Last week, I spent some time pondering spring and summer wardrobe planning – inspired by Mimi G’s article in the new issue of Sew News – focusing on purging (oops), determining what is missing and making a list of to-makes (namely, basic tanks and tees, lightweight pants and a few more summer skirts…and maybe a summer dress as a treat).
The next part of the process, as Mimi lays it out, is to:
4. Choose colors and fabrics. Colors, hmmm. I’ve been wanting to “do my colors” for a while now, but I always get distracted. I think that’s because I frame the task in an aspirational way – i.e. what colors look best on me, what colors I should wear, what colors I want to want to wear. Instead, presented below in all their boring glory are the colors I actually wear, with a few pops and prints. I’m considering this a useful tool for tuning out distraction at the fabric store, because as far as I’m concerned, a garment I don’t actually wear is as bad as a garment that doesn’t end up fitting. But, I like the idea of having a few challenge colors for spring and fall, lest I become an absolute and utter bore. I’m hoping to bring these in in a selective way to counter-balance the drab (no offense, apparently I love drab).
5. Choose your patterns. I’m going to stick to spring here and I have lots of multiples planned. Here’s my list of patterns:
Adventure Tank by Fancy Tiger Crafts: I’ve made this a few times, both the muscle tank and the racerback. It’s a great basic knit tank.
Ella Tank by Liola Patterns: I made three of these last summer. A great woven tank with a slight racerback feel – and it only uses 1 1/3 yards of fabric. Love it!
Willow Tank by Grainline Studio: I wanted another woven tank option and this one is a great basic silhouette.
Everyday Skirt by Liesl & Co.: Working on version 3 and 4 of this skirt for spring! You can make it in anything and what’s better than a secret elastic waist at the back?
Luna Pants by Made by Rae: Also on versions 3 and 4 with this pattern. A great elastic waist and ankle woven pattern that you can make in just about anything.
Still pondering other pants options and a great basic tee – any suggestions?
And every season has a just-because project. The Matcha Top, a new release from Sew Liberated, is it for me. I’m planning a few sleeveless options and one dress for spring and summer – yay for slinky fabric stash busting – and a few sleeved versions for fall – more on that later.
6. Make a design sketchbook. Mimi, is it okay if I skip this step? I am just not skilled at drawing but it’s something I’d like to work on. For now, lots of notes.
Okay, I think I have a plan. This is the most intentional I’ve been about my wardrobe and my sewing than I’ve ever been in my life…and I like. I’ll keep you posted on my progress!