Have you come across Fantasy Football? As I understand it you create your ideal football team. I am not sure if you “buy” players, or chart your progress by how your team members score in actual games. But I believe it provides hours of fun for football fans (I will have to ask some of my male work colleagues to explain it to me as my husband has no idea).
Do sewists ever make plans that we will never carry out, but have a kind of ideal quality? I read an interesting post from Dr Elizabeth this week, where she covers the Fantasy 6PAC. She writes
One thing I like to do when I get a pattern magazine is to try to construct a 6 piece wardrobe from the patterns in the magazine and my fabric stash. I mean, mostly in my head, because my sewing time is limited. I find that limiting my patterns leads to a more creative mindset for me. I am someone who can get stuck in a rut, and also someone who can be paralyzed looking for the “perfect” pattern or the “perfect” fabric…My rule of thumb is: two bottoms, two tops, two layers all working together.
I found this interesting. Since being introduced to the Sewing With A Plan and the pared down 6 PAC (basically a SWAP with just six items as described by Elizabeth, above) process (of putting a coordinated wardrobe or collection together), I have started to think about what to make next in a more structured way. This year I had three possible SWAPs which I had imagined on numerous tube journeys. The neutrals collection; the inspired by Vivienne Westwood and the Sweetpea collection (which I am executing). Like Elizabeth I have limited time to actually make things up – but my mind still works out what it would be great to sew if time were not so short.
So I have another SWAP notion. Obviously I am in the middle of SWAP 2016 and won’t be really planning the next one until Christmas. There is no reason why I couldn’t or shouldn’t make this set of 11 items up between May and December, or any other time of my choosing. But, like that neutrals collections, I am unlikely to actually make this collection. But I wanted to get it down as I think it is an interesting idea.
My new collection a capsule collection – featuring all the items that magazines and blogs say are “indispensable” “classics” “suit everyone” items. This, of course, is far from the truth. We all have different body shapes and colouring and we don’t all suit a “Little Black Dress” or “A white shirt” for example. My idea is to stick to classic shapes and colours, but branch out a little with the shapes. Firstly I have listed 11 items that usually make up the capsule wardrobe (in cooler climates).
The classic, capsule wardrobe collection
- Tailored jacket
- Tailored trousers
- Tailored shirt
- Leather jacket
- T shirt
- Fitted skirt
- Fitted dress
- Warm coat
Here is my version
Set 1: The first three items are a navy trousers suit with a white shirt. This gives a high authority look and would be suitable for work. I would make the jacket very shaped and the shirt important in its own right with a strong detail – cuff links, a bold collar or maybe a twist or wrapped look. This suit is the sort of thing I would like, with a more fitted jacket, and not in beige.
Set 2: This is the casual or off duty outfit; denim jeans, a T shirt and a leather jacket. I think I would use indigo denim for the jeans, and make a white T shirt for a really classic look. Maybe flared jeans (I have not finished with that Birkin jeans pattern) or self dyed indigo jeans. The T shirt could be novel in terms of its cut or styling, but I may just opt for a well fitted classic T shirt. I would have fun with the jacket – probably making another peplum jacket but this time using dark green suede. The photograph again has a nice neutral colour scheme – I wouldn’t have the chiffon piece hanging down, but roughly these shapes.
Set 3; Here I would add a further skirt and top, plus a dress. I would make a straight skirt in bottle green so that it would work perfectly with suede jacket. Also with the white shirt and navy jacket from set 1 it would be a good work outfit. My blouse would be a shell top, designed to go with the skirt – simple in shape but using a patterned fabric to bring the collection together. I would look for fabric that was white, navy, dark green and dark brown – or I would paint some silk to bring these colours together. To bring the fabric to life I may add red, pink or yellow. This blouse would look good with the navy suit, the jeans or the bottle green set. The dress would be a very classic shape but I think I would make it in white. This would look great with the navy and dark green jackets. The dress would function as my LBD.
Wildcards: Because I am in the UK I would make a couple of coats. One would be warm for cold days – I would love to buy some dark brown shearling to make a really nice loose fit coat. And my raincoat would be trench style, but not in boring beige. I would choose a cheerful colour taken from my silk blouse pattern – yellow, red or shocking pink. In a warmer climate I would put a summer skirt and cardigan here, or a couple of casual summer dresses – one smarter and one a maxi dress.
Do you have a fantasy wardrobe or a coordinating set you would like to own (but will probably never sew)? Do you dream up ideal 6PACs like Elizabeth and me, or do you think we are nutty?