Isn't it wonderful when every pattern you look at excites you and visions of fabric scroll across your imagination? When your biggest problem is condensing all those fabulous ideas into a cohesive plan? PatternReview.com is starting a Mini-Wardrobe contest on Sept. 1 which will run for 1 month only. The rules are a bit confusing but basically boil down to sewing 4 items which will coordinate with a key piece already sewn, or owned, in order to make 6 different outfits. The key piece must coordinate with every other piece but does not have to be worn with every outfit.
I'm not jumping into this pool, mostly because I just finished the Handbag Challenge, which ran for 2 weeks. That was a bit of a time crunch to design, and create a handbag using the rules given.
here for construction album.
So, back to the Mini-Wardrobe contest. I need to update my travel wardrobe, and add some stylish items. I'm feeling a bit frumpy lately, perhaps because I'm spending a lot of time at the barn and not doing my hair. Woodrow doesn't care, and in fact, my hair is way better than his skimpy mane. Travel wardrobe...right. Here are some pieces I am starting with.
Including the Hudson top on the left will add some softness to the capsule. I also want to sort through some tunic patterns to use with the pants or leggings. I may be asking for some styling advice in the future, ok?
My mini-wardrobe will be in black/white/cream/taupe with some touches of rust and teal. At least, that is my intention but I often get sidetracked by all the beautiful fabric. I do intend to use a number of knits from stash, and also blend in some existing pieces from my closet. How many black turtlenecks does one girl need?
Some PR members are like me and cannot get 4 items sewn in one month...so they have banded together to produce a sew-along. If you would like to see what is happening with that, click here. There is nothing stopping people from sewing in both the sew along and the contest but remember that the contest sewing must not start until Sept 1. I hope you join in with me on this wardrobe planning and sewing either here, or on PatternReview. It is great fun to look at the storyboards and see what each person does with patterns and fabric to create a small collection.
How about you, readers? Do you plan capsules? Do you sew one item at a time because it is something you want? Do you buy fabric to make a small collection? Share among yourselves.