If you follow Colette Patterns’ blog, Coletterie, then you might be familiar with the Wardrobe Architect series. Essentially, it’s a 14-week challenge aimed at creating a succinct, meaningful personal wardrobe. Weekly themes see seamsters defining a core style, exploring silhouettes, picking a color palette, and finally choosing and sewing a capsule wardrobe.
I found out about the series several weeks into this year’s challenge and thought it sounded like a fabulous idea—if only I’d stumbled across it in January. Maybe next year I’ll take the plunge and complete the series from start to finish. This time around, I’m simply taking inspiration from current and past Wardrobe Architect posts. If anything, I’m just glad that the series reintroduced Polyvore back into my life.
Polyvore’s collage function is super fun to play around with and—as you can see above—I’ve already taken advantage of it to create a small but curated plan for my spring and summer wardrobe. For now, I’m focusing on six items that I’m positive will get a good deal of wear, maaaaybe with the exception of the bold floral shift. (It’s spring, let me LIVE A LITTLE.) And now for the plans:
Sleeveless Button Up
Pattern: Grainline Studio’s Archer Button Up
Sewn it already? yes, but this time I’ll use Jen’s pattern tutorial to create a sleeveless version
Possible fabric: solid color; silk, lightweight cotton, lightweight chambray
Solid Knit Tee
Pattern(s): Grainline Studio’s Scout Tee or Deer and Doe’s Plantain T-Shirt
Sewn it already? yes, both patterns multiple times
Possible fabric: I’d love to find a hunter green similar to the one in the collage above; ponte knit or something similarly sturdy
Floral Shift Dress
Pattern: Colette Patterns’ Laurel
Sewn it already? nope, but it’s bought and patiently waiting in my stash
Fabric: this bright Kaffe Fassett print, which I recently bought online for the sole purpose of creating a floral Laurel. I’m praying I don’t hate it when I rip open the box.
Pattern(s): not quite sure yet; I’m considering Grainline’s Maritime Shorts, Sewaholic’s Thurlow Shorts, and Dixie DIY’s Movies in the Park Shorts
Sewn it already? none of ’em!
Fabric: I guess it depends on which pattern I choose, but a printed denim or twill would be cool
Pattern: Deer and Doe’s Chardon Skirt
Sewn it already? no, but I’ve admired this stunner from afar on the likes of several different bloggers
Fabric: dunno yet—so many options—v. overwhelmed
Woven Straight Leg Pants
Pattern: True Bias’s Hudson Pants
Sewn it already? yup, two pairs in knit fabric. I’ll use Kelli’s woven Hudson tutorial to make this pair.
Fabric: something breezy but opaque; maybe a lightweight cotton?
And there you have it: six items that I’m hoping will not only come to fruition but also get a lot of wear this coming spring and summer. Here’s hoping the sewing is as fun as the planning! Do you have any seasonal wardrobe plans?