I had recently taken a blogging break as I sought to navigate the murky waters of a wardrobe identity crisis, and in the midst of that time I determined that my greatest obstacle in achieving my ideal wardrobe dreams was trousers. For a week or so I couldn't find ANY that fit my ideal shape and fit while also small enough to be my size. They were terrible, dark days. My husband was nice enough to throw my own words at me and tell me that my body wasn't the problem, the clothes were the problem. That didn't put pants in my closet, but it is true and it was good to be reminded.
You see, in my fervor to revamp my wardrobe I began selling like crazy (and still am) to get the "seed money" for my new look. I sold many of the pairs of pants I owned in this process, believing that the lack of trousers in my closet would simply motivate me to find replacements more quickly. Little did I realize it would only leave me pantsless. (Which just meant I wore skirts, never fear.)
I went to EVERY store in my local mall looking for high-waisted, skinny trousers in my size. Nothing. I looked online... nothing was small enough or high-waisted enough. I ventured out and bought my first Freddies of Pinewood jeans... only to try them on and realize the rise needed to be adjusted. Off they went to the tailor! Still pantsless.
I tried sewing some from a pattern. It didn't work out, and I still can't figure out why. I found some pants in a store that were close to my size and tried to alter them... and they wrinkled weirdly. I FINALLY found one lone pair of pants on a sales rack at Charlotte Russe that was close enough to my size, and here they are in these photos! I brought them in at the waist, and now I love them!
Still, these are the only pair of pants I own that fit in the new look I want to have. I was all ready to go gung ho on creating this whole new wardrobe all at once, but I've realized it's going to be much more of a "peach pit" process than I thought it would be.
So, I'm starting with trousers and summer shorts. I need nice trousers for work, and I also need jeans for the rest of the time. It's going to be slow going, but I've gotten denim fabric and the Ginger Jeans pattern, and I'm going to get to work making what I want. When I get all the fit alterations right, I'll be able to churn these babies out in all sorts of fabrics!
I will admit, this slower process to build my new wardrobe is a bit frustrating. When I decide to do something, I want to do it all NOW. I want it to be finished NOW. Having this delay in adding to my wardrobe because of sizing issues is frustrating, but I'm embracing the slowness as an opportunity to increase my sewing skills and design pieces I absolutely love. It will take several weeks to make a couple pairs of pants since my day job happens to get in the way of my sewing time (anyone identify?!), but I know it will be worth it in the end to have a perfectly-fitting me-made wardrobe.
pants: Charlotte Russe
shirt: Wet Seal?
hat: handmade by a friend
lucite purse: gifted
heels: estate sale
lipstick: from F21
I've heard from several of you that you are also having wardrobe issues lately or have had them recently. Did you encounter any hang ups along the way? Have you had to slow down to baby steps with any of your goals lately?