People here often ask me where I am from. When I answer Florida, they smile and quickly ask if I miss home. Of course they think of Florida as a sunny holiday destination. They assume that I must miss the sunshine. In January/February this is true. But of course, in January/February they miss the sun too! The UK is a very, friendly, easy place for an American to come. Even if the particular American is not of British descent, there is so much cultural commonality beyond just language that it is easy to "fit in" and make friends. The only thing that I really miss is space! Most of America is spacious. Houses are big. Gardens are big. Car parking spaces are big. Road layouts are generous. Basically, there is plenty of "elbow room." England, taken alone, is now the most crowded country in Europe. If you look at the UK as a whole then, the Netherlands is the most crowded.
So, I can't reasonably expect to have much closet space. And I don't. Check it out.
|Frankly, I had more hanging space in my last university dorm room! I don't help myself either, the top shelf is fabric, and the next shelf down is empty shoe boxes!|
|The small white chest of drawers is mine. The big pine one is my husband's. Mine was left in our house by the previous owners. We keep looking for one big piece of furniture to replace these two. After 4 years, we haven't found one.|
|I do have a little over-flow space in a big drawer under the bed.|
I don't poke around other people's bedrooms, but I believe this is a skimpy amount of clothes storage space, even by English standards. It's not a problem though. I don't really have a lot of clothes to store anyway. And, I actually only wear a tiny percentage of these clothes! Many are over 10 years old and I keep them because they are too "good" to throw away even though they don't fit or are out of style and far from being "vintage." Perhaps my daughters someday will appreciate those torn up jeans covered in Kuna Indian Molas, or the slinky cotton sheath dress custom made in Abidjan out of West African cotton? And how about all those beautiful silk charmeuse scarves from 10 years ago when I was a corporate middle manager? Still pretty. Or, the workout gear from 15 years ago that never got worn out. Could I wear it out in a lifetime? Do I look silly at Zumba classes in it? Don't I look silly doing Zumba in any case?
I think I am justified in saying that I actually do need a few more clothes. I'd like to focus my sewing now on what I need, rather than sewing whatever looks new and fun. I could just go out and buy a bunch of basics, but it would eat into my sewing budget, gasp! And none of it would fit very well. Tiny adjustments, like flaring out tshirts at the hips, etc. make a world of difference for me. So, while it's not my intention to sew everything for myself for the sake of it, I could help myself a lot if I got moving with a disciplined sewing plan.
What about you? Do you sew to fill needs? Or do you sew because it's just so much fun, and don't care whether you will actually wear the results much? Or, perhaps you have even less clothes storage space, and wonder what I am fussing about!