I don’t know about you but I’ve never found wardrobe basics to be all that easy to find. It should be like the name says: basics should be readily available, they should be classic, and go with everything. And some say they are.
A few weeks ago I stumbled upon an Instagram post that stuck with me. It was a picture of handmade t-shirts with a caption I might be misremembering now (if so, I’m sorry). The author of the post seemed to be wondering whether it’s really worth making something you could easily find in RTW. It’s a fair question — we all like to sew different things — but my experience with RTW basics couldn’t be different from that person’s.
Perhaps basics hide when I go shopping (I’m not even joking), but over the years I was able to find just a few basics — t-shirts and simple skirts — that fit me well and actually could be paired with multiple items. I would wear them threadbare, hoping that another basic piece would eventually come along as a good replacement. That meant waiting out a lot of trends I didn’t like. And walking around in clothes well past their prime.
Sewing my own basics pieces has been a revolution in my wardrobe. They may not make for the most exciting sewing, they may not be easy to photograph or write about but they’re fantastic in their own quiet way.
What’s your experience with basics?
Pattern: a mashup of the Deer and Doe Plaintain Tee and the SBCC Tonic Tee (both free!)
Fabric: rayon knit from Girl Charlee
Notions: polyester sew-all thread paired with woolly nylon in the bobbin
Pattern: a circle skirt salvaged from a failed attempt at a McCall’s dress, with an added waistband and added side-pockets salvaged from an RTW tunic (so much salvage!)
Fabric: linen/rayon blend from Joann Fabrics
Notions: thread, self-made bias tape for seam binding, Hug Snug for the hem
more skirt details on Kollabora