Wardrobe Architect: Making your sewing list
Last month, I spent some time putting together a moodboard, palette, and outfit templates for fall.
Next up on my agenda was taking all that fun inspirational stuff and getting a bit more concrete. I had my ideas of the kinds of things I wanted to wear, but now the question came: what exactly should I sew?
Here’s what I did. As a reminder, here is my inspiration board, my color palette, and my outfit templates.
1) List the pieces
Looking at my outfit templates, there are several different types of pieces included. Here they are:
- Slim-fit knit dress
- Warm and bulky sweater coat/wrap/thick cardigan
- Short shift dress
- Minimalist short wool coat
- Pullover sweater
- Pencil or slim cut skirt
- Slim fit pants
- Button-up shirt
1) Survey what I already have
First, I looked through my closet and thought about what I already own that I wear a lot, and how that fits with the outfits I created.
Here’s an example. Last Fall, I bought a giant cream colored vintage wool sweater coat that I wore constantly. I never really wore sweater coats before, but I loved how warm and comfortable it was, like being wrapped in a comforting blanket all day long. I wore it with a slim cut jersey dress, so I wasn’t totally shapeless. I know if I had more of those, I’d wear them all the time.
Next, I looked for things in my outfit template that I don’t own. I don’t currently have the sort of minimalist short coat that I’d like, and my favorite vintage coat is getting a little past its prime. I should probably do something about that.
2) Decide how many to make
First, I set a goal of how many pieces to sew over the course of the fall season.
I tried to be realistic about this. As it starts cooling down, I will probably be doing more sewing. But I also have a list of home sewing projects I want to get done (and I’d love to work on a quilt!), so I kept my goal fairly modest. I decided 7-8 pieces sounded right.
Here is what I decided on:
- 1 Slim knit dress
- 1 Sweater coat / bulky cardigan
- 2 pencil skirts
- 1 minimalist short coat
- 2 shift dresses
- 1 camisole
3) Pair colors and shapes
Finally, I took each of these pieces and matched it with a color (or a few colors) from my palette.
It helped to go back and look at my moodboard and the fabric swatches I’d placed there. This actually made it quite easy to match things up, using what I already have.
Here’s how it all panned out:
4) Start a project binder
Here’s my favorite part, and something I hadn’t really done before.
I took a large sketchbook and began creating some inspiration collages for each project. For some projects, I already have fabric from my stash. For others, I’ll need to find fabric, but I have color and fabric ideas. If you were doing prints, you could even print some images from online fabric stores and try them out.
So that’s my fall sewing list, all sorted and ready to go! I’ll share the inspiration collages for my August projects soon.
Are you ready for fall sewing yet? Tell me, what are you thinking about making?