I wonder if there are many sewists out there who have as much trouble as I do putting a wardrobe together from scratch. By “from scratch”, I mean starting with a pattern and some fabric. It’s one thing to go to a department store and try on garment after garment until I find that one that looks the best on me, and quite another to sort through pattern books and online fabric stores, “imagining” what will look best. There are lots of reasons for this:
1. Lack of sewing experience
2. Not completely understanding what fabric goes with what pattern
3. Not completely understanding what colors/styles look good on me when I can’t try them on first
4. Getting over the “sew one item at a time” mentality, and thinking more about making a set of coordinates
I’ve been thinking about this a lot lately, and am trying to make a big change in the direction of my sewing by committing to making mostly coordinates, instead of individual items. I’m sure there will be times when I need a new white blouse; but right now, I have in my closet a multitude of single items that simply have no friends.
So, the fall travel wardrobe is really my first “thoughtful” attempt at planning a coordinated ensemble. Here is what I have so far:
The black fabric is a rayon hopsack – very drapey. The taupe is a ponte knit that has the same content as the Eileen Fisher ponte – 75% viscose rayon, 22% nylon, 3% lycra. With nylon in the content, I think I’ll need to be very careful with the iron. The white fabric is a crinkle rayon. The black and taupe print is a poly/lycra knit.
The dress may turn into a skirt. I just fell in love with the simplicity of this dress when the new fall Vogue patterns came out, so I included it here, but I’m not sure yet.
I need at least one more top in a knit fabric. It will probably be this Marcy Tilton top in the turtlneck version:
Also, I have the Eileen Fisher cardigan in a very light weight black wool, and another taupe/black tweed cardigan that I am making.
There are a lot of solid colors here (which is really my style), so I will spiff it up a bit with patterned scarves. That makes a total of eleven items, plus shoes and raincoat, to pack in my suitcase. All of the fabrics are light-weight, except for the tweed cardigan, which I may carry on the plane.
I’m sure I’ll make changes along the way. I always do. But I think this is the beginning of a workable plan. I have all of the fabric and patterns, so I’m ready to go.
I spent one day cutting out all of the black rayon. I’ve completed the pants, except for the hem. I just love the way the Loes Hinse oxford pant came together, but more on that later.
Off to sew.