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.
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 skills. I 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.