Tuesday, 19 March 2013

20:20 challenge

No, this isn't a post about cricket. A couple of posts ago I alluded that I often complain that I don’t have enough tops in my wardrobe. It got me thinking about just what is in my wardrobe and how much of it do I actually wear. This evening I decided to find out. I counted all my clothes that live in my wardrobe (it doesn’t include my evening dresses that live in the spare room). Here are the stats - these are actual. You’ll see that I have a small pile of items that need to be repaired at some point. 

Wardrobe counting

It turns out that I wear 62.5% of these items. The other 37.5% rarely, if ever, see the light of day. They just hang there and every morning I look at them before passing them over for something else. There are a mixture of reasons why they aren’t used - they are too small, they are uncomfortable or they don’t go with other items. I have a lack of options for trousers for play - just my jeans. All the trousers listed I wear for work. I feel that there is some validity in my feeling that there are a lack of tops. I wear similar clothes to work as I do at the weekend. 

Moving through the items, I became intrigued by the colours that were there. I believed I had a lot of blue and purple. Was I right? Yes and no. Here are my colours (excuse the mess at the bottom):

Wardrobe contents

A friend recently gave me a gift of fabric that was pink because I always wear that colour a lot. I didn’t believe her. It turns out I have more pink and black and blue than I originally thought so my friend must be right! I also have very little purple. I adore red, yet have just one dress in that colour. I’m not a fan of orange or green but I have more items in those colours than I expected. 

“So what?” I hear you all say. Well, it isn’t great not to wear over a third of your clothes. Looking at each of the items, I can’t see any immediate opportunities to refashion so I’ll probably take a lot of them to my local charity shops. Hopefully someone will want them as they are, or can make something from them. It is obvious that I can live without these extra items but I don’t want to continue complaining about not having items. So, I have decided to replace 20 items with my own creations. I guess this is like a late sewlution. Here are my rules:

20 individual items from 20 patterns
All sewn between March and December 2013
At least half of them will not be black, blue or pink
This doesn’t stop me making duplicates but they won’t count towards the total. 

That works out at 2 items a month. Surely I can manage that?! I have given myself a little head start by including my Mathilde, mainly because the numbers fitted so nicely with the months! I have chosen 13 patterns.

2020 patterns

The 14th will be another blouse of some sort. The remaining six will be chosen over the year as I know that patterns will be released and I will want them. 

I’ll be working on the Alma blouse on Saturday. I’ll be joined by a friend who is making her first item. Wish us luck! 


  1. I think this is a really good idea. It's interesting to really look at your wardrobe and see what you wear and what you don't. I'm pretty sure I only wear about 50% of what's in my wardrobe.

    Like you I have a distinct lack of tops - and separates in general to be honest. I love wearing and making dresses, but sometimes want to wear something different. I'm actually formulating a not too dis-similar plan myself, which I'll share on my blog once I've finalised it!

    1. I think it is important to see what is lurking in the wardrobe. I would rather have a lot of clothes that I regularly wear than not. It will be interesting to see if I can keep this going. Looking forward to seeing your plan!

  2. Great exercise - look at your clothes like that - and what an even better challange to give yourself sewing a load of wearable and need clothes during the rest of the year. I'm definitely coming back to see how you're during :)

    1. I had better get my skates on then! I am already planning my next two so that's a start and I should be able to share one reasonably soon.

  3. That sounds like a challenge of the best kind! Have popped over from the House of Marmalade and will be back :-)

  4. Love this! So interesting when you analyse what you wear, especially the colours. Look forward to seeing your progress.

    1. It was certainly an eye-opener for me! And with Me-Made-May I'm gaining an even better understanding of my hand made items. I'll be posting an update over the next few weeks on how I am getting on.


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