Monday, March 8, 2010

Mini Wardrobe anyone?

Since one of my goals for this year was to participate in a contest at PR, I've been watching the contest threads and contemplating the offerings for this year.  I thought about joining in on the lingerie contest, but I missed the boat for that one.  I like the idea of the mini wardrobe though, and I think it is a good way to get my feet wet, so to speak.  The requirements are to make 4 garments, all of which coordinate and which will create 4 distinct "outfits".  All that has to be done in 4 weeks.  Since I am jazzed about my jeans, they are going to be the central element in my wardrobe.  I'm thinking of a "Blues" sort of theme, with all of my fabrics being in blue or purple.  I did some pattern and fabric stash "shopping"  and this is my preliminary lineup.
I know.  Even Mitch thinks it's boring.  Still, it's where I'm starting...

Left to right is a dark denim that will become McCall's 5142, the lavender jersey burdastyle 02/2010-122, the grey suiting with blue pinstripes will be OOP Vogue 8157 in the capri length, and the blue stretch poplin New Look 6704 view C.

I'm thinking that I really need a print to break up the monotony of all those solids, but there isn't anything in my stash (at least, not that I could immediately uncover) that goes with this color scheme.  Mitch suggested a stripe for the burdastyle top.  That's how it is styled in burdastyle and it is pretty cute.  I'm not sure I want to do a stripe though, since it has to go with my pinstripe.  Of course, I could toss the pinstripe and make a flowy skirt...  Maybe this one in navy linen?  Bleah.  Another solid.  What's a girl to do??  What do you think?

14 comments:

  1. I really like your plan. I don't think it's boring at all. The pin stripe and the jeans add texture. Is embellishment allowed?

    ReplyDelete
  2. I like the fabrics you have in mind, but a print for the Burda top would open be nice...sounds like a good reason to go fabric shopping (wink! wink!) :)

    ReplyDelete
  3. I like your line-up too. I should really consider doing the contest. Maybe it would light a fire under my bum!

    ReplyDelete
  4. I think it's always a good idea wiht a mini wardrobe to do basics. However, ONE print in blue and lavender would be really pretty, right? Get thee shopping. (That is lavender, right?)

    ReplyDelete
  5. Prints are so hard - I rarely sew with them or even wear them - I much prefer solids... I don't think it's boring at all! Hope that helps!

    ReplyDelete
  6. I'm glad you're going for this contest. I always think about it but am intimidated by all the fabulous seamstresses at PR. I'll be watching your progress. : )

    ReplyDelete
  7. What a coincidence. I'm about to start my own mini-wardrobe-plan existing of 4 pieces. But I don't want/need the stress of a deadline right now.
    If you feel up to it you should take part.
    I like the colours of your fabrics and I believe that solids can be very interesting and look good together. And the pinstripe (which I like a lot by the way!) isn't actually a solid colour is it?
    Good luck, if you decide to take part.

    ReplyDelete
  8. Good on you - that will be a fun and useful contest to enter since you get at least 4 wearable "looks" after it! I wish I could enter this contest, but there's no way I could make 4 garments in a month - you, however, I'm sure could make 4 garments in a week!

    ReplyDelete
  9. Solids would be fine because your patterns were interesting - not just plain T-shirts. Are you going to have a row of giant flowers going down your leg on the jeans??? Mercy!

    ReplyDelete
  10. I think stripes and pinstripes can go together, but really, solids in a mini-wardrobe is going to create the most versatile number of pieces.

    Under normal circumstances i think I would enter the mini wardrobe and I even have a plan, but I will be out of town/crazy busy for two of the four weekends and there's no way I could get it done.

    ReplyDelete
  11. I have made a couple of sewn wardrobes, and find that solids or almost solids are the most versatile. A print looks good in the wardrobe photos, but more neutral pieces extend the real life wardrobe more effectively - unless of course the most gorgeous print that co-ordinates with everything pops out at you!

    ReplyDelete
  12. I'm excited for you and your decision to participate in the wardrobe contest! I like your pics and can't wait to see you completed pieces:)

    ReplyDelete
  13. I love your choices! I'm thinking of entering too -- mainly because I already had fabric on the way to make a top/sweater set. So if I add two bottoms - voila! mini-wardrobe. And I could use it, seriously. You should definitely do it -- worst case, you miss the deadline but you've done a great job expanding and coordinating your wardrobe.

    ReplyDelete
  14. I like your color palette. I was gearing up to enter, then the formal dress popped up as well as still needing an easter dress and something to wear to a wedding this spring and well, I just don't have time anymore. :(

    I'm excited to see what you come up with and will be rooting you on!

    ReplyDelete