So, wanting to actually sew with a plan for the first time ever in my life because I really need a functional fall wardrobe this year, I’ve been reading, thinking, reading and thinking some more about Steph’s blog posts on colour and wardrobe planning. I quote from one of her Conversant in Colour posts:
If you’re new to the process of wardrobing, I suggest starting with:
- a basic topper with a bottom in a neutral (a suit, or a casual jacket/cardi and a bottom) (Use the Neutral Color)
- a simple blouse/tee (Use Color 1)
- a more “interesting” blouse/tee (Use Color 2)
- another bottom (Use Color 1 or 2)
- maybe with a dress in a color/fabric that harmonizes with the rest.
This would give you two tops, two bottoms, a “topper” and maybe a dress. That’s eight outfits. (Did I count right?) If the idea of sewing a “topper” sounds scary and weird, then don’t sew it. With the dress, that’s still 5 different outfits.
This is manageable.
Hmmm. Manageable. OK. So, I know I need bottoms and tops, and I’d like to make a wool dress and a couple of jackets. This is my list of needs:
- LRD (wool crepe)
- trousers (wool)
- jeans/casual pants
- fall coat – need this! Big time! Probably should be first on the list.
- Chanel inspired duster from last season (why not? I’m never on trend!)
- two or more blouses (I really need want pretty tops)
- jacket or two
And now I need to marry fabric to the garments. But what to do first? Choose the designs and then the fabric? Vice versa? Or decide with the fabric/patterns in tandem? This is new territory for me. I’ve always shied away from the process of planning because I just wanted to get on with the sewing. But I’ve come to the point where I really want things that look like they belong together in my wardrobe – not random stand-alone pieces. What do you do? Have you ever sewn with a plan? Did it work for you?