I often wonder who this everywoman is, and what her life must be like. I suppose it depends on each magazine's readership.
For example, here's Matchbook's 50 classics:
But my little sister, would have a good laugh at this list. Being a "creative", she has very different ideas of what wardrobe essentials are (super skinny leather trousers; 100 gold bangles; ginormous sunglasses, etc). In fact, we can no longer enjoy shopping together as there have been too many "ugh, hideous - I wouldn't be caught dead in that... but it might look good on you" moments (said by her, I add).
And while I was pondering wardrobe essentials, Kestrel's post on planning your sewing popped up on my reader. And that got me thinking. Why do I sew what I sew? Is it essential? (Probably not - I definitely don't need any more clothes!) Since I've started sewing, I've mostly stopped shopping because what's available in the shops just doesn't seem worth the price (and is usually poorly made/fitting). But blogs seem to have become my new shopping: I must have a Minoru like Karen's; Scruffy Badger will make a top that I simply can't live without; Marie will make a whole bunch of tees that I'm suddenly desperate for; MMM12 will come along and I'll be so inspired by what everyone else has made that I want to make it too!
So, I'm taking a step back. While I might not actually have a formal plan for my sewing (too easily distracted), I'm definitely going to give a lot of thought to what I sew. Here's my new three-stage test for each make (the WWW):
- What? (With the sub-questions "Seriously?" and "Will that even suit me?")
- Why? (Answers such as "because XYZ made one, it's so cute, and I want one too" are not acceptable.)
- What will I wear it with? (Must consider shoes. Answers such as "pffft - I'll think about that later" are not acceptable.)
Sewing is supposed to be fun for me, so I don't want to become too draconian about it. But a little bit of organisation is called for, I think. Let's see how long I keep this up.
What about you? How do you approach your sewing? Do you have a masterplan? A season-plan? (Me-made) Wardrobe essentials? or do you just sew what you fancy?