We are in week eleven of the Wardrobe Architect series, and I am excited about being near the end! I have learned so much during this process, much more than I honestly thought I would, and I'm ready to put my lessons into action.
And though I'm ready to put the lessons I've learned into place, for me, deciding on what to make next is the hardest part. There are a lot of amazing patterns out there, but for each new pattern, an investment of time must be made. If you are reading this, you likely sew, and if you sew, you know that you cannot simply sew something up, and then bam! It's perfect! A muslin must be made, patterns must be altered for fit, and then the project is seen through completion. I know I am not the only person who works through all of this for a pattern, only to not love the finished item. And so what do I do? I make the same four or so patterns over and over again. But while that is an easy answer to a successful project, it also makes for a rather boring closet.
So along with all the other lessons I've learned so far along this journey, I am also making a promise to myself to try lots of different patterns. I am not going to make some goal, like "I must sew all of these on this list" or "only make each thing once" necessarily, but I am going to be very conscious about moving onto something new next. I really want to have a more diverse wardrobe, while all still feeling like me and all still looking great on my body type.
The one Wardrobe Architect rule that is broken in the patterns below is the sleeveless factor. I included some sleeveless dresses because they will look great over a tee shirt, or I plan to wear them with a cardigan. I really am kinda done with being sleeveless right now. Maybe that will change later, but for now, I am far more comfortable with sleeves.
I went through all the indie designers I could think of and looked at patterns that interest me. I've gathered those below by garment type as my "planning your pieces" list. But of course, this is a lot of patterns, so some might not make the final list in the end. And believe it or not, I actually already own most of these patterns, so that investment has already been made.
There are very clear holes here that need to be filled, namely in the skirts and pants section. I was honestly shocked at how few skirts interested me. So that is something I need to look at. Perhaps I should browse the big four brands, which I haven't done as of yet. If you have a favorite skirt pattern, please do tell! I clearly need suggestions.
Okay, so without further ado, here's my massive potential "to sew" list, some of which are of course already in heavy rotation in my closet. Each one links to the original pattern listing by the designer, and all the photos were grabbed from the designer's site. Oh, and if the pattern has more than one view that are really different and I plan to sew both, I listed them separately. And of course, there are likely vintage patterns in my stash and pattern from books that I should include too, but one step at a time! Okay, here we go!
Skirts & Pants
The Wardrobe Architect Series:
2016 Wardrobe Architect Project
Wardrobe Architect Week One: Making Style More Personal
Wardrobe Architect Week Two: Defining a Core Style
Wardrobe Architect Week Three: Exploring Shapes
Wardrobe Architect Week Four: Proportions and Silhouettes
Wardrobe Architect Week Five: Your Color Story
Wardrobe Architect Week Six: Organizing Your Palette
Wardrobe Architect Week Seven: Exploring Solids & Prints
Wardrobe Architect Week Eight: Hair, Makeup, & Beauty
Wardrobe Architect Week Nine: The Capsule Wardrobe
Wardrobe Architect Week Ten: The Capsule Palette
Wardrobe Architect Week Eleven: Planning Your Pieces
Wardrobe Architect Week Twelve: Adding Accessories
Wardrobe Architect Week Thirteen: Overcoming Editing Hurdles