Tuesday, December 05, 2017

Crazy 8 Wardrobe - Casual Style

In the past, I've loved sewing wardrobes.  I've made several SWAPs and even started a business wear Crazy 8 Wardrobe back in December 2013.  I made a few pieces but never finished that wardrobe. Since I've figured out what I want to sew and acclimated to wearing jeans as part of my work wardrobe, I've really wanted to do another wardrobe.

So to recap, a traditional Crazy 8 Wardrobe consists of:



1. A jacket
2. A cardigan
3. Two tops
4. One blouse
5. One pair of pants
6. One skirt
7. One dress

Imma change it up to better reflect my current work wardrobe. Here is what I'd like to make alongwith pattern suggestions.

1. A jacket - McCalls 7481
2. A cardigan - Heidi Cardigan by StyleArc Patterns
3. Two shirts that button down - TNT pattern
4. A blouse - Vogue 8772 
5. A topper - Vogue 9286 
6. A pair of jeans - Ames jeans by Cashmerette Patterns
7. A pair of pants - TNT pants pattern or the Eleanore Jeans by Jalie Patterns
8. A bonus piece - a vest from Vogue 9273

I need more bottoms than I need a skirt or dress now so I've replaced them. To me the wardrobe should be practical for my needs and these changes work for me. Featured fabrics will be denim and shirting but specific ones from the collection haven't been chosen yet. The bonus is that nothing needs to be purchased to sew these 8 pieces. I already own everything for the wardrobe, including notions.

Since I'm off the week between Christmas and New Years, I have some dedicated time to spend on creating this wardrobe. And even though all of these pieces will probably work together, the upside is that they will also work with most everything else in my wardrobe which really makes me happy. Also, I like the idea of working on a group of pieces that will work with the pieces I'm currently sewing.

This is the plan. Now you know I will either add/change or substitute pieces as the creative spirit moves me. However, the goal is to have these pieces completed by January 31, 2018 so I can wear them during the winter. I really don't want this plan to drag on especially since these are much needed items.

...as always more later!


  

21 comments:

  1. The line-up for your wardrobe is brilliant. I hope that all works out as planned.

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  2. I can't wait to see the results! I love this idea!

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    1. Thanks Whitney - it is kinda cool isn't it?! I loved sewing SWAPs and wardrobes back in the day and this is the first time I've been able to figure out how to make it work for this lifestyle...so I'm pretty psyched!

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  3. That's a great mini wardrobe! And so doable with the upcoming sew-cation!

    I'm really curious to see the new Vogue (topper) made up.

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    1. N - me too! I have a boucle I wanna use but already I think Imma lengthen it a couple of inches in the body. I'm so ready for 9-10 days of uninterrupted sewing!

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  4. Love your plan, Carolyn, but more importantly two things: 1) you're using everything from your stash and 2) you've fully embraced your new lifestyle and job. I've gone through the same challenge since retiring and it is tricky. Karen

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    1. Karen - thanks! It has been slow going on getting the balance right but I do think I'm finally there. I'm a little more dressed than my counterparts but then I'm about 30-40 years older than most of them so I don't care. Now that I'm making and wearing shirts and blouses, I've even managed to wear some of my pearl necklaces again and that's HUGE! Especially since I have an extensive collection of necklaces and earrings and they should be worn and not just stored.

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  5. This is a great work wardrobe. I also have been thinking about replacing all the OTR work clothes I have that never really fit quite right with a good basic choice of good fitting clothes. Anxious to see the results!

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    1. Jill - I really want my winter wardrobe to be more purposeful. I've definitely got a good spring/summer wardrobe and I think this will help me get there!

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  6. Love your idea and choices!!! Look forward to seeing how it all comes together!! :)

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    1. Lisa - I'm pretty excited about this...it's a little challenging but I think I will end with a great wearable wardrobe!

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  7. This looks awesome! Can’t wait to see them once you get started.

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  8. How exciting! It is wonderful that you already have all you need! I look forward to seeing your wardrobe come together.

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    1. Thanks Vanessa! Me too I can't wait for the Christmas break!

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  9. I just purchased three wardrobe patterns, will you use coordinating fabric/ colorway or will each piece be independent?

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    1. They will coordinate with denim being the base fabric. The point is for them to all work together. I usually pull some fabrics to use but imma free style the fabrics since everything works with denim...well I guess we will see if does! LOL!

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  10. Looking forward to seeing your plan come together. I have a few days off I too work in a casual office - I definitely need to sew up some new tops.

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  11. What a great idea! I really struggle with 'organized thoughts' in what I sew. In the beginning, I was just trying to sew something--anything---that I would wear. I haven't seen the concept of 'crazy 8' before. Love it!

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  12. Love your plans! One day I will be a planner too and hopefully follow your example! I do have a terminology question though- it seems like top/shirt/blouse is used interchangably for a woman's shirt. What do you think distinguishes one from the other?

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