My friend Joyce made a great suggestion.
Why don’t you make your weekend wear to suit your new house on the water front? Why not have this setting for your next collection? A wardrobe that suits the location and lifestyle – in your colours – the clothing in the vibe of your new home!
Since she came up with this idea I have found myself fascinated by the concept of a “country weekend wardrobe” inspired by the lake side location of our holiday home.
The house is coming along, and is due to be finished by Christmas. And Christmas is the time when the Sewing with a Plan kicks off. So I think this is a super idea for next years SWAP. Joyce has already suggested the twist – by the water – that has got me thinking.
I want to do the SWAP again (I dropped out this year as my collection never caught fire). I want a challenge. So while I appreciate how much many other sewists get a real kick out of quick and easy patterns, made on the overlocker from stretchy fabric, I prefer slow sewing. Taking my time. Thinking it through. Making the patterns myself probably. Getting a good fit even if the garments are less structured. Looking for great, interesting fabrics that don’t cost too much.
Following my last post where I concluded that I wanted a wardrobe that is
- made from nice, luxurious, soft fabrics
- pared down, mix and match
- in a restricted palette, with good neutrals
- sophisticated and classy
- striking, stylish and different
- well fitted
The images below are are stylish women wearing casual clothes, giving the kind of feel I am looking for.
While mainly based on separates I thought a pinafore dress and a jumpsuit (which could also be the sort you were a top underneath) might be useful. The illustrations below are from Topshop – just indicative of the garment type.
I want the following items for a versatile, multi-seasonal wardrobe. loose fitting trousers
- loose fitting trousers 1
- loose fitting trousers 2
- loose fitting trousers 3
- unstructured jacket
- sweat shirt
- long sleeved T shirt 1
- long sleeved T shirt 2
- pullover jumper
- loose fitting pinafore dress
- jumpsuit/boiler suit
Although I am a classic dresser I do not like dull, predictable, safe choices. I love neutrals – white, lighter greys and navy. But I am wary of wearing light grey and beige as they can look a bit wishy washy and can (if you are fair skinned) make you blend into the background, especially as you age. I want colour and pattern too. I want to have a “look”, not just wear functional clothes. Again, as Joyce emphasised, without your job your brand is just yourself.
If I take Joyce’s suggestion that the collection should be inspired by the Lakeside I automatically think in terms of colour. My environment is
- Navy blue
What do you think? Do I need a skirt? Are the colours interesting enough or too neutral? Will these clothes look good as long as I have the right shoes and hair cut?
I need more outwear, but at present I am thinking my existing wet weather clothes are fine.