I have to admit that it's weird waking up and putting on more RTW than me-made every morning. I know that in time, I will get back to primarily me-made but it's definitely a shift. To add to that shift, I did the last closet cull...and I was ruthless this time because one day last week...I realized that I NEVAH opened the closet doors anymore.
Why? Because 90% of what was in the closet was either too big or unsuitable for my new life. So I decided enough was enough and I cleared the closet out. The result ~ almost all of my RTW cardigans that I purchased to go over me-made dresses are still around but the dresses have been donated. Picked up last Monday and vanquished from the house forever.
I think I was finally ready to let go because I saw no point in holding on. Think of any dress I made from 2011-2014 and it probably will be worn by some other person now. Skirts and pants too were donated, though this morning I located a few more pieces that were probably ignored during the scourge last week, that will also be given away. I was ready to be done. I had no regrets, shed no tears, just realized that this is a new life event and I need to meet it head on.
However, a few pieces remained ~
This dress (McCalls 6395) which I'd only worn once or twice because it really was a little too funky for my old job...
...became a new top worn over jeans!
I cut the skirt portion off the dress right under the faux leather band and tossed it. The top needed nothing ~ no other repairs/alterations because the faux leather trim finished it off nicely. It wore well over jeans and under a black cardigan to work.
This outfit which I absolutely loved ~ a cardigan from Butterick 6002 in faux leather and ponte and my TNT dress in faux leather and ponte...
...was shortened to tunic length and will be worn over leggings.
I was happy to save this one by cutting off 17 inches and hemming the lining and ponte fabric. This is one of my ponte outfits where the ponte is piling but that's because the perforated faux leather works against the ponte. I shaved the piling off and probably won't wear this outfit often but at least this one made it through the closet cull.
Other than the outfits I made this year and a couple from the end of last year, everything is gone. The good thing is that I have loads of pictures here on the blog, as well as details, on how garments were constructed if I decide to remake anything in the future.
I also donated a dozen pair of brand new heels that were barely worn and that I wouldn't wear now anyway. The only things that I didn't give away were handbags and my extensive jewelry collection. I will figure out a new way to wear the jewelry and well the handbags can always be used.
So with a much lighter closet, I'm pressing on and working out new pieces to be added to the wardrobe.
...as always more later!