Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Wardrobe Planning

Further to my recent post about wardrobe planning, and remembering posts where other sewists actually plan what they are going to wear each day, I thought that I would put some planning into action.  My new resolution is organize my clothes for work for a week, including jewelry and accessories, in an attempt to vary my wardrobe (no duplicates within a two week period), reduce the amount of clothes in my wardrobe that I just don't wear and identify gaps in clothing that I can then make (the really fun part!).

This week seemed a good week to start - it is a short week due to Good Friday and I am off work on Tuesday - so I only need to plan for three days (I like to ease myself slowly into new challenges!).  So here we go:

Lilac cotton/lycra cardi, grey linen Sorbetto, black linen TNT trousers.

Green Ponte cardi (McCalls 6168), black TNT vest top, cotton 'target' skirt.

Lipstick red cotton long-line cardi, white linen Sorbetto top, black pinstripe TNT trousers.  Although I am wearing the same style cardi for two days running, I will be out of the office on the second day so my colleagues that see me one day will not see me the next!

I have also set up some partitions in a drawer with my jewelry, so that I can mix that up as well, as I find that I tend to wear the same items all the time, and I have rather a lot that just never gets to see the light of day.

So, what have I learned from this so far?  I need to replace the green ponte cardi as the fabric is pilling.  I have purchased some lovely cotton/lycra so will get that made up quite soon,  I also need a a plain black jacket cardi as the one I made recently was rather a failure, although I am wondering about putting a band around the waist to make it look as though I am wearing a belt - that might draw in the excess fabric.  Also, vest tops.  I love my Sorbetto's to bits, but I do need some jersey/knit vest tops - time to pleay with my new machine!!

How about you?  Do you plan ahead, or run round in a panic deciding what to wear as the time ticks down in the morning . . . . ?


  1. I'm in awe of this idea - particularly if you continue with it! I'm not a 'morning person' so getting ready is always a bit of a panic (usually what I want isn't ironed), but I'm not convinced I can change. Maybe if I didn't stay up late reading sewing blogs ;) Am I allowed to comment on the outfits? Because I just love that bright floral skirt with the lime and the anchor scarf with the red. Fabulous!

  2. Thank-you, and of course you can comment! I have to say that I am not a morning person, and spend an inordinate amount of time getting ready when I am on a tight time crunch. With next week being a short week I am confident that I can pre-plan that week as well - as long as I get the tops made this weekend that I need!

    Your comments are appreciated - I love a punch of colour and look forward to wearing these outfits!

  3. I'm retired from work so have no real need to plan my wardrobe but am trying to wear different things each day. When I was working I wore a uniform so it's hard to get out of the habit of putting the same old things on over and over. For instance I have lived in jeans for years but this summer I mixed in a lot of skirts. I must say I enjoyed the change. I love your wonderful variety of cardis. And that lime one with the printed skirt looks stunning.

  4. Excellent idea . I love all your mixtures of color.. SO nice.. As Kathy said above, I am retired and when I did work, I worked at the Hospital and wore the same old costume day after day.. [Very boring for 25 years,ha].
    I really love all the cardi's you have made..Look so nice with both pants and skirts.

  5. It is a good idea - not easy, but a good idea :). Then comes disciplined sewing to fill the gaps - I've been doing that recently, and while boring, it is needed to build a basic wardrobe.

  6. I love Tuesday! Wonderful colours and so coordinated without being contrived. I usually pick a principal colour for the week and work around that each day.


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