Developing Plans for 12-Piece Coordinated Wardrobe
I had a difficult time getting started sewing this year. I posted my plans on January 1st, but after doing that I found all kinds of reasons to procrastinate. I did cut out two pants, one black and one navy. The black one is finally completed and the navy one is almost finished. I still need to sew the waist band and hem the navy one.
As I indicated in my last post, I intend to make a 12-piece coordinated spring/summer wardrobe. I thought I would have two or three pieces of that completed by now. Instead, I am still working on the first piece (navy pant). I did, however, spend some time sorting through some of my stash to find fabric I can use for the wardrobe. Today I went shopping to add some fabric to that from my stash. Below is a picture of the fabrics for the coordinated wardrobe.
I plan to make three pants from the tan, navy and wine fabrics and I will make a skirt also from navy fabric. The white fabric will be used to make a short sleeve jacket. A second jacket will probably be sewn from a light blue fabric which I have not yet purchased.
I plan to use the same pant pattern I have used since I started this blog, Fit for Art pattern, “Eureka! Pants that Fit”. I purchased this pattern from www.Fitforartpatterns.com. I like this pattern because it has detailed instructions on fitting. It takes time to get a pant pattern to fit, but it is worth the time if you continue to use the same pattern to make more pants. I recently transferred my pattern to tag board and I am so glad I did. Now I don’t need to fold up my pattern and place it in the original envelope or plastic bag and I don’t need to try to iron out the wrinkles the next time I want to use it. The pattern now hangs on a hook in a closet until I need it again.
I may use CNT Pattern Company’s “Start after Breakfast Finish before Lunch” pattern for the jacket. This pattern is sold online and also in most quilt shops. I purchased mine from Yards of Fabric in Mason, Michigan with the gift certificate I won at the October meeting of the Lansing Chapter American Sewing Guild. I have not tried to fit the pattern yet. Whether or not I use the pattern depends on how successful I am at fitting it.
One of the pants I make will be capri length. I plan to use Burda pattern 8341 to overlay on my “Eureka! Pants that Fit” pattern to get the shape and length for the legs. By doing this, I will not have to start from scratch and fit the Burda pattern to me for the waist, hips and crotch depth. That will save an incredible amount of time. I already had the Burda pattern, so I did not need to purchase one. If I did not already have the Burda pattern, I would use a capri pant that I have that fits me and shape the legs of my pant pattern from that.
A picture of these three patterns are shown below.
The print fabrics will be used for the six tops. All are knit with the exception of the plaid. That is 100% Cotton. I may substitute one of the knits for another 100% cotton. I have a fabric in mind that is a light wine color and is in my stash somewhere. However, I have not found the right box for that fabric yet. I will continue to search for it.
I plan to use McCall’s pattern M6964 for some of the short sleeved tops. I used this pattern when I made my first coordinated wardrobe in 2016, so I know it fits. I am hoping to use Very Easy Vogue pattern V9128 also. The use of this pattern depends on whether or not I can get it fitted. We will see!
One or two of the tops will be made using Kwik Sew pattern K3555. I have used this pattern before but it still has one fitting issue that I hope to correct. If I get that done, the 100% cotton tops will be made from this pattern.
A picture of these three patterns follow.
Well, I believe most of my planning is complete for the 12-piece coordinated wardrobe. Now I really need to get busy fitting patterns and sewing.
How is your planning going? Are you ready to turn on your sewing machine and sew a great spring/summer wardrobe? Get organized so you can sew easier and sew more. Have fun!