Introducing The Wendy Project

Hello sewists!

I have been thinking about my wardrobe and my style a lot this week. It has struck me that I don’t really know if I have a style anymore and, if I do, I don’t really know what my style is. I’m 40 years-old now and, while I knew exactly what I wanted to wear in my 20s, these days I really don’t know what I am doing.


I am a terrible shopper – I buy things that I think I like but I don’t put any thought into how they might make me feel, if they go with anything else, how often I might wear them. As a result,  I have things in my wardrobe that I have worn once or twice. Things that are OK but nothing much that really suits me and makes me feel great. I’m hoping that my newly reignited sewing mojo will eventually result in a fully handmade wardrobe but I fear that, unless I take action, I am going to end up in the same situation I am with my ready-to-wear clothes – stuck with a bunch of ill thought out me-made items that I don’t want to wear.

So taking is action is exactly what I am going to do. I am starting my own personal challenge on here,  The Wendy Project,  to rediscover my personal style and learn how to plan better for a me-made wardrobe that suits me and my lifestyle.


Things I already know about my style:

  • I have always loved vintage clothes. My handmade wardrobe must include elements of vintage style.
  • In the past I would have said my style was cute and quirky. While I don’t think age should be a barrier to what we choose to wear, I don’t feel that the cute and quirky outfits of my twenties are going to look that great in my forties. I need to find an age appropriate way to do cute and quirky or re-evaluate if this is really me anymore.
  • I am pretty good at picking out lovely skirts and dresses to wear for work but my off duty clothing is pretty much limited to jeans/jeggings and t-shirts/jumpers. Lazy dressing that has got stuck in a rut and really doesn’t feel like me. I want to have stylish and comfy off duty clothes.
  • I am fairly slim with an hourglass shape and big boobs. I like quite fitted clothing and fit and flare silhouettes.  I have a bit of a tummy and I don’t much like my legs. Generally I am quite body-positive but I consider these to be my ‘problem’ areas
  • I have never been very good at accessorising. I have a feeling that some good accessories would really  help me when pulling a look together.

The next thing I am going to do is have a look in my wardrobe and pick up to five things that I love and that I feel good wearing, to see if that gives me any help in discovering my style. I’ll be back with a blog on this later in the week, so make sure you come back if this is something that interests you.

Back to the sewing…

In other news,  my Anise jacket is now all cut out and underlined. Hoping to get a good amount of it sewed up this week, including my first ever attempt at bound button holes.

Also, I am looking to upgrade my sewing machine soon and thinking about getting a Brother Innov-is 100 but still undecided. If you have any sewing machine recommendations I would love to hear them!

Wendy x



  1. This is something I would love to do myself. I’m in my twenties right now and I have no idea what I want to wear, or what my “style” really is, it is interesting that you feel your personal style was “more put together” (for lack of a better term) in your twenties than in your forties… I was hoping if would be the opposite!

    If you have time you should look at a copy of The Lost Art of Dress by Linda Przybyszewski! She doesn’t go through exactly how to dress for particular features (body shapes, or hair/eye/skin colour) but she does go through the basic principles. I found the book an enjoyable read, and it laid out the foundation for personal dress, as well as citing so many other sources for more information on dress and style! My personal favorite part was when she detailed the exceedingly tiny “capsule wardrobes” that women used to have, sometimes only 10 pieces total (including coats!), meanwhile I have a huge closet and nothing to wear…

    To make a long comment short: I’m excited to see this project!

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    • Thanks Clemence. I am so glad it excites you! I think in my twenties I was fearless and I had the kind of figure that looked good wearing anything! Then I gained some weight and instead of learning to love my new curves and learn to dress for them, I lost my confidence and hid behind boring sweaters and jeans. I figured that nothing would look good on me now so what is the point in trying (seriously I am a UK12/US8, I am hardly obese!) and from there I have just got lost in a style rut. I lost my sewing mojo for years because of this too. And I would deliberately sew things in the wrong size “to slim into”!
      Thank you so much for the book recommendation. I have just ordered myself a copy and can’t wait to read it! I love things like that.


  2. I have been on a RTW fast for a couple of years now. I’ve been sewing outfits and garments and odds and ends for a while now too. Now my closet is full and I still think “I have nothing to wear!” Not meaning to recommend anything but I watched an online course on dressing your style and colour. I didn’t feel some of the ideas worked for me but others I am looking forward to trying. One idea was – If you can pick out a jacket/cardigan, top, pants and skirt in a solid colour and then pick out the same garments in a complimentary colours or patterns – then the opportunity to mix and match these are many. They say if you stick with this plan then every item in your closet will match with other items in your closet. I’m looking forward to pulling everything out of my closet and see how many things I can mix and match… and keep!

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