The Wardrobe Architect Week 11: Planning Your Pieces

Thursday, April 17, 2014
This week on Coletterie's Wardrobe Architect series, they began making their spring sewing plans, but I'm not a confident seamstress (especially now that I don't have easy access to my Mother-in-Law to fix my mistakes), so I'd rather buy garments that would be above beginner level sewing. Also, I like to knit. So I decided to compose several spring wish lists.

To review, in previous weeks I selected my Spring 2014 color palette and silhouettes.

Spring 2014 Colors
  • Black
  • White
  • Heather Gray
  • Navy
  • Icy Pink
  • Hot Pink
  • Red
  • Icy Blue
  • Icy Lavender
  • Teal, Turquoise, Aqua
  • Silver
  • Gold
Spring Silhouettes


As you can see, I added a few more spring silhouettes.

1. Shop Your Closet

Before I could determine what my wardrobe was lacking, I first needed to evaluate what pieces I already had in my closet that would fit into my chosen silhouettes and pallet. 
Spring 2014 Capsule

2. Find the Holes

When I tracked my wardrobe I discovered that I didn't have very many pairs of shorts and I was lacking in woven tanks, blouses and casual skirts/dresses that are also work appropriate. I'm also lacking in pieces in heather grey, icy pink, icy blue, icy lavender and hot pink.

3. Shop for Inspiration
This was the fun part. I just started browsing on Pinterest to see what inspired me.

4. Make a List

Finally it was time to list out the pieces that I want to acquire. I'm pretty sure this list will be ongoing, but here's what I've come up with so far:

To sew:
  • I already have Gertie's slip pattern (B6031) and I'm waiting for my black and white sewing kit to come in the mail.
  • I would love to make a few Colette Sorbettos- maybe in hot pink or icy lavender. I'd also like to make a Colette Jasmine- maybe in icy pink or icy blue and black and I like the way that the Sencha cinches at the waist.
  • Grainline Studio's Tiny Pocket Tank also looks like a winner.
  • Since I'm lacking in shorts, Colette's Iris would be a good pattern to sew up in Icy Blue and Icy Pink. I also wouldn't mind a pair of Clover's in red and a heather grey suiting.
  • I have some Mondrian inspired fabric that is screaming to be made into a Simplicity 1609 1960's vintage dress.
  • Tilly and the Wall's geometric skirt is 100% awesome! I recently purchased her Coco pattern, but have put it on hold. 
  • I love the look of this wrap blouse below from Burda style that says it's for a novice, but I'm not sure if it really is. 

  • Since I'm lazy, I could always purchase a pink button down and sew on some ribbons like this Victoria's Secret top:

To knit:
  • I'm currently working on the Aidez cardigan pattern.
  • I'd love to make a little 3/4 sleeve cable knit sweater in icy blue.
  • I'm obsessed with the pink angora sweater from Ed Wood. I'm trying to decide if I'd like to use the Jackie-O tee pattern or the fluffy jumper pattern.
  • I think Aiken would also look great in icy blue.
  • I'd love to knit a Vashion in icy lavender.
  • Who doesn't love a brightly colored Featherweight cardigan!?

To buy: 
  • Comfy black sandals ( I nearly bought a pair of these black Topshop sandals last weekend)
  • Cut-off and rolled hem denim shorts.
  • Bright colored maxi skirt.
  • Red trousers.
  • Shorts (just in case I don't get around to making them).
  • I'd really like a kimono wrap in navy blue.

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