Fashioning a wardrobe

It's been a whirlwind of homeowner drama and back to school preparations for the past few weeks at chez Startzman. Also still finishing up edits for the Knitted Slipper Book. But the boys are back in school now and I have time to do some fun non-book projects in the next few weeks. Flush with the sewing success Laura and I had a few days ago, I've been thinking about making more clothes.

I discovered Cal Patch's Pinterest boards and am loving her DIY-wardrobe inspiration. Though her boards I learned about Seam Allowance Project, a project of A Verb for Keeping Warm, where people pledge to make at least 25% of their wardrobe and meet regularly to share ideas and resources. Pretty neat. I haven't set out to make a certain percentage of clothing, but as I have about 3 "good" t-shirts I wear on repeat, making just one new garment would have a big impact on my wardrobe. I think it's great that there are lots of people thinking about this very thing.

So with all that in mind, here are some of my current projects in progress. 

1. A good winter coat. 

Last winter I bought a beautiful vintage wool coat at the $1 Thrift Store. Usually vintage coats that fit my body have arms that are way too short. This one was notable because it fits me perfectly and has sleeves that are plenty-long. But the whole thing is formal and too long, 

Not a good fit for my lifestyle which mostly involves ferrying kids and stops at the coffee shop when I leave the house. But I happened upon this incredibly detailed video that shows how to shorten a coat. I'm planning to do that soon, and am aiming for a pea-coat length. It would also be lovely to re-line it with some silk, maybe a print. But let's not get carried away, a coat that fits and looks nice will be a huge step up for me. 

2. Messing around with clogs

I found these disgusting Dr Scholl's clogs at a different thrift store.

Usually thrifted shoes are over. the. line. for me, like buying a used bathing suit. But I've been wanting to have some clogs to wear, and am interested in learning more about wooden sole shoes. These were made in Austria and were the perfect size for me. They were also $1. Lots of sanding later, some new beeswax/oil polish, the soles are ready for a new upper. 

I think it's super-cool that the uppers just screw into the sole! Wouldn't it be cool to have a couple different tops you could attach to the sole? Anyway. I've been scanning my Pinterest shoe board, waiting for more clear inspiration to strike here.

3. New cardigan. 

Well, if it were a race (and it kind-of is, really, isn't it?) Laura would totally be winning the Sweater Knit-a-long we're doing. I've made some progress since we last talked about this project, but have taken huge breaks on this one. 

I've been doing research on how to add pockets, and just stalled out. She's working on sleeves (!) and her sweater looks amazing. I'm very motivated to catch up, maybe I'll re-gain my momentum at knitting tonight. I can already tell this is going to be a great addition to my wardrobe. 

I'm trying to get into a more regular blogging flow, and it feels really good to have the time and space to post here more regularly. Tomorrow I'll show you the charm necklace I've been dreaming up.