One night after searching through the blog for something else, I stumbled onto a post about a twinset I made two years ago. It made me realize that I already have quite a few pieces in my wardrobe that would work with these basics...and really wasn't that one of the points of this exercise...to add some basic garments that would extend the life of some pre-existing ones, as well as, add a new color.
So I went through the closet and my drawers and pulled several made by me, as well as RTW purchases, to add to the six pieces that I ended up sewing. I wanted an array of looks. Looks that would be on trend, yet still work in my daily environment. I auditioned several pieces and these are what I ended up with...
The Finished Wardrobe:
There were several vignettes that I wanted ~ a black/creme classic one...
A little bit of color...
The pieces that were previously made by me are The Flower Power Twinset, The black/white/grey cardigan, and the black/white sewing workshop tie top. The links are provided for each make in the previous sentence.
The pieces that I ended up making:
- TNT dress ala Chanel
- TNT 4 gore flare skirt
- Burda 8869 cardigan
- Butterick 6002 jacket
- TNT wide legged lined pants
- TNT straight skirt with elastic waist
Wardrobe Planning Tips:
You're looking for tips right? Tips on how to plan a wardrobe...how to sew one...how to get to the finished line, maybe? First I have to say that wardrobe sewing isn't for everyone because it's a loooong process! I've been working on these pieces since the end of April and I have to admit that several times along the way I've wanted to bug out and sew something else. But every time I'd get to the sewing cave, the pieces sang their siren song to me so I just kept sewing.
Two, having a plan is important...you'll get lost and lose interest if you don't have one. However, the plan should not be rigid. It should be flexible so that it can flow with your creative desires, that way you won't feel restricted by it and want to throw it by the wayside to sew something else.
Third, don't feel like you have to sew each and every piece in the wardrobe. You will never finish that way because you may feel constrained by the process. That is definitely not the point of this exercise!
Fourth, use a hardy dose of TNT patterns for the wardrobe. Adding new patterns to the mix will definitely add some spice to the wardrobe but for me, it was about getting a series of basics. My TNT patterns provide those already fitted basics so why reinvent the wheel?
Finally, I had two main reasons for constructing these garments...
A - I wanted to see how many garments I could actually get out of 10 yards of fabric. I thought five and was actually thrilled to get six. I probably could have gotten a seventh piece by mixing some of the scraps with other pieces of fabric from the collection but honestly I'm tired of this exercise and ready to move onto some other pieces. I mean I do have a sewing list that must be worked on! *smile*
B - I wanted to introduce this cream color into my wardrobe. In April when I was still waiting for spring to come, this color just screamed spring/summer to me. Now that's it's June, I just want to wear them...
So there will be a lot of dresses coming out of the sewing machine next. Like I said previously I have a sewing list with quite a few dresses on it. I have the fabrics pulled for the next five or six and I can't wait to get started on them because before you know it June will be over and it'll be July when I'll need to start sewing vacation gear.
The next couple of posts will showcase the individual wardrobe pieces, give construction details and, of course, be modeled by me...
...as always, more later!