I've only recently embraced the idea of a tried and true (TNT, appropriate acronym) pattern, which I now see is a great way to build up a basic well-fitted wardrobe. I've also realized that a basic wardrobe is just that: button front shirts, pants and skirts in traditional colors. The me of even 3 years ago would have scoffed at this idea. But now I like the idea of a wardrobe capsule because it seems like that is just the next step in developing a basic wardrobe. The formula I've seen is essentially the following, where the tops and bottoms are in complementary colors to allow for endless mixing and matching:
3-5 tops + 2-4 bottoms + 1 dress (optional) + 2 pairs shoes
Pattern companies also think in this formula, but whenever I look at their wardrobe capsules I get stuck in the idea of it being too formal, it being too vacation oriented, or just more of a look than I want to commit to. Here are a few examples of these wardrobes, that seem to be sewing on a theme.
|Vogue 2779. It's hard to imagine these pieces in fabrics other than the satin, lace, and sequins, but I guess this could be made from linen and jersey for a summery casual wardrobe.|
|Vogue 8641. This one IS in linen and jersey. And I guess made up in satin and linen it would look a lot like 2779.|
|I like this capsule (Vogue 8679) quite a bit. The pieces are basic but there's still a statement piece (the jacket).|
|But it looks just like this one, Vogue 1132, which has a similar jacket and skirt. Oh I see the difference: the skirt is longer and the jacket is shorter. And it doesn't come with a pattern for the shirt. That's sold separately.|
I've never had a wardrobe plan before and don't think I'm going to pick up a wardrobe pattern anytime soon. As I said, I've always thought in terms of individual pieces. But a few days ago I took the step towards a plan. I bought a lime green embossed cotton for a skirt, turquoise stretch twill for a new pair of skinnies, and various gingham shirtings to make some summer shirts and match with the bottoms.
I have some questions for my readers:
- Do you plan your wardrobe?
- If so, how do you stick to your plan? I've often gotten distracted or end up repurposing a fabric for another project.
- How do you keep your clothes from all ending up one color or style? Or do you prefer that (I'm not one to judge having been on the opposite end of the spectrum!)