Work vs Play: How do you decide?

Since I started working I have often debated over which clothes in my wardrobe should be for work and which should be for play. Every morning I look at my options and ask that question. I've also noticed that this has got worse since I started sewing. For some reason, in my head, there needs to be this distinction. I'm not really sure why, it is just there. Yet the reality is different. I noticed when I reviewed my wardrobe a few months back that a lot of my clothes fall into both camps. 

Obviously there are items that do fall into only one camp. I have an outward facing office job which means I need to look to smart. There is no way that I would wear the short blue lace dress I own or the shorts that I am about to make in the office. Jeans sometimes sneak in (like today, when I can get away with it!). Similarly, I am unlikely to wear the trousers I have for work at the weekends.

However, the majority of my wardrobe falls into both camps. Practically everything I have made has been seen at work unless it was for a specific occasion. This morning I left the house in a rtw jacket (which I dearly love) and while I was waiting for the bus I realised that my Anise would have looked better and yet I'm not sure I want to taint it with the "you've been worn at work" thoughts that circulate every morning.

Perhaps I should just make some items for work. Perhaps I should make more items for home and move some of the loved items to the work camp. Perhaps it doesn't matter at all, and it shows that I have a wardrobe that I love and want to want to wear whatever the situation. It is strange - I don't have the same thoughts about shoes or bags. 

Anyone else have similar thoughts? How do you decide to split your wardrobe? I'd love to know. 

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. 

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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):

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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.

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PeonyCeylonLaurelSimplicity 8482B5882 by Gertie1960s Off Center Front Button Belted DressAniseJasmineJuniperAlmaSimplicity 2451; Thurlow

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!