The Wardrobe Architect: Week 2

The Wardrobe Architect

Week 2 of Coletterie’s Wardrobe Architect series is all about defining a core style.

Using the worksheet provided and working alongside the answers from the previous week, we were asked to answer a few questions and then collect 15-20 images.

The Results

There were no massive surprises for me, but this has helped solidify what I already know and it has made me feel like I’m on the right track with the things I’m creating.

Maybe I need to be a little more practical with what I make though, dresses are all well and good but I’m not about to lounge about in the house or go to Tesco in them, it’s definitely given me some focus.

I really enjoyed the visual part too, being dyslexic I find that images are a very handy tool and make sense much more than the written word when it comes to focusing my mind on what I like or not.

If you’d like to check out my Core Style Pinterest Board please do, and if you’re following the series please link me up in the comments below, I’d love to see yours!

My Answers To Worksheet 2

When you are wearing your favourite clothing, how do you feel?

Like I can take on the world, I feel confident and good in my skin.

When you’re wearing something that is not quite right, how do you feel? What are the feelings you want to avoid about the clothes you wear?

Very self-conscious. I can’t stop thinking about the fact people might think I look odd, even though they probably don’t even notice I’m wearing anything out of the ordinary for me. I think that’s why, a lot of the time, I stick to what I know will make me feel comfortable.

Who do you consider to be your style icons? What is it about them that appeals to you?

Actual: Joan Collins and Liz Taylor of the 50s/early 60s. Fictional: Joan Holloway. I love that they’re feminine without showing a lot of flesh and that their style is form fitting rather then loose.

What are some words that describe styles that you like in theory, but are not quite you?

Anything floaty, bo-ho etc…I love it on other people but the rolled out of bed and looking natural thing is not for me. I like plucked and preened, hair set, make up on, suited and booted.

Look over your answers from last week on history, philosophy, culture, community, activities, location, and body. List at least 15 words that you associate with your answers. 

  • Vintage
  • 50s
  • 60s
  • Freedom of choice
  • Individual
  • Practical
  • Comfortable
  • Fitted
  • Classy
  • Sculpted
  • Block-colour
  • Classic
  • Structured
  • Feminine

Look over the answers to all of the questions above. If you had to narrow your list to only 3-5 words to describe you, which words would you choose?

Vintage, Classic, Individual, Sculptured, Structured

Collect 15-20 images that represent these 3-5 words for you. You could create a pinterest board, a folder on your computer, a moodboard, or a collage. Be creative and have fun!

2014: A New Year, A New Sewing Area

Happy New Year folks!

Hanging up my burlesque dancing heels has meant that I can finally pack up all of my costumes, props and memorabilia and get rid of the extra wardrobe in the bedroom. So, after a trip to Ikea before Christmas (if anyone doesn’t know already this is the best time to go as it’s always empty that time of year) I got a few bits and bobs to make everything a little more organised. So I dismantled the wardrobe and spent an evening re-sorting my little sewing area.

So now it looks like this:

New Sewing Room 2014

New Sewing Room 2014

It’s like having a new bedroom and it feel so much more spacious in there, I was constantly struggling with spaces to put my dress form when I was in the middle of sewing project and I would be picking it up and down and moving it about, but now I have the room to work around it. It also gives me room to set up the knitting machine too, which is on my to do list for this year.

I am a woman who likes organisation, to me there is nothing better than neat and tidy. Tidy house, tidy mind as far as I’m concerned! Things I am most happy about are the sets of drawers with ribbons, zips and embroidery treads in, along with other trimmings.

New Sewing Room 2014

and I have finally managed to re-sort my book shelves and now all of my sewing and crafty books are all on one shelf.

New Sewing Room 2014

This includes a new book from my Dad and Step-Ma (and avid seamstress herself) called Sew It Up, to help me on my way with technical bits and bobs this year.

My folks also bought me this lovely cup and saucer, which I have instructed Timothy must be filled with tea and saucer with biscuits when I’m sewing away.

New Sewing Room 2014


In addition you might notice that my blog has a fancy new header that the lovely Lucy Blue made for me. She a fantastic artist and I can’t recommend her highly enough if you’d like anything doing for you.

So what else for the new year?

I have a list of things I’d like to achieve this year, some sewing, some not:

  • I plan to keep sewing at least one garment a month.
  • I would like to to master set in sleeves this year (i will do this even if it kills me!)
  • I’m going to try and use the materials in my stash before going out to buy more.
  • I’m going to sew and knit a lot of peoples presents this year.
  • I plan to finally get the kitting machine out and get to work on figuring out what I can make.
  • I’m aiming to write a chapter of a book or a short story at least once every two months.
  • I plan to learn more ukulele and spend at least half an hour each day practicing.
  • I plan on blogging more on here and on my other blogs.
  • I am aiming to go camping this year after a non camping year in 2013.
  • I plan on selling some of the vintage homewares I’ve been buying.
  • I would like to be able to run 10k by the end of 2014.

I hope everyone has a fantastic 2014, I have a feeling this year’s going to be a good one.

All Quiet on the Sewing Front

I know I haven’t updated a lot recently BUT I have been doing other things which have taken up my free time.

Fear not though I shall be back to Sewing in September when I use up my remaining annual leave for a week.

I plan on getting a few projects started and finished in that time, but in the meantime, to show I have actually been doing something rather than just sitting on my bum…

I may have mentioned by husband is currently studying Ecology & Conservation and is currently on his placement year before his final degree year so we’ve been doing a few things based around this.

The last two weekends we did butterfly surveys in the lovely Cheshire countryside.

Cheshire countryside

Where we took advantage and picked lots of blackberries.

blackberry picking


Which we made into jam and started some blackberry gin

(the photo above is a very small portion of the bumper crop we picked)

blackberry gin

I also found an Elderberry tree just down the road and we decided to try out making some Elderberry gin too.

Elderberry gin

We went on a bat walk in Platt Fields Park, just near to our house, and saw lots of bats, Tim borrowed a detector from work and I heard and saw my first Noctule, Britain’s largest bat

Platt Field Bat Walk

We celebrated 11 years since our first date. Here we are looking all young and ting in 2003 on the day I moved in with Tim.


And I finally got my Star Wars Jedi sleeve finished on Saturday.

star wars tattoo

So there we have it, I have been busy, just a little too busy to crack on with anything sewing wise, but keep your eyes peeled, September will be sewing month for me!