Say No to fast fashion | step 1 Identify what works

Say No to fast fashion

It is almost 2 years since I last wrote about wardrobe planning and it has been too long. My style and the colours I long for have changed since then. Last time I planned to eliminate all black and go for navy instead, now I want black (this is new for me, I have always avoided black until a year ago), really deep black leggings and a nice skirt and a blouse have become my standard outfit for all semi-formal occasions.

The garment in my wardrobe that I wear the most

Appart from leggings that I wear almost every day and underwear. This will be cold whether inside as I’m freezing a lot and autumn has definitely arrived.


Zinnia 50's blouse Delphine mimi skirt blouse Delphine skirt remake yellow skirt


Velvet Washi dress teachers dress manchester Kimono Sleeve dress Robe brigitte


Tap shorts Alice blouse tap shors Alice top 50's blouse


Mmmay15 nancy zinnia Veste Bernadette Forest cardigan Argo Washi dress Kerrera cardigan outfit

I want all the new things I make to really fit in with what I already have, I have started to slow down in my personal knitting and sewing as I do when I feel like I have filled my needs. My crafting is driven by “necessity” even if it is an imaginary need. I love to sew fancy dresses, to make pyjamas and coats, but for some reason I just stop making for myself when my wardrobe is full. Instead I make gifts or stock up baby cloths but at a much slower rate. I think that this is healthy and only wish that I could keep my reasoning from the down time when I’m in a making frenzy as this two phases go back and forth in my life.

Going forward I want to keep my head in the frenzy phase where all I want is to make the latest indie pattern, I think that I’ve been a little better for the past year but improvement is still needed. I want to make sure before I start that this item will be something I will love and use until it can no longer be repaired.

From the most used garments, I look at them and see them as shapes, this is what works well for me. 

  • A-line skirts
  • loose fitting blouses
  • warm semi fitted cardigans with long lines
  • marked under-bust/high waist dresses with loose skirts
  • details details details, I am so much more likely to like and wear any thing with a collar, lace, lots of button plates, yoke details and so on.

Please share you thoughts in the comments or a link, I’d love to hear what you think.

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6 thoughts on “Say No to fast fashion | step 1 Identify what works

  1. Jane

    I so love that velvet Washi Dress! I might even have to copy that idea…. I think my preferred silhouette is similar to yours. I have the same sort of body shape. So my list would be very close to yours!

    1. docksjo Post author

      Thank you, I love it and wear it all the time am actually going to wear it today for a baptism, where I need to be able to run around and look nice, I’m the photographer. Good luck with yours.

  2. Sabine

    I think making only what you really love and need and then crafting for others is such a nice philosophy. It seems we’re encouraged and tempted to buy so many things we don’t need all the time. It’s refreshing to see you approach things from a sustainability viewpoint. 🙂

    1. docksjo Post author

      Thank you that is the point I if only one more them me think a little about there habits because of this I’m really happy and seeing the response this far is amazing.

    1. docksjo Post author

      Thank you, I think most people me included are surprised by how little you actually need and how liberating it is to only have a few good pieces instead of a bunch of stuff that you don’t know if their good or not.


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