Last year I was caught horribly unaware by the cold weather. Of course, I knew winter was coming (it does come every year), but I didn't realize how little warm clothing I actually had in my wardrobe until I really needed it. I ended up making do and shivering through a lot of the season when I should have been enjoying it!
Well, not this year! I will not be caught unaware! I've already started planning and sewing for my fall and winter wardrobe, and I've done it in my naturally doodley and charty way. I've been strategic so I can answer these three questions:
In this post I'll be sharing my planning process with you guys by focusing on each box I drew on my wardrobe-planning page. First up:
What do I need that I can sew?
I thought about last year and the things I complained about. I looked through the clothes I still have and wrote down the gaps. Currently, I really need the items listed above.
Next, What do I have on hand?
What things do I already have in my stash, notions, accessories, and in my pattern collection that I can use for the upcoming season? I found some fur trims I've never used, as well as a lot of solid fabrics and some patterned fabrics I can use. I also marked down items that I would wear more if they were altered, mended, or refashioned.
After this, I then considered what I needed to buy to finish these sewing projects and fill in my wardrobe gaps. I need a couple patterns, some accessories, and some wet-weather gear.
Knowing all of this helps me budget out the finances and plan when to buy which items. I can also keep an eye out for sales and deals when I know for sure what I need to be looking for!
Now for the fun: What colors do I want to use?
I want my fall and winter wardrobe pieces to kind of mix and match, to coordinate enough that I have some options. I picked the colors above because, obviously, I like them, but also because they were repeated in fabrics in my stash. I pulled out the fabrics with enough yardage and a coordinating color and put the others back for another time.
I also considered things I already have that could mix and match with some stash fabrics, like how this rayon perfectly matches a sweater vest I made:
This pairing will help an autumnal dress transition to colder weather. I made sure to pick a pattern that would look good under the sweater for just that reason!
And this is the part that brings it all together! I looked at the things I need, the patterns I have, and the fabrics I've got to work with. I began pairing fabrics with appropriate patterns, making sure there's enough yardage. I also made a point to use patterns more than once for several items. This makes the sewing a lot more efficient!
I know this is an ambitious list, but I like having options on what to make while also knowing the pieces I do end up making will work for my wardrobe in the long run.
Here are a few fabric/pattern pairings I have planned:
Then, for the last step I prepared with something I'll need for every single project: measurements! I measured myself again and included different skirt lengths to coordinate with the different decades I like to sew for, particularly the 30s and 40s this season.
This makes it a lot faster to adjust patterns as I go if I just reference this drawing instead of having to check with a measuring tape every time.
If you aren't sure on some harder-to-decide measurements like skirt and sleeve length, you can measure some garments that fit you well already. I love the length of this 1930s dress and this 1940s dress, so I put those on the drawing for future reference.
Here are measurements you'll probably want:
Long sleeve length (short sleeve, 3/4 length)
These are optional, depending on your pattern:
And I'm proud to announce, I've already made my first item off the list! I'll be sharing it here soon. Stay tuned!
Are you planning for the upcoming season's wardrobe changes? How do you choose what to make or buy?