Being basic is a superpower if you know how to use it. Basic fabrics are fundamental in our wardrobes, and knowing how to make the most of them is like a good life hack—once you discover it, you make it a standard practice. Typically, basic fabrics are 100% of a single fiber count and solid in color.
Basic fabrics are ideal for a minimalist’s wardrobe full of staple pieces. Beyond that, basic fabrics are fundamentally the backbone of the textile industry. Fashion is a great creative outlet full of wacky prints and out-of-the-world silhouettes. Trendy pieces are fun to have, but the truth is, the more trendy the piece, the faster it goes out of rotation. Incorporating more staple pieces into your wardrobe is always a good idea and using basic fabrics with contents like cotton and linen are versatile, long-lasting and good for the environment—if you know what to look for.
With a push for sustainability and environmental practices, efforts are at an all-time high. Choosing materials and clothing items that last longer and age well in terms of style is now more important than ever to take care of our planet. Options like organic cotton are grown responsibility and have a reduced impact on the environment.
Once your basics fabrics have been secured, finding patterns that minimize leftover fabric are becoming easier to find and are generally quite simple to construct, which is great for a beginner or busy sewist. These are called zero-waste patterns, and, luckily, Mood has some for you! Try the zero-waste Cadia Shirt or the Pinafore Skirt free sewing patterns.
Try your hand at incorporating wardrobe staples like a button-up, t-shirt, and trousers into your rotation. Although these items are basic, there are many possibilities for elevating these pieces to get the most out of them. Styling pieces using accessories or trendy outerwear will ensure that an outfit maintains balance and practicality. Sewing and selecting well-fitting items is another way to get the most out of your basic fabrics.
After your basic fabrics have gone the distance, whether there’s a fit issue, it suffers from wear and tear, or it just needs a new life, adding trims to your basic fabric pieces extends the life and encourages creativity for you or someone else.
Basic fabrics go a long way, and your choices will help them go even further. Don’t be afraid to choose fabric fabrics and styles or make them your own by styling them or adding special touches that express your unique style and personality. Basic isn’t boring–It’s simply a good foundation for your creativity.