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Sunday, 3 February 2013

Wardrobe sort out

OK.....
Have made a lot of progress, mostly with plain skirts/trousers with textured jackets.

I've also ironed all the shirts and blouses as that makes them more likely to get worn. Mended the hem on some other trousers, and reorganised how it is all hung in the wardrobe
I found a textured navy jacket which works with the navy trousers. I'd put it to one side to switch the buttons, but that can be done another time.

Now to go through the knit tops and pick out the smartest ones which could be used with suits. I could also use a few pencil skirts in my wardrobe.

Variations I have come up with so far.

Matching Jacket & pants (or skirt) ie suit - if plain, or very fine stripe, wear with shirt or tops which co-ordinate e.g. striped shirt.

Strong jacket, e.g tweed, bright colour etc - plain dark pants/skirt, and either similar plain dark top OR a plain top which picks up a colour in the jacket.

Slightly hard to match jacket - plain dark dress

Non matching trousers, this is the one I am still struggling with and most of my Ruthiemade ones are in this category sadly.

Also wondering what to wear with some lovely camel wool trousers. They were bought as an outfit with 2 print blouses and plain co-ordinating cardigans, but the cardiagans are too casual, and not really warm enough for the weight of the wool trousers.
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I've rehung all the stuff which hangs up and refolded all the knit tops, so progress of sorts I guess.
The orphan trousers are still in the sewing room as are a couple of query skirts.

I've hung on the outside of the wardrobe doors (its a 5 door fitment) seven outfits (for five working days, gives me choice).
In each one I have only one 'Whimsical' element ie colour/print in the hope of keeping things more professional. They are

- Dark brown pinstripe suit. Cream and brown jungle print knit top, Orange cami and orange pendant necklace.

- Camel wool trousers. Ivory satin crinkle blouse, ivory linen mix jacket. Neutral pendant.

- Tweed jacket in red with black, grey and white check. Charcoal grey pants and top, chunky silver necklace.

- Black pinstripe trouser suit. Dark red silk blouse with red/gold necklace and gold earrings.

- Navy wide leg trousers, navy marl jacket. Blue and white stripe fitted shirt. Navy/silver necklace and silver earrings.

- Crinkle blouse in a black and white print, black trousers, grey marl jacket and a black/grey/white necklace.

- Black and lime boucle skirt suit. Lime shirt with pewter buttons.

There are only 5 working days, but I have some choice depending on how I feel that particular morning.

3 comments:

marysews said...

That's a lot of work, but at least it's useful! I've just finished cleaning out my sewing patterns.

Cheryl Willcox said...

Ruthie , You are going to look 'so grown' up in your new clothes.

Jenni said...

This week's outfits sound lovely.
Depending on the shade of camel trousers you might possibly be able to wear the navy jacket with them and a cream top or shirt under. Some shades of camel will allow it, mostly the lighter ones.
For the orphan trousers, could you wear a plain scoop neck, long sleeve knit top underneath a shirt or cowl top that went with the trousers, so you were warm and your second layer was underneath the shirt/top rather than on top? Then you could maybe have a waistcoat on as the last layer if you thought you might get too cold in just those two layers? I have a similar arrangement on today and it works for medium-cool days. Just a few thoughts.