Thanks, RM, for giving me a cheer on this! Sometimes I forget about some of my goals, and it helps me to get a reminder now and then that I’m still supposed to be thinking about them.
My new home will include a 40” closet for me. I’m lucky that it is deep, so I can fill the back with shelves and move the rod to the front. But 41” of clothes cannot fit into 40” of space… and I think I still have several feet more than that which I’ve never gotten around to deleting. Even if I maximize efficiency with a second rod, I simply MUST make some choices about what to keep and what to toss.
But I’ll do that after the move. I don’t have the mental space for it right now. It would be efficient to do it now, but I’m not that good.
What I have done since my last entry on this goal is that I have learned to reduce my laundry a whole lot by re-wearing items several times until they actually seem dirty, rather than automatically washing after each wear. I get away with doing laundry for myself only about once a month now. That was my goal, so I guess I must be proud!
I have gotten disgusted at myself for gaining weight. Lots of my favorite clothes suddenly don’t fit any more. Of course I don’t want to just throw away all of my smaller clothes. I’m sincerely hoping that I’ll find ways to exercise this summer which will help me fit into them again. So naturally, holding on to some clothes that I can’t wear takes up extra space. What I need to decide is that it doesn’t have to be CLOSET space. I’ll at least take the initiative to put any clothes I cannot wear TODAY into a spacebag or a bin or something, and store it out of the way under my bed.
Still working on this.
My continuing “Next Action” here is to see to it that all my clothes (including ones in hampers and crammed away in strange places I haven’t looked at in forever) are all washed and tried on so I can determine if I want to keep them.
I keep getting stumped because I may decide I want to get rid of something, but if it’s not clean of course I want to wash it before donating it. So in the wash it gets mixed with all my wearable clothes, and that slows me down and sets me back.
I should come up with a way of flagging unwanted items so I’ll know I already decided I don’t want them. Maybe I could put a big safety pin through the label or something.
To learn to sew, I must first be able to take accurate measurements of myself. I therefore grabbed my trusty tape measure and did my best.
Rather than just writing the numbers down as a list, I decided to plot them on graph paper, to get a 2-D representation of what I’m shaped like. It was very eye-opening.
On the one hand it’s very cool to see that this is working! It’s neat to see myself drafted on paper. It’s neat to see the numbers appear to mean something other than just … you know … numbers.
On the other hand, I didn’t realize how little shape my body really has. Since I’m so large all of my curves seem to more or less round out. Yes, my waist is 8” smaller than my hips, so technically I have an hourglass figure, but when the hips are 54” and the waist is 46” that doesn’t really equate to “shapely”.
I’m trying to sketch some simple ideas onto tracing paper laid over my basic shape. I’m realizing how much I’m really NOT an artist. I’m having a hard time coming up with anything interesting. Of course it would help if I had colored pencils and fabric swatches and lots of patience for drawing fine details, or even an artistic eye that could do those elegant designer swoopy looks that they draw so effortlessly. My sketches all look like a six year old did them. But oh well. I yam wot I yam, and I’ll just keep on doing my thing. It’ll turn out all right.
Next thing I really want to do is make a dressmaker’s dummy out of duct tape. I need a partner for this job, because nobody can tape up their own backside. I have a few supplies to buy, and then I guess I’ll ask my daughter to help me. It should be a great assistance when I’m trying to fit clothes carefully and make them flattering.
How to make a dress form
This article shows how to use paper tape, but other articles show using duct tape. I’m not sure which would be better.
I want to be able to produce most of my wardrobe myself, instead of having to shop for it. I HATE shopping, and I’m usually disappointed with what I find because it either doesn’t fit or is the wrong color or is poor quality fabric or construction. I just want simple, basic things I know I can rely on.
One of my new favorite YouTube gurus is Evange. She has simple instructions for how to measure yourself and sew leggings as well as a knit pencil skirt and other things. I feel very happy to understand how to draft an easy custom pattern!
I’ll update this goal as I find other good instructionals.
Already have some entries about this, and my progress so far.
1. Minimalist Wardrobe
2. Three Bags Full
3. Simple Wardrobe