I worked so hard on this, barely made the deadline, and my sewing room looks like a tornado hit it, but I am thrilled with the results!
I have been tempted to SWAP (sew with a plan) before, but I read so many inspiring blogs that I get
distracted inspired by new things everyday. I am the queen of starting projects. I currently have 22 unfinished projects in my sewing room right now (dating back several years, but still). And did I mention that I am a very slow seamstress?
The planning of this wardrobe took a while, simply because the planning is my favorite part! Getting all my fabrics out, looking at my patterns, imagining the possibilities…so fun! I found it hard to narrow my plans down to only 8 pieces, with the full knowledge that sewing all those would take a lot of time. And my plans certainly did evolve over the 6 weeks.
But the defining idea was the color scheme of blue, white, and pink and the knowledge that I must have a matching pair of shorts out of the floral sateen I made my bomber jacket. It would be a the cutest two piece set ever! And I feel confident that I was right.
I changed my moto jacket plans when I realized I needed more pink. Then, with the bright floral moto I knew that the aqua tunic would be too many color stories. Disaster struck when I cut my jeans out of the fabric the wrong way, with the stretch going up and down, not around my legs. Ugh. So I added the coral skirt, and it turns out that color is beautiful and the skirt is fun and easy to wear.
Creating the warbrobe also caused me to think about more basic pieces. I hate to sew basic pieces. I want to make things fancy, unique, fantastic, but not basic. So I still had fun with my items but did include a white pencil skirt and a white t-shirt to round out the wardrobe nicely. Of course the pencil skirt has a tulip front and I added a gold pocket to my white t-shirt…
And the sparkle? I had to have some gold! I incorporated gold into my Sew What sweatshirt, a gold pocket on my t-shirt, and a shiny gold zipper on my moto jacket. I have one pair of gold shoes and one pair of gold booties, but I think it is clear I these gold sandals. Right? The advantage of sewing an entire wardrobe is that picking accessories is easy. I might need to invest in a fabulous gold purse, too.
And it was all from stash! I only had to purchase a few bits and bobs. The metallic leather cord, a zipper, some thread and only 1 pattern!
Go check out everyone’s lovely wardrobes at Pattern Review. Voting starts on the 18th, so show your favorites some love.
Stay tuned for more details about all the fun garments I created for the contest!