September 14, 2015

FALL + WINTER '15-'16 WARDROBE PLANNING

There's something that's so fun about making a wardrobe plan (for me anyway) - it's a chance to reassess your style, think about what's happening during the season (travel? work? school?), and plan for the future. It's also a great opportunity to think critically about what you actually need (and want), what fabric you already have, and what needs replaced. I almost think the planning is just as fun as the actual sewing!

I'm not always the biggest fan of a "capsule" wardrobe (who wants to limit themselves?), but I was really inspired by this One Suitcase: Winter Vacation graphic from outfitposts.com: 16 items that make 40 different outfits. I'm not sure if I'd really mix and match as much as the image suggests, and I used it more as an inspiration than an actual plan. My own overabundance of sewing plans leaked through, of course, and there are a few more than 16 items here. Ooops :D

My spring wardrobe was plagued by overreaching myself, but even though there are basically as many items here, I feel a lot more confident. For starters, I've already completed some of these items, including making two of these shirts in one day. I also already have a pair of blue jeans, so if I don't get to Jamie - no sweat. I feel like most of these items are less complicated than my spring wardrobe (tees and tights - easy!) so I'm really excited to dig in, without feeling too overwhelmed.

Enough talk - here's the plan!

SHIRTS Pt. 1
1. Mandy Boat Neck in black bamboo - basics.basics.basics!
2. Linden Sweatshirt in gray and white striped French terry (I got mine from Girl Charlee, but it's no longer in stock - here's a link to all their terry)
3. Scout Tee in pink lace with a scalloped hem - I bought my fabric in the garment district, and unfortunately I couldn't find anything similar. This top is super cute in any lace though!
4. Coppelia Wrap Cardigan in green cotton spandex - time for color!
5. Modified swing top in black rayon from the garment district (similar) -  I'm learning to make my own block at Camp Workroom Social, so I'm hoping to apply this Seamwork Block Paper Scissors tutorial to mine!
6. Linden Sweatshirt using awesome sweater panels (O. Jolly is out but her other fabric is beautiful and similar) - this is the most weather inappropriate thing on my list, but I don't care!

SHIRTS Pt. 2
1. Granville Shirt in swiss dot cotton (similar) - I love my Archer but it's not great for layering under things.
2. Morris Blazer in quilted knit - the knit pictured is from Caroline but I think it's almost sold out! (cue tears and kick yourself for not getting it sooner). Here are some similar ones (Blackbird, Fabric.com).
3. Carme Blouse in plaid (sold out) (similar, similar) - Carme has so many fun bias cut opportunities!
4. Granville Shirt in chambray - It'll be great to have a more fitted chambray shirt in my wardrobe.
5. Morris Blazer in striped ponte knit - can't have just one! 
6. Oslo Sweater in sweater knit from the garment district (similar) - I've made this before and it was a bit oversized, but I think with some tweaking it'll be the perfect cardigan.

PANTS + DRESSES
1. Leggings (maybe Matilda or Virginia) in black cotton spandex and/or ponte knit - I'd love to make a pair of fleece backed leggings too, but regular ones will be more practical (and I want to make 2-3 pairs over the season) 
2. Jamie Jeans in dark indigo denim - Fancy Tiger Crafts currently has Cone Mills denim but my order is, at this writing, lost in the mail. The word on the street is that thieves have actually been stealing mail up and down my road. I wish this was a joke - the police were even called (and it was on the news!).
3. Ginger Jeans in black denim - unfortunately Heather Lou is now sold out!
4. Capitol Hill Dress in navy ponte knit - It'll be nice to have a basic/solid dress to dress up or down this winter. 
5. Davie Dress in black + striped ponte (similar) - I plan on making the sleeveless version with a striped front and back, and black side panels 
6. Olivia Wrap Dress in fuchsia point knit from the garment district (similar) - I hope this dress will look good in ponte, as I'm dying to use this color/fabric I picked up a few months ago.

SKIRTS
1. Brumby Skirt in denim from the garment district (similar) - Time to jump on the Brumby train with full on topstitching and all!
2. Osaka Skirt in [reversible] cobalt and stash black + gray suiting (similar, similar) - This is one Seamwork pattern I've really wanted to try and haven't yet. I also realized that I basically have all the fabric already sitting in my stash.

Things for me to work on are 1) not getting too stressed out about getting all of this done (which is hard) and 2) to not be afraid to throw other projects in the mix. And I swear that Jeremy is finally getting me-made pants this fall!

What's the biggest/best/most exciting thing you want to make this fall?

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