I haven’t sewn for about a week, and the main reason is, I think, that I had absolutely nowhere to put new clothing. I have one double wardrobe for the majority of my clothing, plus a few drawers which are taken up mainly with underwear, nightwear, accessories and shoes. (Out of season stuff is stored in the attic.) The wardrobe was so stuffed that I was wearing the same things over and over again because I couldn’t really see what was in there, so it was easiest just to wear the outfits I already knew worked. My wardrobe has sliding doors so I can’t even open the doors and see everything in there – I have to look at it in halves – and some of the stuff in the middle is pretty much hidden regardless of which door I slide open.
I took a photo of one half of my wardrobe back in December because I was surprised at how much red was in there – if you asked me about my favourite colours, red would never appear, but somehow I have ended up with a lot of it in my autumn/winter wardrobe.
This evening I had a sort out. I still don’t have a lot of spare space in the wardrobe, but at least I won’t be wearing the same thing over and over again. I now have it sorted into outfits (mainly skirt + top; plus one or two trousers+top, and a couple of dresses).
I have put some things away because they are really spring/summer, and a few things are going to the charity shop, but I still have too many clothes.
I’ve done some counting – I can wear a different outfit every single day for 28 days without duplicating a single garment! That is where the title of this post came from. I am only guessing, but I think I could possibly go for three months or so, with the garments that are currently in my wardrobe, without duplicating an outfit. That’s Too Many Clothes!!
A bit more counting (because I can’t help myself):
1. 28 outfits without duplicating a garment.
2. 9 outfits contain one me-made and one bought garment
3. 13 outfits have both (or a single dress) as a me-made garment.
4. 6 have no me-made garments.
5. None of the outfits have duplicate garments so I have no idea how long I could go without duplicating an outfit – probably two months, maybe three.
This is both bringing my sewing to a grinding halt (because I have more clothes than I could possibly need) and giving me a huge boost in my sewing confidence because I have so many outfits that include a me-made garment that I love.
I guess that if I didn’t already have a huge (200m+) stash of fabric then I might just quit sewing for a while because I really don’t need any new clothes. But, as I have the stash, perhaps I should carry on. I do think that my Burda challenge is going to change because I don’t see the point in sewing garments that I’m probably not going to wear, or that don’t fit into my, already overflowing, wardrobe.