Elizabeth (ejvc on Stitcher's Guild) has set up the following guidelines to use to plan a collection:
ONE jacket -- neutral
ONE bottom (skirt or trousers, though for autumn, I like trousers) -- dark neutral if you're pear-shaped, lighter if you carry weight on top
TWO underlayer tops, one ideally in a print combining your colours, one in a contrast neutral
TWO overlayer tops, one coloured, one neutral
ONE more bottom -- skirt if you've done trousers, trousers if you've done a skirt, or a dress if you like them
Of course, I've already customized the plan to fit my needs:
One jacket from tan linen (NL 6788)
One bottom - pants (TNT pattern) from tan linen for a suit type look
Another bottom - straight skirt from tan linen again from TNT pattern
Two underlayers - will be dresses (both will be prints)
One overlayer - cardigan - Burda 8869 (TNT cardigan pattern)
I have another two/three pieces I want to add in a red linen to really mix and match with this but I'm using my underlayers as dresses and I've added one additional bottom.
So far I haven't been kicked to the curb for adapting the rules! *smile* I like the fluidity this sew-along provides and it will also allow me to complete two and possibly three more JAM's (Jacket A Month). As I stated before I'm sewing my pieces during the month of August and into the Labor Day weekend for an early fall/transitional 6pac wardrobe while the regular sew-along lasts from August to October.
I've made my fabric choices...they are actually occupying one end of the loveseat in the living room and I have a general idea of what patterns I want to use but for the dresses that's still flexible right now. I just know that I want to reproduce this pantsuit in the tan linen as the basis for my 6pac:
The jacket is from NL6788 and the pants are from my TNT pattern. I made this pantsuit three years ago and it's still a hardworking outfit in my work wardrobe. It's perfect for corporate meetings and goes with several other dresses and a skirt so a tan version would be great.
I haven't decided what patterns to use for the dresses...maybe a new one and one that is a rendition of my TNT pattern...I don't know. I just know that I want these to be my go with the flow patterns.
There are a couple yards of red linen in the pile that I want to incorporate into this grouping. From it I want another jacket and another version of The Rachel Skirt. I've also got an idea for a funky version of a SW Mission Tank top to complete the set. I know that these extra pieces will put me at more than the six garments required for the 6pac but I have the fabric and a plan so I'm going for it.
I'm really looking forward to sewing up this collection. It's been awhile since I've sewn a planned group of coordinates and I like the challenges that this type of sewing gives me.
...as always, more later!