Friday, November 21, 2014

Welcome to #stylinghandmade

Lately I've found myself in a rut with my clothes. I tend to wear the same things over and over out of habit. I will never be the person who spends an hour every morning doing my hair and putting on makeup. But I decided that it's too early to give up on myself entirely and just embrace the crazy, so I'm putting the teeniest bit more effort into getting dressed in the morning.

The first thing I did was to clean out my closet. I had many holdovers from my younger years that I'm never going to wear again, so I got rid of them. I also purged many handmades that just weren't quite right for whatever reason. I've made a pledge to make more conscious decisions about what I make and what I purchase. I tend to be more of a process crafter who sometimes makes things just to "see how they work" but I really need to focus on what belongs in my wardrobe and fits my style. I want to have a closet full of pieces that I love to wear.

I'm fascinated by the idea of a capsule wardrobe. I think that narrowing myself to a set number of items feels too limiting, but I do plan to pare down what I wear to the essentials and to dress things up with accessories. I'd like to document this journey on Fridays with #stylinghandmade. I will show off an outfit once a week with at least one handmade piece. I know that sometimes crafters spend many hours making a beautiful detailed garment and then have nothing practical to wear it with. I'm hoping that I can inspire you to pull out those lovely handmades and integrate them into your wardrobe.

This week's edition kicks off with a new crochet shawl design, the Tilt Shift Shawl. The pattern was released today, and I will talk in detail about it later, but for now enjoy the preview.

Psst...the Tilt Shift Shawl pattern is 25% off through the weekend on Ravelry. No coupon code necessary.

Tilt Shift Shawl | Pattern
Darling Ranges Dress | Pattern
Wool Tights |
Fitzwell Boots | similar


  1. What a lovely shawl!

  2. looking forward to fridays! and i LOVE your haircut! you look great. now i'm off to look up that dress pattern.



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