This post is part of the Wardrobe Architect 2015 series, led by Kristen, our patternmaker. Read more about it here
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I am so excited by the overwhelmingly positive response the first Wardrobe Architect challenge post received! It’s amazing to know so many people around the world are joining me to create a capsule wardrobe for so many different reasons. Some of you are looking to sew through your fabric stash, many of you want to refine your wardrobe after a change in career, tastes, lifestyle, age, or weight, and a few of you want to quit fast fashion or become more mindful consumers of clothing or sewing supplies.
This month’s assignment focused on defining your core style. We completed weeks 1 – 4 of the Wardrobe Architect and then took things one step further by searching for sewing patterns and creating designs that fit your style and silhouettes. I started a Pinterest board to collect my inspiration images.
I also started a notebook to keep my worksheets, pictures, and sketches in. Surprisingly, I found questions on the style worksheets to be challenging, and I usually love filling out surveys and answering questions about myself!
I ultimately felt like my answers were sort of boring and that I didn’t have much personal history or culture to draw from. I did find them helpful in that I began to make some connections about my style I hadn’t really considered before. I noticed I feel equally drawn to feminine and masculine styles, which is probably due to being a tomboy as a child, but then feeling embarrassed and overcompensating for it as a teenager by wearing some really pretty, cutesy clothing. Now I’m looking forward to working with both of these styles, instead of trying to pick one or the other.
Defining a style
After completing all of the worksheets the 5 words I came up with to describe my style were:
Despite the fact that some of these words seem like they wouldn’t necessarily mesh, I feel like I can work them into something that is unique but cohesive.
Taking a stab at the silhouettes section felt easier for me. I know that I’m an hour glass shape, and have strong opinions about the styles I like to wear, though that is evolving a bit lately due to some changes in my weight and lifestyle. I’m becoming more willing to try new shapes, but I know what to look for in terms of fit and I know pretty quickly if something will work for me.
Historically, I’ve always liked wearing really tight pants, full skirts, waist defining dresses, and shirts with just a bit of extra ease. More recently I also find myself wearing a lot of more form fitting dresses and skirts. As of right now I’m not interested in wearing really long skirts, wide legged pants, or super form fitting or baggy tops.
I moved on to searching for patterns I that I could see fitting into my capsule wardrobe. After reviewing my choices, I noticed that I picked a lot of button-up style shirts and dresses such as the Grainline Studio Archer button up, and Hawthorn. I especially like the button-up style tunic dresses because it seems like they can be styled in several different ways to reflect my mood.
I also mixed in some easy shift dresses and knit pieces such as Moneta and the Lola dress from Victory Patterns.
I didn’t make note of many pants or shorts, but I did include Clover in hopes that I’ll get around to making a pair in some sort of a moisture-repellent technical fabric that looks like a typical bottom-weight fabric.
My list of outerwear is probably overly-ambitious, but I have my eye on a new peacoat, a lightweight Albion, a rain jacket from the Sewaholic Minoru, and a Victoria blazer from By Hand London.
Next week, we’ll kick off February with cleaning out our closets and taking inventory!
In the meantime, I’d like to hear from you: What one thing did you take away from the wardrobe planning process this month (even if you haven’t finished)?
And please keep sharing your blog posts and Pinterest boards in the comments and keep posting on Instagram and twitter using #WAChallenge2015! I love reading about your progress and ideas!