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In previous weeks on the Wardrobe Architect I posted about my past and my present defining my core style and beginning to form ideas about my style identity through a pinterest board. This week is all about reviewing what shapes make me feel happy and comfortable by filling in a grid where I grade from 1-10 based on my enjoyment of those shapes of garment.

I’ve talked previously about struggling with my shape, of being bigger than I would care to be and how I’ve allowed this to dictate my style. I have made some progress with this; since starting Wardrobe Architect I have began sewing (and wearing) garments for myself. I’ve had an internal mixed response to this – I’ve somewhat been in denial and this makes me face up to things that make me uncomfortable, but in doing so its began to help me in accepting myself more (something I’ve always struggled with, whatever my weight). It’s a work in progress but I am definitely experiencing a progress and shift, not only in my sense of style but also in my sense of self.

So, on to this week’s ‘homework’:

Previous to this week, I thought I didnt feel comfortable in many – if any – types of clothing, but seeing the results above show me this just isnt true. Sometimes we need to see something in black and white in order to believe it. Let’s do an analysis:


I like a mid-length, above the knee skirt, that is either a half full, full or A-line (how very vintage of me!). I quite like a high waist length (particularly on a pencil skirt) or a natural waistline, but not a low (I dont think this doesnt anything to enhance what I have).


Above applies to the skirt part of dresses too but I don’t like a high waistband on a dress (actually, thinking about this I beg to differ, there are a couple of dress designs with the waistband under the chest which I really like – I clearly forgot this when doing the quiz). I also quite like a longer length on a dress, though this is dependant on what it is, I would say.

Trousers (pants)

It looks like I love these somewhat fitted but with room to breathe (always nice!), and to either be full leg length of capri length. I quite like a high waist (or thick waistband) with trousers, I think this can be quite slimming.

Tops and Blouses

Again, I like these somewhat fitted, so that you can see the shape of my body (darts are a must, or princess seams) but loose enough that I am not feeling restricted. I like them fairly long, maybe tunic length, to cover my midriff and definately would not go for a cropped top!

Jackets & Blazers

I am not a huge fan of formal jackets and blazers but when I do wear them they would have to be similar to blouses and tops in that they are somewhat fitted but loose enough to breathe.


Ooh I love a cardi! (I must sound about 40 years older than I am!) I hate hate hate having the tops of my arms on show and so a cardi is a must with most of my outfits.I like them somewhat fitted but loose (I sense a theme here) and long enough to cover my tummy but not much longer than that.


I took the term ‘outwear’ to mean coats… and here too I like them fairly loose but with some shape, and to be long enough to cover my bum. Coats are the one garment that I quite like a low waist, I think this is because I can always bring it up by bagging the top part. If it was a formal coat I would like a natural waistline.


I’ll leave you with some pictures from my Wardrobe Architect Pinterest board that go with my analysis:





What do you think? Can you relate with anything I have written? Are you doing the Wardrobe Architect?

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Hobo Bag

It’s been a while since I have updated; I am not sure where the time has gone! I’ve been busy with a mixture of work, play and crafting. It is scary to think Christmas is upon us – the weather has definitely turned sour the last few weeks on the beautiful Isle of Wight. Still, bright side and all of that; more sewing time!

Recently I discovered Creativebug, a subscription online craft tutorials website and I am hooked. They have really good tutorials on there (this isnt an advert of any kind…) . At the moment I am obsessed with making bags and to my joy there are plenty of those tutorials on the site. Recently I have made a Flight bag (which I havent managed to photograph) and a Hobo bag (below). There are also lots of other tutorials on the site and each month you get to download and keep one forever.

The bag below was my first try, a toile of a kind using fabric from my stash. I love the pattern and have bought some new fabric to make another one in but I wanted to share this one with you.






I have been keen to acquire new sewing skills recently so I have been following some on-line tutorials. One thing I have always wanted to do was make piping but it looked really difficult. So when Melanie Ham published this tutorial on Youtube and made it look simple I had to give it a go.

I bought some fabric for the occasion but before I used that I wanted to do a dry run with some of my stash (always a good idea!). Here is what I used to make a cushion cover with piping.

  • Quilting fabric (20×20 inches, 20×14 (x2))
  • Co-ordinating thread
  • Piping cord
  • Pre-cut bias tape

I won’t go into a step-by-step as Melanie already does that very well on the link above; suffice it to say it was so simple!

When I was making the piping out of cord and bias tape it really fed itself through, I didn’t even need to use pins. I was dreading attaching it to the fabric as I knew if I went wrong it would be here but it was plain sailing. It went on like a dream. I did put a second row of stitches over the first row when putting the back covers on top just to ensure the piping would look as good as possible but other than that I didn’t do anything different to Melanie.

Here is the finished item:




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