I’m currently having a small wardrobe crisis at the moment.
Over the Easter weekend, I’ve gone from this:
Australia’s record-breaking summer and the UK’s winter lingering into autumn and spring respectively meant that the change in temperature from Australia to the UK was a lot more noticeable than when I moved from UK to Australia at Easter in 1995.
I’ve spent the last week gradually acclimatising. The first couple of days of being back in England I spent shivering from cold and from fatigue as a result of having spent the last month being stressed and over tired from moving combined with jet lag from moving 10 hours across time zones. British Summer Time started the day I arrived so at least there was only one clock change to deal with.
I’m currently living in a very small selection of clothes .Australia had not really started putting out the winter clothes when I left and the UK stores have their spring and summer stock. I have 3 long sleeve tops, two tops that can be layered over them, a very light jacket, a coat, and two jumpers that do not fit under the jacket or coat comfortably. I have plenty of scarves but only 1 pair of gloves. This is why I’m having a wardrobe crisis. Hopefully the weather shall keep improving here so this becomes less of an issue but I really need to do something about this before next winter.
One of the reasons I lack winter clothes, apart from haven’t not needed many for a while, comes back to issues of fit. All long sleeve tops restrict my arm movement and layering makes this even more uncomfortable. The fact that clothing is really too long in the upper body for me is even more noticeable in winter weight clothes. My coat is riding up badly on my neck to the point I’ve had headaches from wearing it. I’ve stayed indoors yesterday and today just to have a couple of headache free days. This is why I’ve made the sewlution to get a shirt and jacket to fit. Working out fitting and any sewing of new clothes is going to have to wait until the shipping container with the household contents arrives in the UK.
Once I get the fit down to make it worth my while to make winter clothes, I need to figure out what pieces I need and how many of each. The last time of I was living in England was in the early to mid 90s which, by looking at weather graphs, seem to have been warmer years then what England has been experiencing of late. I seem to have the problem of trying to figure out how to dress for weather that I’ve only experienced as a milder of version of. My pattern stash also seems to lack pieces suitable for layering. I have enough shirt and long sleeve top patterns as well as planty of outerwear but none really suitable for layering between them. So I need to find some patterns that I like enought to make and wear as well. Or stop being so picky about what I will and will not wear.