The Savvy Sage of Sewing Stimulation

Investment Wardrobe

In the blogosphere this is called many things from capsule wardrobe to high-end wardrobe, but the meaning is the same:  fill your closet with a few very excellent things and take out the crap!!!  Sorry for the French, but it’s the truth!

I discovered this darling cute book called Lessons from Madame Chic: 20 Stylish Secrets I Learned While Living in Paris.  It’s really a mouthful and a mindful.  From the minute I opened the book to chapter 4, I couldn’t believe my eyes….this is how I had been living for years and someone finally concisely wrote it down!!!



If you think that while I was sewing and being the social butterfly at the same time, I had time to sit and sew a gazillion designer ensembles (IF I could have gotten the fabric, which was another variable), I didn’t.  Being social meant volunteering, meetings, organizing, luncheons and a lot of other things and that meant I couldn’t be in my studio sewing all the time.  I just didn’t have the time for it.

But that also meant I had spectacular clothes – for balls, luncheons, volunteering at the local Y or women’s shelter or just doing plain ole work like cleaning out the file room in the basement of headquarters – – all that stuff required a pretty varied wardrobe.

But here’s the amazing thing.  I did it with investment clothing.  My clothing that I designed and made was so far and above what my friends were buying for 10 times what I was paying, and half the time it wasn’t even their color.

I remember once a friend had on a jacket that was to die for – perfect color and shape for me.  So I made a jacket in her color exactly like it, and traded her cause I told her this jacket would go with more clothes and be better for her.  Yeah, I know, Bossy, but later she told me I was right!!!

I missed the whole fill-up-your-closet-with-as-much-as-you-can-and-shop-every-2-weeks-for-clothes-whether-you-need-them-or-not phase, until  much later.


But it did, and after reading about Jennifer’s Madame Chic, the first of the year, I went through all my biking and hiking gear and pulled out everything I didn’t think I was wearing, and put it in the basement.  My thinking was that if I needed it was there, but if I didn’t about 3 months later, I would give it away or toss it, depending upon the condition.

Guess what – I even added to it as the 3 months went along, and people, I am here to tell you the relief and joy I feel when I open my closet.  I don’t have to go through all those yoga pants that never worked or I wore once.  I only have the really good ones, so there’s about 2 or 3 pairs and poof I can find immediately what I want and I’m out the door.

Jennifer has some great little videos that are a great way to start.  If you are at all tired of the over-stuffed, nothing-to-wear closet staring back at you – this is EXACTLY how to fix it.  Enjoy these videos, then try this – pull out the 10 or so most special ensembles and pack the rest away – just try it for 3 months.  Notice how easy it is to pull something out of your closet and go.  It may seem like this is a little like you’re going backwards, and it really doesn’t sound reasonable or workable, but just try it.

Here are some of my favorites of Jennifer’s videos:






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