After giving my wardrobe lotsof thought, I bought the fabric for the final two pieces that should complete my wardrobe, a black jumper (pinafore dress) and a red skirt. After these are done, every top that I wear on a regular basis will go with every bottom and I could, theoretically get rid of every item in my closet that I only wear once in a while or not at all. The question is: how many pieces does one need in a wardrobe, how many is enough? Recently, on the Fedora Lounge, an old thread about how many dresses one owns resurfaced. One respondent claimed to own over 45,000. Yes, I’ve double checked that number. Now, I have a confession to make. Unlike most vintage ladies appear to be, I am not a fashionista. Being so short that even RTW petite clothes don’t fit well, I’ve never been into buying clothes. I’ve always just had a closet full of basic clothes that fit my public image, whether it was ripped tights and Doc Martens or circle skirts and crinolines, but I never really cared about them.
I originally learned to sew because I was involved in historical reenactment. I loved to create historical clothing because there was so much more involved than just garment construction. Also, my best work went into my husband’s clothing. I would spend months researching a particular item, learning how to things the way it was done “back then”, finding just the right fabric or notion before even starting on the actual garment. All that prep work is what I loved and still love today. I never really enjoyed the reenactments, they just gave me a reason to make the outfit.
I started sewing modern clothes when we left reenactment, mainly as a way to save money. Once I learned about fit, my priorities were to have a wardrobe that fit. In my mind, there has always been a time when I might finish that wardrobe. In a way, having kids and going up and down in weight has been a good thing. It’s kept me sewing and learning all these years. Now, I can actually see the light at the end of the tunnel. The clothes that I wear on a regular basis are all clothes that I love. That’s a first for me. I can see a time when I don’t really need anything new. Do I stop sewing? How do I fill my time? How do I keep the creative part of my brain satisfied so it doesn’t drive me crazy? These are questions that have plagued me for a while but I guess I have some time to think about them.