When I make or buy something it has to be something I can get a lot of use out of.

When it comes to clothing, this means something that’s versatile and can be worn for different occasions.

These are the garments I wore most often this past year and will continue to wear. Most of the items I have made myself and others I acquired a long time ago, but they’re still some of my favorite staple pieces that I can wear just about anywhere. They can be mixed and matched to make these outfits and so many more, and best of all they hold up well and will last a long time.


A light-weight, button-up shirt that I made to wear when I’m out and about, teaching, gardening, or hiking.


I didn’t make these green drawstring pants but they’re so comfy and can be paired with many other pieces.


I like a scarf when it’s warm or cold out and this one from Tawa Threads is one of my favorites.


I’ve made a few of these box tops in different colors and prints because they can be worn dressed up and casual. It’s also one of the projects students can learn to make in my garment intensive sewing course.


Simple and very versatile, these black linen pants are another project that students learn to make in my sewing fundamentals class.


A light-weight denim jumper I made with ultrawide legs and, of course, pockets! The sleeveless design enables me to wear a variety of tops for different looks.


This blue crop top is a project one of my sewing students wanted to learn how to make. I make the same project along with my students in online sewing classes so I make one for myself too.


Black corduroy shorts that I made with front pockets that go with everything.


Another often-worn scarf, this one made by my friend.

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