A few months ago, Sarai from Colette Patterns published a blog post about taking a closet inventory, along with a download for an inventory template. I downloaded the template, and went through the exercise of taking a detailed inventory of my closet. This was a very useful exercise for me and the results were … eye-opening. It really made me think about what my wardrobe looks like now and how I would like it to look.
Then I came across Justine’s post on Sew Country Chick about sewing a basic wardrobe, with recommendations for a few key pieces for a foundation of a basic wardrobe. I really liked Justine’s list and the whole idea behind it. So much so, actually, that I decided to put together my own list of wardrobe basics to sew for my own wardrobe.
Mine undoubtedly includes a few more basic pieces, largely because I spend every weekday in a law office, which requires more work-appropriate items. Also, my activities can change drastically from day to day depending on what is happening at the office. As much as I hate to wear them, a couple of suits really are wardrobe necessities for me.
In addition to my office attire, I really like the idea of having a stylish but comfortable weekend wardrobe as well. I would love to have pieces to choose from on the weekend other than plain ol’ jeans and a t-shirt.
So, the goal I have set for myself, which will likely stretch out over a couple (or more) years, is to sew a quality basic, core wardrobe for myself. I hope to challenge myself along the way to learn the proper way to fit finish garments so that they will last. And of course I’ll spice up these basics with fun, trendy pieces (hopefully handmade) as well!
I would love to say that I’ll use up my prolific fabric stash to make said wardrobe, but I know that’s not realistic. I want these pieces to be quality pieces, and part of that is really good, quality apparel fabrics. My stash is currently fairly slim on high-quality apparel fabric, particularly in solid colors!
My hope is to unload (hopefully sell) a good chunk of what is currently in my stash and use that to offset the cost of the wool, silk and higher-quality cotton apparel fabric that I’ll want for this ongoing project.
Here is the link to my Pinterest board (for those interested), and I’ve been gradually putting together my plan:
- Charcoal skinny pants (Colette Clover, Burda High Waist Trousers)
- Navy trouser pants (Sewaholic Thurlow or Colette Juniper)
- Brown/tweed trouser pants (Sewaholic Thurlow or Colette Juniper)
- Charcoal pencil skirt (By Hand London Charlotte Skirt)
- Navy pencil skirt (By Hand London Charlotte Skirt)
- Brown/tweed A-line skirt (Colette Ginger or Beignet?)
- Cream silk blouse (Colette Sencha, or Sewaholic Alma)
- Lace blouse (Colette Laurel in Version 4)
- Pink silk blouse (Megan Nielsen Crescent Blouse)
- Little navy dress (This will be my version of the LBD. Navy is just so much more flattering on me than black!) (Colette Macaron, Peony, or Sewaholic Cambie)
- Shirtwaist dress (Colette Hawthorn)
- Lace shift dress (Colette Laurel)
- Charcoal blazer (I have no idea what pattern to use — any recommendations for a good fitted blazer pattern?)
- Navy jacket (Colette Anise)
- Print jacket (Colette Anise)
One area of my wardrobe that I intend to be primarily RTW is my jeans. I don’t know that I can ever replicate the quality and fit of a really good, high-quality pair of jeans, so I probably won’t even try.
- Colored skinny jeans or twill pants (Sew Liberated Skinny Jeans or Burda High Waist Trousers)
- Drawstring natural linen pants (Sewaholic Tofino or drawstring pants from Simple Modern Sewing)
- Chambray button-down shirt (Grainline Archer Shirt)
- Gingham/plaid shirt (Grainline Archer Shirt)
- Polka dot woven tank (Megan Nielsen Eucalypt Tank)
- Small print woven t-shirt (Grainline Scout Top)
- Neutral knit dress (Jamie Christina Miz Mozelle or Cake Patterns Tiramisu)
- Eyelet sundress (Colette Hazel)
- Woven tank dress (Megan Nielsen Eucalypt Dress)
- Denim skirt (Grainline’s Moss mini)
- Bright full skirt (Megan Nielsen Kelly Skirt)
- Navy polka dot full skirt or culottes (Megan Nielsen Tania Culottes?)
Jackets (Same request as above — what pattern would you use for a good fitted blazer?)
- Seersucker blazer
- Velveteen blazer
Anything I missed?