In my post on Monday I briefly mentioned the handmade wardrobe challenge I’ve given myself in 2016 , or more accurately the two challenges I’ve given myself:


  1. Do not buy any clothes (not a thing)
  2. Make any new items I want/need


Why am I doing this? Well, it all started when I read Marie Kondo’s Book The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing and decided to go through my over-stuffed closet and purge.


Which I did. Dramatically.


As I was sorting through my piles and bagging up most things for donation one thing really stood out to me, I had a lot of what I call “fast fashion” – cheap, poorly made items that I probably bought because, you know,  “It’s only $5!” – but I didn’t have many quality items I really loved. I also noticed that I had very few handmade items, even though I pride myself as being someone who has the skills to make their own clothes.


So, my challenges were born. I guess my goal is to build myself a wardrobe of classic, quality pieces that I love and push myself to put my sewing and knitting skills to work.


What fun items do I have on my to-make list? So happy you asked! (I’m very excited, can you tell?) My winter to-make list looks like this:

DIY Wardrobe - BurdayStyle Coat


 Coat #120A, 12/2010

Pattern & Photo by BurdaStyle Magazine

 Yeah, I’m starting with a big one. As you do. Think the J. Crew Lady Day in a classic camel colour. I’ve already bought my fabric and am about to start my muslin. I’m curious about adding thinsulate lining….but I’m not 100% sure where to find it in Toronto.


DIY Wardrobe - Lark Tee

Lark Tee

Pattern & Photo by Grainline Studio

 I love almost every pattern by Grainline Studio, but I’ve decided my first to try will be the Lark Tee. I’m a novice when it comes to sewing with knits so this looks like a good item to get my feet wet.




 Oshima Sweater

Pattern & Photo by Brooklyn Tweed

Here’s where I start getting into the knits! I started this sweater in November with KnitPicks sport weight Wool of the Andes in Bramble Heather and I’m really excited to start wearing it.


DIY Wardrobe - Twist Cowl



 Twist Cowl

Pattern & Photo by All About Ami

So this is really just an excuse to use up some bulky yarn and learn how to crochet! Look how cute this cowl is! I’m excited and a little terrified (none of my crochet adventures have gone well so far…


DIY Wardrobe - Favorki Hat 


 Favorki Hat 

Pattern & Photo by Agata Smektala

 I am in desperate need of a new winter hat and this pattern is interesting enough it should keep my busy on my commute to and from work (yes, I knit on the train). This one I’ve also already started using some Knit Picks worsted Wool of the Andes in Cilantro Heather.





Do you have handmade items in your wardrobe? What are you planning on making? Any great patterns I should try? Let me know!



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