Six items, more or less

September 30, 2010

Finally the month with the specific six items of clothing only is over! (Read more here). I feel this way even if I got the easy way out. I wore my “official” clothes in many locations so I didn’t have to worry about people seeing me in the same outfit over and over again. And I spent a lot of time in my cozy home clothes, woolen pants and the like. Weather is getting colder so wool is my everyday choice!

In the end there was no need to reveal more than the four items that I chose to this challenge. Other stuff I wore fell into the fine print. The results (aka thoughts in my head) came to me quite early on so I really encourage others to try this too, even if the month is over and you wouldn’t follow it by the book.

1. I have a lot of clothes. I wear only a fraction of them regularly. My excuses are: I can’t throw out items that might work after a few alterations or might feel nice after some time spent in storage (you know the feeling “Hey, I have this and it’s great – I’m sure gonna wear it now”) or are just filled with memories or vintage enough.

2. When purchasing new items of clothing later in life I want to fit them in the “six items stack” if possible. That way they might have a better chance of not burying in the back of my closet and mind. This also means quality over quantity.

3. Wearing the same outfits more often (in a row) is easy and quick, but rather boring. Unless you’re good with accessories. So, here’s my inspiration for using what I’ve already got in more ways. Bye-bye boredom. Welcome imagination, courage and new combinations from my closet (or something like that as I’m living in an old house under construction constantly)!

Here’s Project Uniform, an interesting ‘one little black dress all year’ project (May 2009-April 2010).

PS. Still don’t like my blue shirt all that much and could have chosen my four or six with a little more deliberation.


My blue six items shirt definately needed some colour. A splash of sparkle never hurts either… So here’s my latest DIY made from a preloved girl size tank top. Just scissors and a fold this time. I’ll use the top part in another DIY.

Curtain meets old dress

September 20, 2010

This preloved dress (on a DIY duct tape dummy) had some stains, cuts and holes in it, and had lost some buttons.¬†I shortened the sleeves to get rid of some stains and the overall feeling of detrition. Final touch came with some golden buttons and a preloved curtain from my stash. I’m not completely happy with the results because the dress doesn’t move naturally enough and the mended holes are visible in the back. But hey, the dress survived one party already!

Four out of six

September 13, 2010

I started the six items -challenge wearing this. The long-sleeved blue shirt is counted as an undergarment as I need many warm layers. Viscose wrinkles easy which is not fun to show either. I bought this drifted shirt some years ago from Kierr√§tyskeskus but haven’t used it until now. Maybe because it’s a bit boring. At least the shirt gets worn now, and definitely for the price of 20 cents worth.

Finally found the missing skirt paired up with the same shirt and cardigan.

While I’m working on a new project (that got a new turn) here’s a holiday memory from Agra, India last March. Before the trip I combined a preloved shirt and a top that was a bit too large, and turned it upside down. The girls standing in the back wanted to take a picture with me and I was very glad to save this image of their beautiful outfits. During the journey several photos were taken of this western tourist wearing pretty much the same clothes through North India. I really dressed up for Taj Mahal like everyone else but it’s easy to spot the eye candy here.

Yesterday I stumbled on a challenge to wear six items or less for the entire September. I had to jump in! As it was already the first day I included that day’s wardrobe: a pair of jeans, a preloved blue blouse and a discarded white cardigan. This morning I couldn’t find the skirt (see: discarded pants get more lives) I was looking for soon enough so back to the jeans I went. This is exciting! My saviour will be the small print of the deal. Outside clothes, shoes, undergarments, accessories, party outfits and sportswear are excluded along with some cozy stuff you wear at home.

Uusi Musta also encourages everyone to make their own rules for the challenge. I will use the word undergarments loosely because I don’t want to do laundry every day just for this challenge. And I choose to add all items remade during September to the list of six. (Well, my list is still at four). Today my inspiration comes from preloved shirts and paillettes like in this Jose Castro dress (fall 09). Photo via outsapop.

Party outfit

September 2, 2010

I celebrated my graduation in July and remade some items for my party outfit. A preloved skirt got some dye, tighting (also to hide some holes so I simply left the holes under the pleat). The hem lace came from a discarded cardigan which was washed with some Indian clothes (sure to lose colour in wash). The formerly boring blouse became wearable with some trimming.

Photo credits to my cousin E