Wednesday, August 29, 2007

Planning for fall sewing

Well, I'm back from holidays and trying to re-adjust to going to office :) My brain still refuses to get into "work" mode and office hours seem unusually long, but little by little I'm hopefully getting back on track.

After getting the second prize in the PR Wardrobe contest for my summer wardrobe, my mind was already set on fall sewing the entire holidays, so like every season these past two years, I've started reading a lot about fall/winter trends. This means buying tons of magazines, reading them, cutting (hm, tearing) away pictures that I like and gluing them in a big notebook. My favorite website for reading about fashion trends is (surprisingly maybe) not, but Fashion Era. Why? Because Pauline from Fashion Era not only does a comprehensive and informative synthesis of key trends (read her trend report here), but always has a Wardrobe tips article, telling you what to keep and what to get every season if you want to be really trendy, as well as providing tips for updating your wardrobe.

Other articles that I found useful are from Stylediary:
Even before holidays, the idea of sewing capsule wardrobes haunted me. I know I want to do a Salsa dancing wardrobe, but haven't planned in detail. And I want to do a Fall/Winter wardrobe as well. I might be doing a storyboard soon, but here is what I've decided so far:
  • It's going to be a black, white and grey wardrobe. I'll add accents in red (jacket, skirt, trousers planned; white, black and red dress; I have lots of red jewelry; I want to buy a nice red leather bag; I found gorgeous Italian patent shoes on sale during my holidays - photo soon)
  • I'll also add accents (jackets, jewelry, bags) in bold bright jewel colours: I'm thinking yellow (already bought a necklace and a bag - pictures soon), green and the star colour of this season, purple.
  • I want to make cropped retro jackets, I like bell sleeves worn with long gloves (have to get or make long gloves)
  • I want pencils skirts, high-waisted
  • I want A-line dresses (worn with opaque tights) and slim dresses
  • I want more slouchy pants and maybe men's pants too (without the pleat)
  • I haven't decided on how many items I will sew, but there are going to be more tops than bottoms and each item will have to go with at least three other items.
  • I want to sew one or two coats. Maybe a trench too if I find the right fabric.
A storyboard with fabrics and patterns will probably follow quite soon, but I want to do a more careful planning (even if I will change it many times) and maybe wait for the September issue of Burda WOF as well.


Laura said...

Hi Laura, glad you're back! Thanks for all the links, I'm off to read them all. I absolutely adore all the purples that are in this fall.

Cherie said...

Great to see you back! But I want Italian red leather shoes!! Timmel Fabrics SWAP is coming soon, you are already preparing for it! And thanks for the links, too.

Linda said...

Welcome Back! I missed your posts and can't wait to see what you create.

Tany said...

Welcome back Laura and thank you for the links!

Congrats on the 2nd prize!!

Alana said...

I'm glad you're back. I didn't realize that you were away, so I was getting worried!

Laura said...

Hi, everybody! It is good to be back in the blogosphere. I missed this little virtual world of mine! Can't wait to start sewing again and I will try to post pictures as soon as possible.
Hope you like the links.

Vicki said...

Sounds exciting. Looks like we are in for some treats!