Spring Color...The Wardrobe Project Continues

Spring Palatte--the swatches...swoon 

Spring Palatte--the swatches...swoon 

Starting the Wardrobe Capsule Project reminds me of many other endeavors from yore, I start with a vision and as time and resources are evaluated, subtle tweaks made, the vision becomes more and more dialed in until, finally, clarity and focus is achieved. Goals with measurable objectives outlined, my time lines still need to be set but I am off and running.  

My resources and time have been affected by access to fabric in particular the color and fiber selection I have in mind, a need to switch the order of sewing to take advantage of a color find more suitable to spring, an unfamiliar technique and by a now resolving family emergency. 

So here is where I am, one month into the first quarter. I have finalized and ordered my fabric choices and selected my patterns from my stash. My two easy's are skirts, one in a Monet like Liberty Art Fabric Tana Lawn called "Polly Genevieve B", the other in a curry colored RPL bottomweight stretch gabardine. I purchased my fabric from Emma One Sock. They have a great way of sorting fabric by color and fabric that color coordinates with it. They also happened to have the fabric I liked in stock so I could get going. Check out the sample swatch card they sent...swoon...their website has wonderful tutorials on working with different fabric types, suggested use of fabric and etc. I have linked websites discussed to key phrases below, you can access by clicking on the bold lettering. 

Quarter One, sewing for Spring (January, February, March)

Quarter One, sewing for Spring (January, February, March)

My challenge and key piece is a very easy Vogue jacket made in delicious lilac pink wool viscose boucle utilizing a raw edge construction-- a new to me technique. Lilac pink is a perfect color for spring, is amazing with Navy my dark neutral and one of those colors that puts roses in my cheeks and makes my green eyes blue.  

The idea for using the wool viscose boucle is a fun story... I found the parka/anorak pattern through StyleArc, a sample of the anorak sewn by a customer was highlighted with a link to her blog where she shared and reviewed the process of sewing the pattern. I wrote her to ask her about a term called "bagging a lining" and she quickly responded. In the course of the conversation I told her what effect I was going for and she suggested the fabric as a perfect choice. Her nickname is Shams and her blog is "Communing with Fabric", she also suggested some fabric stores with fabric in the colorway I was hoping to find. That search led me to a kind and helpful Linda Lee of Sewing Workshop and the raw edge construction technique tutorial, and to Stone Mountain and Daughter Fabric store in Berkeley, CA a delightful and responsive Natalie Ebaugh who is their buyer and Director of Social Media.  

When I read about "bagging a lining" and talked to Shams, I felt I should postpone the Anorak until the next quarter to give me more time to review some videos and read more about the technique, especially since StyleArc pattern instructions are a list of tasks as opposed to instructive.  

I am so excited and raring to get started actually sewing. I am now in process of pulling out reading and doing the FBA to my patterns.  


It has been a blast so far and I encourage my friends to use the internet to enhance hobbies. I am enjoying interacting with like minded sewists, discovering new sewing resources and  expanding my skillsI can't believe how generous the individuals I've mentioned are by sharing their knowledge and time. A special thank you to Corinne in Sewtopia for volunteering to guide us through this wardrobe project process and for the intellectual stimulation her blog provides. 

Shhh, all is quiet on western front...

Asleep...What's That?...Alert...Back Asleep again...

Well, things do happen.  Best laid plans and etc.  I am muddling through my first quarter assignment albeit I will be about half speed for a few weeks!  My youngest daughter broke her fibula and tibia on Christmas Eve.  This set about a domino effect... typically she watches my oldest daughter's puppy, Gidget, but now is out of commission for several weeks and may need our support as well during her post-surgical recovery.  Things taken for granted like cooking, bathing, clean hair, shopping for food, become a  temporary dependency.  That, and am now officially babysitting the Granddog weekdays. SO. GLAD. I. PICKED. EASY.  for my first quarter in Wardrobe Capsulelandia.  

I can, and did, spend the afternoon taking things out of the puppies mouth in-between searching for ultimate Parka on my iPad as I was glued to sofa.  Gees, you'd think there would be a plethora of patterns...NOT SO.  I like set in sleeves, I wanted a drawstring waist, a lining, a zipper.  YIKES! I went through every Burda Style, big 4, independent and FINALLY, settled on :

This is a syleARC pattern called Safari Jane Jacket

This is a syleARC pattern called Safari Jane Jacket

Next thing, ordered pattern and then after clearing off Christmas paper and ribbons from my ironing board, I sorted my fabric and whatnot into the project box as prescribed by our fearless project leader.  Now.  I am done for a bit, and can wait for pattern to arrive from Australia.  In meanwhile, there are two sleeves to finish on one blouse, and another blouse to cut.

I am just silly about this London Map fabric and finally have a place to put it...that would be lining my jacket. Please note lovely clear project box replete with binding.

I am just silly about this London Map fabric and finally have a place to put it...that would be lining my jacket. Please note lovely clear project box replete with binding.


Game on... the Wardrobe Capsule Project challenge 2016 with In Sewtopia

Journal Sketching

Journal Sketching

I am participating in a year long wardrobe capsule project starting 2016 with Corinne at In Sewtopia 

I generally follow several independent pattern designer blogs such as Sewing Cake, ColetteSewaholicMarcy Tilton and Grainline Studios. Following these and other blogs introduces you to the designer, their philosophy, experiences and also to their other followers who often have their own blogs...reader beware..you can get lost for years following links. These women are amazing, so inspiring! Their thoughtful approach to fashion, their knowledge of sewing, the consideration for women is apparent in the clothing they design--and they are fun, creative, I find myself feeling more creative and motivated.  I also feel more connected to others that share the same love of fiber, fashion, and hand work. 

Last year, I read some of their posts about different methods to organize and explored building a wardrobe to express my individuality, preferences all the while addressing my clothing's function. I was in a state of transition; newly retired, evolving from work clothing to clothing that met my current lifestyle outside of an officeI had also lost a significant amount of weight and in the process was rediscovering what I liked as opposed to finding what fit. I needed to replace clothing on a budget and downsize my cluttered closet...most of all I really missed sewing.

There are many wardrobe capsule development tools out there, just google wardrobe capsule or some other descriptive phraseI personally worked through Colette's Wardrobe Architect questionnaires with some of my girlfriends. One friend and I actually I did it while driving from CA to WA, taking turns asking the question, the non driver jotting down answers in notebooksI found the information so insightful and thought provoking. I encourage you readers to do an exercise like the Wardrobe Architect whether you purchase your clothing or sew it yourself. The idea is to add clothing into your wardrobe in a thoughtful cohesive manner. Sharing the exercise with a adds another dimension. 

I found Corinne through a comment she made, I believe in a Colette post a month or so ago. Colette had posted a question to her readers about how folks were going to approach and organize their wardrobe sewing for the upcoming year...or something like that...it was awhile ago that I read it. Corinne commented that she utilized a method she had learned through participating in a Vogue Magazine project focusing on a seasonal anchor piece that stretched the sewists skill set either through technique, fabric or complexity.  The magazine provided a month by month article with assignments, I believe Corinne said it lasted a year. 

So, now that you know the background.. let me begin! 

Our task for this week was to select two neutrals, one dark and one light. I love indigo blue/navy and winter white so that is what I chose. I also have to admit, that I have a really sexy pair of Aquatalia blue suede boots that I want to show off. She then suggested selecting a pop of color and ochre/citrine came to mind. I was overseas this summer and am still thinking about a lovely coat I saw in a window in Italy, it was ochre, I loved it, and it has been on my mind to incorporate that color into my fall wardrobe. Also while in Italy, I tried on but didn't buy a navy lightweight anorak, I really liked it, liked the way it looked but wasn't keen on the craftsmanship for the price. I figured I could make it myself when I got home. Bing, two anchor pieces...Anorak for Spring, Ochre coat for Fall.