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Date: 2/5/08 8:16 PM

This is related to the fabric fast. It's open ended in that you make up your own rules for what works for you. However, I am going to start us out with some ideas and inspiration.

On the fabric fast thread, some are working to sew down their fabric stash by joining in the wardrobe competition. This is a wonderful idea! Most of us buy fabrics we would want to wear and, if we have a considerable stash, have plenty of coordinating fabrics to build a wardrobe from without going shopping!

This idea is a twist on that. I'm going to post a link to a basic wardrobe description. This is from 2005, and so it may need updating. But, it's so classic that it probably can be used as is for all but the most trendy of us.

My suggestion is that we all look at and read the article in the link and, using that, our current wardrobe and our fabric stash as inspiration to build a basic, chic wardrobe.

For me, I would need no deadlines. I'm a busy, busy person. For others, deadlines would help and add to the fun and motivation.

For me, I would first collect the items described in the article from among my current wardrobe, noting what is missing.

Then, I would look at my pattern and fabric stash to physicall pull out the items needed to make the remainder of the items.

Now, I know I don't have marino wool in my stash, and I wouldn't knit a fine marino wool sweater if I did. But, I can make a very well-fitted, classic V-neck long-sleeved or 3/4 sleeve T that mimics the sweater and that is more likely to work for me where I live anyway.

So, the plan is to work out a wardrobe of basics and selected current items that can be mixed with many other items, accessorized differently, etc., to work out a timing schedule that is realistic for you, and to work the plan.

Now, I'm going to tell you that I personally am not going to put the pressure on myself to post a wardrobe plan with photos and give myself a deadline for each item. I'm going to do my own thing. In another part of my life, I would totally go for the public participation bit. But, it's not far enough up on Maslow's heirarchy of need for me. Still, I promise I will, slowly, work the plan. Maybe it will take me a year or more to do it, but I'll work it. I already have some of the items anyway.

So, the point isn't to sew as fast as possible and win anything. The point is to take what you have and consciously build a great wardrobe by organizing your best classics and adding to them from your stash.

Anyone who is doing this may want to consider also joining the Fabric Fast, but it's not a requirement at all!

Here is the link:

Wardrobe Building Plan

Who will join me?

P.S. I also welcome you to post links of other wardrobes. This one contained shoes and boots as well as fine sweaters few of us would knit. Other wardrobes might be easily 100% sewable.

Also, you can make up your own rules, so you might decide that you will purchase two sweaters and the shoes and make the rest!
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Date: 2/5/08 9:56 PM

I've been reading that extensive blog post that you linked to...

Wow! What a lot of information!

I'm thinking that this sew-along would be a good continuation of the SWAP I'm doing between now and April. It'll be a good reminder to continue sewing stuff that works together.

Thanks for starting this thread.
I'll need to think more about what guidelines I'll set for myself...

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Date: 2/5/08 9:58 PM

Great!

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Date: 2/5/08 11:54 PM

Ooooh, LOVE this idea.

Unfortunately, as a beginner, I don't actually have a stash (YET--but give me a few nanoseconds....) And as a BROKE beginner, I'm actually resolved not to spend any money on clothes until after tax time.

So, I may not be able to participate. But, I'm so interested in trying to make my closet more useable by planning any eventual purchases very carefully. I love Wardrobe Oxygen that you've linked to, and particularly have taken to heart her emphasis on quality over quantity. If it's not classic and well-made (and therefore likely to last many years), it's not worth the investment. Now, when I am considering an item (whether sewing or buying), I ask myself, "Is this nicer than the other things in my wardrobe right now?" If the answer isn't yes, I'm not biting.

So, may I perhaps be this thread's official cheerleader, if not an actual joiner?

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Date: 2/6/08 0:10 AM

I'm in. I thought about the wardrobe contest but it's requirements don't match my wardrobe needs. I think this sew-along will help me improve my wardrobe while having fun sewing new clothes.

Several years ago I had a nice mix and match wardrobe. Because I like bright or intense jewel tones in solid colors, I didn't have a wardrobe where everything matches. I did have a wardrobe where tops went with at least 2 bottoms and bottoms went with at least 2 tops. Between weight changes and clothes wearing out, both cold weather and warm weather wardrobes have some serious holes.

Lately I have dome lots of sewing whatever takes my fancy when I finish a project. This doesn't build a good wardrobe. I do know what I like to wear so sewing something that I will never wear is a rare occurance.

Last fall I looked at my cold weather clothes. I found I really needed tops and could use a couple more wool skirts. I had no dresses but didn't think about that at the time. Since them I have sewed 1 dress and 1 skirt. I am working on another dress. I still need tops

After I finish the dress and my entry for the Designer/RTW knock off contest, I will be working on tops. I already have picked out 2 fabrics that will go with 2 or more skirts. I don't have a TNT pattern that works for either fabric. First step will be some quick muslins.

When I switch to spring/summer clothes (highly dependent on weather and mood), I will asses the warn weather clothes and prioritize my sewing time based on what I need the most.

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Date: 2/6/08 2:48 AM

This sounds a great idea. Like you I find it hard to stick to deadlines as I never know too far in advance family/work commitments. My New Year plan is to fill in the gaps of my wardrobe for my lifestyle and size I am now, rather than what I would like to be wearing and not getting the opertunity.

I have just bought a book "It's a fit" by Susan Graver and her recomendations are good jacket, classic pants and a slim skirt in a neutral colour, a white or ivory blouse a short sleeved shell in a non white neutral colour and a black dress. She does say to spend the money on these items and to treat yourself to less costly fashion items to fit in around them.To these you can add other pieces to adapt the wardrobe together with accessories or do another colour scheme that will blend with the first. She goes on to how to dress for different occasions and what to pack when going away.

Anyway a great idea and need to use up those stash fabrics!
Regards Julie

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Date: 2/6/08 2:53 AM

Wow awesome link! according to that- I need a whole new wardrobe!

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Date: 2/6/08 3:15 AM

Me too. I don't think I have a single piece of that wardrobe. BUT it doesn't really fit my lifestyle.

I'm going to think about this sew along. My stash is small and so is my wardrobe...it would be challenging to see what I could make of it.

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Subject: comments on the wardrobe list Date: 2/6/08 4:33 AM

I love this idea of freedom and encouragement in getting a co-ordinated wardrobe.

But what a fascinating wardrobe list. My list of comments is not meant as a criticism, itís just meant to show how important personal needs and style are, and how important it is to make our own rules ! - that a very different point of view of the ideal wardrobe is possible.

QUALITY YES, isnít that one of the reasons why we sew for ourselves - quality fabric, quality fit, quality construction.

1. If anyone tells me to wear black or a tailored blazer, I run screaming to the hills. I look very ill and really ugly in black, did even when I was very young. And even when I was a very successful professional I didnít ever wear structured clothes. I donít feel either comfortable or myself when I put them on.

2. Jeans - well, I love this practical fabric and try to find it in other colours, but that shade of blue is not flattering on me either. So blue jeans co-ordinate with very few of the things in my closet, except all the white shirts.

3. Sadly white shirts donít appear in this wardrobe list of classics. But then some people look as bad in white as I do in black. Perhaps the writer is one of them.

4. Flattering, yes, essential.

5. A closet that matches up with your life style, yes. Some closet advisors tell you to throw out everything that you havenít worn during the last year. But Iím retired and mostly wear casuals. I do keep a very good suit and a long skirt and embellished top for those once in a decade events like funerals and black tie evenings.

6. Iíve never owned anything at all like a 'little black dressí - how have I managed to get through life without ever going to a cocktail party. . .

7. High heels - thank goodness we donít have to wear them anymore (though Iíve still got a fabulous pair of boots that Iíve never been able to part with ! )

8. Silver hoop earrings - well, my skin has yellow tones so silver is not so good on me. I could wear hoop earrings as Iíve got a long neck, but Iím old enough for my neck to be a feature itís best not to draw much attention to.

9. V-necks - ah well, I have a long neck and long head, so if I wear a v-neck I look like a giraffe. That is also true of a jewel neckline. Wider slightly curved necks are good on me. What is your most flattering neckline ?

10. Now I do love Ďtrendy jacketsí - something a bit unusual as Iím not someone who looks or feels good in the classic shapes.

11. Signature accessory - hurrah - Iím a handbag freak. Beware having a closet full of them !

12. Oh dear, tees. I have a very small bust cup, and itís best not to wear anything that is tight. I prefer to keep that fact about myself a little bit disguised !

13. Winter coat, again Iím not a Ďclassicsí person, and I have some lovely cosy and stylish padded jackets.

14. Panty-liine-free underwear - absolutely, there should be a law about this, and about bra lines too.

15. Clutch purse - fashionable this year, but what a hassle to have to keep remembering to keep hold of it.

16. Sun glasses - yes indeed, but do take great care in choosing them. Never buy from somewhere that hasnít got a mirror for you to see yourself in. A pair that is flattering to and complements your face shape is much more important than being fashionable.


Well, I love the idea of this wardrobe sew along. Ilove the idea of having basic clothes that co-ordinate and meet the full range of my needs. I love the idea of using what we have to hand. I love the idea of making my own rules. Making specific numbers of items or specific types of pattern is not right for me - I like to plan in 'capsules' - a jacket, a top, and a bottom. But are any of you ever going to speak to me again !

And do we have to restrict ourselves to our current pattern stash as well ?

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Date: 2/6/08 6:26 AM

Another 'wardrobe essentials' blog is here.

It's targeted at stay-at-home Mums, but may also be relevant for retirees, students and others with a casual style.

For styles & colours, pick what suits you & go with it. When black is suggested just select a neutral that suits you to base your wardrobe on. (I think black looks terrible on some people, just like olive green looks awful on me.)

I'm doing the wardrobe contest, & am planning to do it all from stash. If it doesn't work out well together I may decide to supplement.

Cheers,
Mel



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