Years ago I had a VHS tape (remember those) called Look Changers by Judith Rasband. I had seen her at a seminar at Nancy's Notions Sewing Weekend. She was teaching people how to coordinate a wardrobe so you could get a million looks from like two and a half pieces of clothing, a purse and a burlap sack.
I exaggerate, but that was the theme. She made core groupings of things like jeans, a white shirt and a red sweater, then added a jacket, another pair of pants and a scarf, a skirt and a tee shirt. From this outfit, by changing accessories, you could get anywhere from three to ten outfits and you could look different every day. Supposedly people would not notice that you wore the same sweater six times.
|This is NOT Judith's rack. Hers was much more color coordinated.|
|The female body types... that's me, second from right. ;-)|
- I'm short. Most of the pants and skirts being sold today fit the 'average' woman. Even the ones that say "Short" on the label are very often too long. So even if I bought them, I still have to hem them up.
- I know how to make pants, but when I get into my sewing room, I get distracted by the shiny stuff of beaded bracelets and patchwork. It's like I'm a cocker spaniel and I just saw a squirrel!
- I'm above average sized. I don't look good in every style out there. Yes, I should lose 10 or 50 pounds.
- I find a lot of designers are making ugly clothes. They might look good on a 16 year old, or a model. Not so much on me.
- I love colors, almost all of them. I like patterns more than plain things. It's hard for me to put on a plaid skirt and a printed blouse no matter now many times I see it on the runway.
- I'm cheap. I often say "I'm not paying $40 for THAT, I could make it for $10." And my daughter will give me that look and say "Yes, mom, but WILL YOU?"
- I think more is better. Less is not more. More is more. If I find a sweater I like in blue, and it also comes in green, red, and black, I want them all. And four red sweaters are better than one.
- The Goodwill is my favorite shopping place. I can get more there.