1/2" instead of 5/8".
I used a graphic print mesh for the front over a lightweight white ponte and lightweight black ponte for the rest.
I left off the sleeve and hem bands and just twin-needle stitched a 3/4" hem. There WILL be more of these in time. Very quick and skims the body nicely.
It could probably use a CB seam but...eh. Maybe next time :)
(yes, I organized and cleaned and STILL bought 3 pair of shoes this weekend. Oy.)
Still here? Whew! :)
Up next; I don't have a grey jacket or cardigan. That's totally a necessity!