Handmade Styling: Cozy Winter Blues
It’s one thing to make a garment you love, but often another to incorporate it seamlessly into your wardrobe - at least that's what we hear from our customers all of the time. One of the many questions I get is if I can talk about how I mix and match my handmade items with my ready-to-wear garments to create a wardrobe that is balanced and really reflects your personal style. Obviously, as I mentioned in my last post, this process will be different for each and every person, but I’m hoping that showing the way that I mix and match 6 different handmade garments into outfits will get your creativity flowing and that you can imagine how you might apply a similar technique to your own wardrobe. This post contains a lot of information about ease. In case you’re not familiar there are a few points about ease you should be aware of. First off there is wearing ease - the amount you add to your actual body measurements so that you can move in a garment. If you’ve ever noticed that the finished garment measurements are larger than the body measurements, that’s wearing ease. Ease can also be added to enlarge a garment or subtracted to tighten it. This only works to a point though, you’ll never reduce ease to turn an a-line dress into a fitted one, it simply will stop fitting your body at the bodice, and adding too much additional ease to a garment can make it way too large on you. Playing with ease takes some getting used to but once you’ve nailed it it’s a very useful tool in your wardrobe arsenal. Personally I love layering so in this post I’ll be mixing the above 6 handmade items with a pair of RTW jeans, ankle boots, and the bag I carry daily. I’ve always been sensitive to temperature and my family likes to joke that I have a +/- 5 degree range of comfort at all times (it’s true). Due to this I’m almost never wearing one layer of clothing, or if I am, I’ve definitely got another layer with me in my bag. I’ve chosen the following garments because each of them was made in a specific way to fit a specific purpose in my wardrobe. That and the fact that they all play well together, though that’s not an accident as you’ll see below.
- Archer Button Up by Grainline Studio
- Martine Pullover by Julie Hoover
- BFF Socks by Cookie A
- Bellows Cardigan by Michele Wang for Brooklyn Tweed
- Lark Tee by Grainline Studio
- Wedding Coat - personal pattern