Making Clothes

I recently emptied out my closet, removing everything that doesn’t fit. There was…not much left.
About a third of this is referee stuff, and another third is stuff I don’t really like, but will wear if I have to. There is some stuff in the dirty laundry (not much, though), and I have a pair of jeans (and underthings of course) that are not hanging.

I have a plan. Kind of.

First I freaked the fuck out on Twitter, because I have no idea how to build a wardrobe. I don’t know how to determine or build my personal style. I am just clueless. Kind friends talked me down from the ledge, recommending various style blogs, etc., but what I really want is a checklist that is for people like me, and that doesn’t exist.

As far as I can tell, my style falls into two general categories (three if “lazy slob” counts): rockabilly and hippie. NOT SUPER COMPATIBLE, but I am not going to listen to any ideas my brain might have about needing to stay consistent. Those are the styles I am comfortable wearing. END OF STORY. (Right? Please validate me.)

So I’m going to do some shopping, but also some sewing.


For years I have wanted a closet full of Simplicity 3835 tops. The pattern booklet looks super-dull, but a quick google image search should show you why I am smitten with the pattern. I will have to make full bust adjustments, which I understand in theory but have never actually done. Cross your fingers for me.

I only recently discovered Sonya Phillips‘ patterns, but I can very very easily picture myself wearing leggings and a linen Dress No. 1 every day. (I will have to get some leggings.)

I’m also thinking about Colette Violet, but not until I have pattern adjustments mastered. (And eventually: Tia dress.)


I also want to make myself some skirts. The Spin Skirt (WITHOUT THE RUFFLES) is my front-runner, but I am also looking for a simpler A-line pattern for corduroy skirts because I want to be Melissa Auf der Maur circa 1995, which the one on the right looks promising for. Possibly I could use the Spin Skirt for both, though.

I’ll be shopping for fabrics, but I also have these:

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I originally intended to use the (top) blue fabric for a Sew Liberated Lola apron, but I am open to using it for something else. The strawberries were for Grace, and I feel like an asshole considering using them for myself. I don’t know for sure how much I have of the stars, but it looks like at least 1.5 yards. I planned, years ago, to use the pond print for the Trapeze Sundress from Heather Ross’s Weekend Sewing, and I might still do that but I don’t have to.

I don’t have to use any of them, of course. Just brain-dumping. I kind of feel like I should be looking for small, subdued all-over prints, but maybe that is boring? I DON’T KNOW.

Please dress me.

6 thoughts on “Making Clothes

  1. Stephanie

    April 2, 2014 at 6:54pm

    I have that Simplicity shirt pattern! I have had it for 8 years and never opened it.

    This is not a helpful comment.

    • Annika

      April 3, 2014 at 9:16am

      I’ve had it for a verrrry long time, too. I first bought it before I knew how sewing patterns are sized, so I have both size ranges.

      Helpful is overrated.

  2. Julia

    April 3, 2014 at 5:54am

    Are you familiar with pickyourplum DOT com? Sometimes they have leggings and clothes for super cheap. not sure how the quality is, but still. I love that your doing this! I am hanging on to things for forever lately, and am stuck in a tee shirt and jeans rut, thanks to this post baby body.
    Julia´s last post ..A Little Knitting, with a New Yarn

    • Annika

      April 3, 2014 at 9:17am

      I am not, but I just signed up!

      I am inclined, though, to spend a little more for clothes that will last. It’s been two years since I bought anything but jeans, so it’s really necessary.

  3. Elise

    April 3, 2014 at 6:34pm

    What a great pattern that is!

    I’ve been meaning to destash some of my quilting fabric seeing as how i’ve found zero time for quilting since A was born, and I’m yearning for a bit of minimalism. Do you have any interest in swapping one of your copies of that pattern for some selections of fabric? It might be a win-win…

    And on the topic of building a wardrobe, have you ever heard of Project 333? If you google it you might come up with some good lists of how to build a suited-to-you minimalist wardrobe. And hippie and rockabilly don’t seem so incompatible to me… At least you know what you like!!

    • Annika

      April 4, 2014 at 7:22am

      I feel like I will definitely come out ahead in this deal, but I’m in! We are overdue for a get-together anyway.

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