Thursday, June 24, 2010


You know that quote from Thoreau? "Beware of all enterprises that require new clothes" or something like that? I've thought of this quote often over the past couple of years, while participating in Wardrobe Refashion. I mean, no, Thoreau wasn't telling us to turn those jeans into a skirt or shop at thrift shops, but I have found myself in a few situations where I've found myself with a gap in my wardrobe due to new circumstances and that quote always comes to mind.
Last summer, I needed a swimsuit and deemed it within the rules to buy one. Would Thoreau question my need to go snorkeling in Italy? Well, I might have gotten stung by a medusa if I hadn't been careful, but it was a fabulous experience and I'm glad I did it.

This summer, I have a different need: Clothes that are loose, cool, and modest. I confess, I bought a few things to try out, but in order to honor my pledge, I decided to return them and go it the Wardrobe Refashion route instead.

Turning to my fabric stash, I found a few yards of a natural colored linen. Perfect! I used Simplicity 7092, which I've used before to make pajama pants. Worst part of the experience: I sewed the legs together inside out. Best part of the experience: I learned how to use the automatic buttonholer on the Bernina. Yay, me!

Rounding out the "collection" is a trio of thrift shop shirts (no more than $4 each) and a gauzy scarf I scored for $2 at Salvation Army. Isn't it pretty?

So does anyone (who doesn't already know) want to guess the purpose of this mini-wardrobe? And don't even THINK about suggesting I'm pregnant!


Fiona said...

My guess about your new wardrobe (which I love, specially the trousers) is that you are going somewhere really hot but you want to cover up, may be for cultural reasons in the place that you're going to - Egypt perhaps? Just a guess.

Anonymous said...

I would agree with Fiona about the hot weather but cultural modesty idea. I had a good friend who was working in Bangladesh for a while and she found she had to definitely stay covered up.

I must gently hint that the forbidden thought had been lurking in a corner of my mind.


Denise said...

You're flying somewhere? Cause those would be awful comfy and long pants cause the air conditioner might be a tad cold on the airplane.

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Samina said...

So, where are you going? Inquiring minds & all that...

KLS said...

I love everything!
Perfect choices.

langevoort said...

I know, I know....could it be a vacation to Morocco!