Now that summer is nearing an end and fall is just around the corner, I thought I would take a critical look at my handmade wardrobe and see what truly gets worn. Prior to mommy hood, all of my handmades got worn pretty frequently; however that is not the case any more. By taking an honest look at what I wear the most, I want to know how to edit down my "to do" list to only items that will get a lot of wear.
There are two items that currently get worn all the time; my Renfrew top and shirt dress. Renfrew gets worn a lot because I don't have many t-shirts, yet I often want to wear a t-shirt. I love the cheery colors in the fabric and a basic t-shirt is a perfect mommy staple. My shirt dress actually gets more wear than my Renfrew. It was the first thing I wore out of the house after my daughter was born. It got a lot of wear this past year because it was my only handmade dress that was nursing accessible. I also love the nod to the 1950's from this classic style.
Then there are three items that get worn a lot, but not all the time. I am including my Gabriola skirt here even though it was just made, it gets worn a lot (like I wore it to church two weeks in a row, plus during the week). I love the way the rayon fabric feels against my skin, and the bright colors are my style. My Alma blouse actually gets quite a bit of wear as well (though when I was still nursing during the day, I would wear it if I was going somewhere, then change as soon as I got home to make nursing easier). My 1960's floral shift dress has always been a favorite. This one gets worn when ever I need to dress up (though like my Alma blouse, it wasn't nursing friendly).
So what trends have I noticed with the things that truly get the most wear? First, it has to be comfortable and easy to wear - which can be accomplished in fabrics other than knits. Second, I really do love bright colors, and it seems that pink is a color that I wear a lot of. Pink isn't necessarily my favorite color, but I do think it looks good on me, and I often find it to be associated with other bright colors. Third, I like a good mix of dresses and separates - in my top five I have two dresses, two shirts and one skirt.
As I look to start planning a fall wardrobe, I am going to look for patterns that are casual and easy to wear. I will also look for a mix of modern and vintage silhouettes and fabrics like cotton and rayon.
Have you taken a critical look at your hand made wardrobe before? What trends do you notice?