Making Your Own Wardrobe – Wardrobe Essentials


One of the coolest hobbies you can have is sewing. Not only can you fix old articles of clothing that have become damaged in some way, you can create your own clothes from scratch and enjoy the empowerment that comes from your ability to do so. In this article, we will start on the topic of making your own wardrobe of clothing. First stop? Wardrobe essentials!

Know How to Sew

The first thing you need to make sure of is that, you guessed it, you know how to sew! If you don’t quite know how to sew yet, look into taking a class or if you know someone who can make clothing, ask for one-on-one lessons. The way I learned how to sew was by diving right in and purchasing an inexpensive sewing machine that could do all the basics. Then, I asked a dear friend for lessons, once per week, and after learning some helpful tips from her I continued my education with YouTube videos.

I can’t recommend practicing each day enough. Start with a simple project, such as a pillow case or place mats, and allow yourself to grow from there. Soon, you’ll be whipping up complex and beautiful designs that you can be proud of!

Wardrobe Essentials

So you know how to sew! Congratulations! That is a HUGE step in being able to make your own wardrobe. Before you actually sit down to the sewing machine, however, you will want to write out a list of the essentials. What we mean by this is create a list of basics that every girl needs hanging in her closet that will work well together. Lifestyle, career, and where you live has a lot to do with what is essential to you, but here is a general list of wardrobe essentials:


  • The LBD (Little Black Dress)
  • 4 Summer Dresses
  • 2 Fall/Winter Dresses
  • Fun Night Out Dress (bold)
  • Formal Night Out Dress (fitted)
  • 2 Casual Business Dresses


  • 6 Tank Tops (4 casual, 2 work appropriate)
  • 5 Sweaters (3 casual, 2 work appropriate)
  • 2 Casual Long-Sleeved Tops
  • 4 Simple Tees
  • 2 Classic Camisoles (lace-free)


  • Jeggings/Skinny Jeans
  • Black Leggings
  • 3 Pairs of Regular Jeans
  • Black Pencil Skirt
  • Comfortable Pants


  • 3 Cardigans
  • 2 Zip Sweaters
  • Winter Jacket
  • Spring Jacket/Raincoat

Breaking It All Down

We mentioned above that it’s important for each piece to go well together. That means similar styles and colors. The reason why this is important is you want to be able to start with the basics and mix-and-match. A good rule of thumb is to stick with neutral colors. Black, navy, gray, khaki, and white are all wonderful examples of neutral colors. And while there is nothing wrong with designs and patterns on the fabric you choose to sew with, make sure that each pattern will go well together, and certainly have some plain options that you can wear with those bearing patterns.

For example, consider the general list of wardrobe essentials above. You can have 4 summer dresses, which means they should be practical for warmer weather. But they do not all have to look alike! One dress can be plain white, one dress can have a pattern of black and white horizontal stripes, one dress can be plain candy apple red, and another dress can have multi-colored flowers on the fabric. If you feel like layering, having a cardigan that is plain and one that is patterned can help spice up the wardrobe. Your patterned cardigan can go well with your plain dresses, and vice versa.

Having the basics is the foundation you want to start with when making your own wardrobe. That certainly doesn’t mean you can’t add more garments to the list if you like.

The next time we talk about making a wardrobe, we will share tips and tricks on how to create the clothing, so stay tuned!

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