Wardrobe and stash overhauls: finding an advisor
Both the new year and yesterday’s Oprah show about style makeovers have me thinking anew about my sewing and wardrobe goals. On the plus side, I have beautiful fabrics, buttons and patterns in my stash; good sewing skills; a great sewing teacher; and a wonderful local fabric store with classes. I’m complimented on my outfits a lot. I also have the world’s greatest hairdresser. But I see many gaps in my wardrobe and I’m sometimes unsure what styles flatter me. I have ideas for dozens of projects (don’t we all?) but time to execute only a well-chosen few. So I could use an advisor with a trained eye to help me define my style and my needs and use my resources wisely, on an ongoing basis, preferably. I’m thinking that it’s not going to be another pattern, piece of fabric, or even another Threads technique article that’s going to revolutionize my style and wardrobe. It’s going to be a person who knows about fashion and fit who’s interested in me. That last bit–“who’s interested in me”–is the catch. I want to find someone who will discover my look with me, rather than try to impose a look on me. This someone will not try to sell me clothes but will work with me as we design clothes I will sew from those beautiful stashes. And together, we’ll help me develop my own style. So, my quest begins–to find such a person, such a partner. And my questions to you all is, have you ever looked for a fashion advisor for your wardrobe-sewing, and were you successful?