My handmade wardrobe thoughts are currently pretty rampant. I've been looking at shapes, yarns and my queue with fresh eyes. A ransack of my current wardrobe showed me that boxy tees in light fabrics are my staple uniform. Also, I now own 3 denim shift dresses and that's not stopping me looking for more as I rummage in the local charity shops. It's making me realise that I could do a lot more to complement things I already have and develop a stronger style than I usually have. This pleases me as the girl whose socks rarely match.
So I'm reviving my monthly knit list with this top 5 (and a half) wishes for my Handmade Wardrobe.
1. Hesperus by Bristol Ivy
Let's all get on the cocoon shrug band wagon. The Shift dress is a tricky layering piece and I think therefore I need a cardigan with an interesting shape. This is the perfect accompaniment for that shift dress uniform I seem to be falling into. I've been in Berlin for 3 days and I'm already craving this shape in a super urban colour as the cocoon like shrug is a must have round here. Also, Bristol reassures me there's only a very small amount of seaming. Sold!
2. Lobelia by Meghan Fernandes
I think it was while I was pondering my growing aversion to showing my arms that I fell for the cute shape and laceweight appeal of this little cardigan. If I'm going to get over this shift dress thing, I realised that summer dresses with cute skirts and proper waists are inevitably going to mean bare arms. This is where I think the lace weight cropped cardigan needs to make an appearance in my wardrobe. It's also got to be a pretty thrifty make with only 1-2 skeins required for making this unusually girly addition to my wardrobe. I think this kind of garment could be a game changer for me.
3. Lus by Mer Stevens
Talking of lace weight handmades, I am very tempted by this little tee. I love the peephole sleeves and the colourwork. I also keep pondering what would happen if we took out the mohair and put in something a little less allergy inducing. Anyone got any suggestions for good substitutes? I'm all ears because this would get worn and worn over a simple tank as the evenings cool down.
4. Starstruck by Dieuwke Van Mulligan
So how to reconcile these uncharacteristic feminine urges with my love of a good classic tee shape? Well, this newly published pattern doesn't hurt. It has a central lace panel for interest and calls for Walk Collection Delicate Silk. Cathrin's work is impeccable. This was an instant crush for me. I think this would pick up some of my go to days of my favourite pedal pushers made from cut off jeans and sandals (note to self, make more of these as store bought shorts are hideously short).
(Incidentally I was torn between this and Pellucid which I still very much adore).
5. Mitchell by Ysolda Teague.
If you heard the interview recently with Ysolda, you'll know she sparked a lot of this Handmade Wardrobe obsession. It's no surprise to me that she released a pattern that is destined to become a regular part of my wardrobe. I love my baseball tees and jeans in the winter. I occasionally switch for striped long sleeve tee but my love for the baseball tee remains strong. Imagine my delight when Ysolda brings out a cute version with lace sleeves?
So it would seem this month has taught me to recognise my go to shapes and uniform but also where I can grow an existing style into something new and exciting. Interesting....
I'd love to hear yours!