Tuesday, March 3, 2009
Spring/Summer 2009 Wardrobe
So I'm doing a few new things. One is writing a non-project blog entry. Another is having a cohesive sewing/knitting plan. It's not an actual SWAP, but it's similar. I decided to do this about two months ago, and have been playing around with color and design ideas since then. Here's what I've come up with.
My color scheme is sage, sky blue, and white, with accents of brown, olive, and khaki. Like many sewers, I love the colors and designs of the Liberty lawns (and find their prices out of my reach for the time being!), so it was cool to find almost the same palette in this print:
I hope to make two tops, a cardigan, two skirts, a pair of pants, a dress, and a purse. Specifically:
Top #1: McCall's 5522 in white stretch poplin. I'll use view A, but make plain short sleeves.
Top #2: Green Gable in brown. Mine will be longer than the modeled top, and have a slightly higher neckline.
Cardigan: Liesl in sage. Mine will have short (but not cap) sleeves, two buttons, a medium neckline, and end just below the waist.
Skirt #1: original pattern in olive stretch sateen. It will be based on this Anthropologie skirt, but I won't do back pockets or the extended waist tab. (Similar, actually, to this skirt from last year, but hopefully better fitted and in a slightly more versatile color. Ahem.)
Skirt #2: remake of this skirt. I need to add more waistband interfacing and get rid of the pockets.
Pants: pattern to be named later in khaki stretch twill. Possibly Burda 8085 or Jalie 2561. I've heard that Jalie is coming out with a true jeans pattern in a couple of weeks, so I'm waiting to have a look at that before deciding. I'm going for something like this, but with a higher waistband.
Dress: New Look 6776 (view A+C) in a sage/sky/white floral cotton. Inspired by this dress. I'll raise the neckline (several inches), make wider shoulder straps, and change the skirt to a-line or gored, and add godets. If I really want copy Anthro's look, I'll also have to change the gathering in the bust panel.
Purse: not sure yet. I'll either use one of Mom's patterns or make my own, and use white linen/cotton trimmed (piping? ribbon? embroidery? topstitching?) with sage.
I *could* add several more items... a jean jacket, a layering tee or two, maybe a pair of capri pants, and so on. But these projects will keep me busy for awhile, and they'll give me the beginning of a much more put-together summer wardrobe. I'm looking forward to getting started!
Posted by Anna at 10:15 AM