The lying bitch that’s my wardrobe…

35 thoughts on “The lying bitch that’s my wardrobe…”

  1. Good luck with it. At least most of those are big enough to be reduced to a top or skirt. I dunno about the Liberty one–maybe some very open-fronted jacket thingie…? It seems like making it ‘button-front’ would be doing something similaryly bunchy to the way it is now, or maybe I am misunderstanding what you intend by that–

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      1. Yeah, many of those I see on you do have lots of fancy details or distinctive bits. Simple and versatile is great if you can get it–hey, maybe the gothy sweeping red thing can become a gorgeous coat…? Although you already have the new red coat and hat. Maybe make it fantasy wear for prancing around privately!

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    1. I would vote for a plain center seam too, as long as you can stills get into it, which is not so obvious. Would there be enough fabric in the wrap to make some sort of bottom flounce so you like the length better? You might be able to incorporate some sort of dartless fba then, without which you are unlikely to actually wear it (just projecting here). Mostly why did you line the thing? See if you can get rid of that, you’ll be much happier with the results. Liberty lawn is divine summer fabric on its own, feels like you have nothing on but looks perfectly covered, and wears like iron to boot

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      1. It bugs the crap out of me to look old and stout, even though I never thought of myself as vain. It’s more an existential terror and sens eof the unfairness of life etc. than wanting to be on tv or antyhing–

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  2. I love your no-nonsense, funny, dead on honest blogs- I too fall in love and end up with garments that require much fussing tugging and muttering. you are right, we cant anymore. the MOB dress and coat is lovely. id love to see a picture of the coat over jeans. I have called in love with a dramatic pattern and also never worn it. it does make me sick but you have given me courage ! well done you.

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    1. Thank you that’s wonderful feedback! You know what? I thought that silk coat was too special to wear, again then realised it will fall victim to moths eventually, so why not love it? I had so many compliments when I wore it to work, that it won’t stay in the wardrobe for long now. Revive the 70s love of colour and ‘glam’ fabrics, enjoy them, be gorgeous!

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    2. That dress is gorgeous, and it must be quite something on. But I see your point about it being matronly. I think it’s a matter of context though, you made it as formal wear and that’s how you see it. But you could try it as the basis for drag instead? I bet it’d be a lot less stuffy with combat boots for instance..

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  3. I LOVE the idea of those gorgeous red/black sleeves on a black bodice! Would it work as is as a robe for swashing around the house drinking tea and being fabulous though?

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    1. The sleeves are fabulous, and especially well suited for playing a musical instrument, so just wear them to your next recital 😉. But I have a burning question – does the missus wear hers? Because those are very distinctive sleeves, and to have both of you wear them.. Beware the twin effect, in short,we don’t have to share everything..

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      1. lol I don’t play any instruments, I was just posing for fun [the missus is the muso] She wants to steal mine, so that’s fine. I know I won’t get any wear out of it, but it was fun to make [and pose in]

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  4. So interesting the phases we go through trying to find our style. Would never have picked the Liberty or the denim dress as you. Denim skirt you can zhoosh up absolutely. How about some fabric combining for the Liberty – could see it in a design like the Fractal cross over top (https://alabamachanin.com/products/fractal-panel-dress-top-pattern). Love the MOB and red black sari fabrics definitely need a way to repurpose them.
    Agree that special garments really need to be worn not languish in the back of the wardrobe kept for best and can look so good with their more casual cousins.

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    1. I think the Liberty will re-surface as a slip on or button front blouse for summer. Not something I’ve had much call for for several years, but I will be in school throughout the warmer months this year so need to be at least semi-formal. Blouses and maxi skirts may be the way to go for that

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      1. Being an AC pattern it is designed for knits but I think you could do the crew neck in either knit or woven. Funnel neck would have to be knit to get over the head. I bought it to use left over woven / knit combination will just need to size accordingly.

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      1. Definitely don’t let the black merino go to waste! Now sadly it’s true that some sort of funeral attire becomes more and more necessary as we pass 50, but that shouldn’t deter you from black merino on a daily basis. The constricting undies have to go though, life is too short for that. If you make it into a top, can you use the bottom fabric to add one or more gussets to the top to give yourself room to breathe? This could be very discreet in the black, or you could go for a single very dramatic one, chaneling John Waters in Rei Kawakubo?

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  5. I admire your ability to refashion things! Once I’m done with clothing I can’t bear to remake it. I have a bin liner of things waiting to go to the charity shop right now…hopefully someone else will love them.

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    1. I used to send them to the charity shop until I found out that most stuff ends up being shredded…especially if it has no RTW labels. I shudder to think of the quality fabrics that may have become rags, so that’s why! I hate alterations etc, but no way am I scrapping Liberty lawn or silk

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  6. The title of this post is just one of the many reasons I love your blog so much! I don’t have any tips for these garments, other than what I normally do with projects that kind of don’t work out (or I grow bored with), which is do what I can to salvage as much of the fabric as possible to make a new garment or quilt. Or just try and refashion it into another garment if possible. 🙂

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    1. I’m optimistic- the missus is adopting the red sari top, and I’m happier now I’ve worked out the fix for the purple trousers…which should be finished tomorrow. i then need to make something new to cheer me up after the pain of considering [if not doing] alterations. Glad my nonsense makes you smile!

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  7. You were very productive with cleaning out what needs to be “fixed”. I go through my closet every year and get rid of (to charity) what I haven’t been wearing as I am not a fan of fixing things. I did keep a jade green suit jacket and skirt made out of ultra suede once (remember that stuff?). That is until I realized the it had “shrunk” to half my size AND it had some kind of mould growing on it! YUCK!

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  8. I can relate in so many ways! Marie Kondo would never be proud of me – I can’t master decluttering- garments just change location…from hanging unworn in closet to piled up in sewing room, waiting to be mutilated into something I look absolutely fabulous in 😂

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