Wardrobe building and planning – part 1

Lately, I’ve been thinking a lot about what I want to sew, what type of clothes I like to wear, what fabrics, what colors, etc. Not just thinking, but reading books, blogs and other websites dedicated to image, wardrobe building, and color theory.

The right colors and fabrics are easy to choose: I know what I like and have a pretty good idea what looks good on me. Figuring out how many pieces of each type of garment I should sew, not so easy. There is the SWAP – Sewing with a Plan, which is lovely but includes only one jacket so it doesn’t work in this climate/office environment. There is the 6-PAC, a 6-pack wardrobe, which provides a nice coordinated capsule but is not big enough to carry one through the whole week. After reading Color Me Confident, I came up with the following plan for my work wardrobe:

Four suits or jacket+skirt combinations. For me, that will be one corporate style black skirt suit and three other jacket and skirt combinations, like this:
Skirts and jackets

Six tops, shirts, or sweaters. This is where I get to bring in colors, like this:

Two dresses to wear instead of skirts and tops plus one cardigan for warmth, like this:
Dresses and cardi

I already have a favorite coat, a few pairs of suitable shoes, and an appropriate handbag. I have a small collection of scarves that needs to grow a little bigger, and my belt collection is dismal so that will need work, too.

So, that’s my dream wardrobe. We’ll see how it works out in real life.


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5 responses to “Wardrobe building and planning – part 1

  1. I have also been doing a lot of thinking about wardrobe planning. So far, I have not nailed exactly what I need to suit my lifestyle. It looks like you have a really good plan. I can’t wait for part 2.

  2. Carolyn (cmarie12)

    So are you going to use this as the jumping off point? Will you assign patterns to these looks and sew them up? Or is this just your dream wardrobe? Oh, one more question…no white blouse?

  3. Great idea. You’ve got a starting point, can bring it together, and evaluate and shift as necessary. Good luck.

  4. Excellent plan. It all starts with a vision. I love the sleeveless, cowl-neck blouses you’ve included. They always look beautiful under jackets. Good luck and keep us posted!

  5. These styles will look fantastic on you. Glad to see you introducing lots of colour.

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