How to Start Personalizing Your Wardrobe as a Complete Beginner Knitter and sewist?
In my last post I already touched upon the idea of letting the contents of your existing wardrobe tell you what you need to start making first - knitted or sewn items. Now, just because I teach knitting and sewing doesn't mean that I expect everyone who expresses an interest in learning those skills, to want all of their wardrobe to be handmade. Here's a secret: I don't have my closet filled with handmade items. In fact, only a fraction of my current wardrobe is handmade, but the handmade ones are in constant circulation. So, personalizing your wardrobe doesn't mean that you have to make all your clothes and accessories, and that takes us to the first tip on how to start personalizing your wardrobe as a complete beginner maker. (I have a short video at the end of this post if you'd rather listen and watch.)
Tip #1: Start with an accessory
Accessories are the fastest and easiest projects to learn knitting and sewing with as they are usually considerably smaller than full size garments. As a complete beginner, a bigger project can feel too overwhelming and you're perhaps not quite sure whether you will be satisfied with your first project. Therefore, it's better to practice with something smaller that is easier to tackle and that doesn't require so much materials and time to make.
Tip #2: Choose a color you would wear
You're perhaps not going to fulfill your wildest wardrobe dreams as a beginner knitter or sewist, instead, it's wiser to start with a simple project to avoid the overwhelm. And, especially, if "simple" is not your style, compensate that on choosing a color that you see yourself actually wearing. Your first project may not be perfect, but if you chose the color wisely, you are guaranteed to like it more.
Tip #3: Determine your goal
Initially, I didn't begin my knitting and sewing journey with the idea of wanting to make all my clothes. I had learned the very basics of both skills as a child (you can read my story here) but when I started to knit and sew again a bit more "seriously" as an adult, my first thoughts were to do something meaningful in my free time. The idea of wanting to make at least the majority of my clothes developed somewhere along the way.
So, you're knitting and sewing goal doesn't need to be set in stone. When you want to learn the absolute basics of knitting and sewing, you probably just want your first item to be usable or wearable. And that's perfectly attainable.
I'm all about making garments and accessories for a specific need instead of making just for fun and then not knowing what to do with the finished project you have in your hands. To save your time and to concentrate on doing things that are actually useful, I encourage you to go through your wardrobe and see what's missing from your wardrobe and decide what type of things you want to make yourself to meet your wardrobe needs. But if you need some clarity on what it is that you actually need in your wardrobe to begin with, I suggest you download the 6 Sustainable Steps that I created specifically for you to get an idea of what you actually need so that you don't have to spend your time making something that you wouldn't wear. You can get the download below.
Comment below if you have questions about personalizing your wardrobe or about embarking on your knitting and sewing journey? I'd love to hear your comments and answer your questions.