Friday, June 1, 2012
A Wee Bit Of (Possibly Pathological) Fun
I just loved wearing this outfit. Easy to wear. Tons of detail and texture without being fussy or overwhelming. Very romantic without being saccharine, twee, or 'too young'. No limitations on any activity whatsoever. It even has sun protection!
And how nice for my readers that i'm not wearing those baggy Faconnables - nothing beats a change of pace, am i right? Do you find that leather reduces the 'sweetness' of an outfit, the way i do? I feel that the leather slides really ground this look from the front.......
....from the back, it's the jute-embroidered belt. Another fave of mine, the outfits which transforms itself when seen from different angles (however slightly).
That's that in terms of this look. But i have been a busy wardrobe-planning bee! I've finished my first Sorbetto blouse (i'm wearing it now). I have coton voile for Sorbetto the Second with Sleeves, it's pre-washed and the grainline rectified. I've transferred my adjustments to the pattern, it's ready to cut.
But mostly, i've been planning and listing like the Tasmanian Devil! i've been working on my Personal Minimum Wardrobe Plan from Sewing Plum's blog. I've decided i need five columns: Summer Categories, Strictly Summer Items, Temperate Items, Strictly Winter Items, Winter Categories (Temperate Items span summer and winter uses). I'm finding that this particular document hits a sweet spot between concrete advice and flexibility to customize the list to your own needs. The PWM bridges the theoretical to the specific material in a clear, sensible way i've not yet found in any other plan. I'm enjoying working with this document as well as getting many very useful, concrete ideas out of this work. If you are interested in wardrobe planning, Sewing Plum's blog is so packed full of excellent resources i cannot begin to say. What are you doing here - go there now!!! ; )
Here follows a list of the lists i've created in the last month - 'stash' list of fabrics on hand and their planned destinies (with swatches stapled to the list); master list of all clothing items in decent shape that i plan to keep in the coming year (ie, not too worn out or similar); list of blouse and bottoms patterns; list of wardrobe priorities for June 2012 (shopping, sewing, and alterations list); list of interesting fabrics spotted on May 27 visit to Stone Mountain and Daughter and some ideas for using said fabrics; list of socks to buy.
If that sounds a wee bit pathological - well, i can see why. I like to think it's harmless fun. Do any of you go through these type of theoretical/list making/whole hog planning phases in terms of your own wardrobe?