7/29/15

Then & Now w/ Butterick 5954

I love to sew and in the short years that I have been sewing, I have finally found the lost key to my closet door.  For so long I just left the door open and it just contained a lot of suits, what was I thinking garments and way too many orphans.  However, one thing I did do was rely heavily on my suits, I mean, I donned a suit 5 days a week, but they were just your basic run of the mill suits.  Just wearing them without any real thought, pairing the same ole' tops with them. Not taking the time to alter when they needed to be.. they were just a quick and easy option for getting dressed and ensuring I looked presentable at work.  

I never closed my closet door because if I did, I would've been at a loss.  I did not have the wherewithal to think about trying something new or outside the box, until finally, I started sewing clothes.  With that I learned that simple silhouettes (basics) are key for me in having a well rounded wardrobe.  However, the most important rule of thumb was to get my basics in order and now that that is solidly in place...  I now can close my door and think about all the me-made garments and rtw pieces I have, may it be my black suit, fire engine red jacket, tailored slacks, trendy pieces, abstract dresses that work seamlessly together.  More importantly, I love that I can mix, match, refashion and repeat. ... now that is the key to a great wardrobe.

Modified Butterick 5954 is one of them... a Then & Now Butterick 5954.

Then 2014




If this was in my closet pre-sewing days, it would've just languished, because I would've had no forethought on how to wear it and with what.  With a well rounded wardrobe now... the options are plentiful and I am no longer chained to just wearing suits.  What I will say is .... my love of jackets remain tho... I have just learned how to make them work seamlessly in my closet.

This ensemble is perfect for summer.... easy & breezy sheer top with black/white stripe linen pants.  I even dared to add a pop of eclectic in the mix... a pair of Metaphor Munich B/W high heel pumps and 9West tote... done.dot.com...


Now 2015



My morning started off on the wrong side of the bed, but once inside my closet and easily pulling a garment together, all became right with the world. 


Until then,

Have a Great Week !!


10 comments:

alethia said...

The benefits of sewing and having a well rounded wardrobe that makes getting ready in the mornings easyyyyyy!

golden star said...

Love this post! Context is everything and your perspective on your wardrobe and styling is astute. You could teach a lot of folks (even sewists) a thing or two.

Sheila said...

Hi Alethia and yes, that is so true.

Sheila said...

Thank you Golden Star.

MAD14kt said...

Hey SB!!! A Sewing Machine is a POWERFUL tool!!! I am learning to hold onto "Classics" instead of parting so quickly!!! Loving the BLACK & White!!! ;)

Sheila said...

Hi Monica and hoping all is well. Thank you.

Dr. Fun (AKA Sister) said...

You are absolutely right! I just realized today that my pink handsewn top goes perfectly with a pink/orange plaid skirt I made 3 years ago - so nice when new items coordinate with things already in your closet.

Sheila said...

Thank you Sister. The key to sewing orphans is definitely checking your existing pieces.

Tee said...

You always look so well put together in you clothes!!!

Sheila said...

Thank you Tee.