Saturday, January 14, 2012

Spring Wardrobe Planning

Every January my thoughts turn to sewing spring clothes. Perhaps I associate tweeds and plaids with fall, perhaps post-holiday blues make me wish for a new season.  It's going to be a high of 25 degrees here tomorrow, but that isn't stopping my warmer weather daydreams.  Here are RTW inspiration images (from Polyvore) for a sewn spring wardrobe:

Spring Wardrobe Planning











It's going to be very navy-heavy: I have a ton of navy blue fabric in my stash, so it's clearly time to start sewing it.  Navy is the ultimate neutral: what doesn't it go with?  (Seriously, think about it.  Black.  And perhaps brown.  But there are arguments for both of those.)

The navy palette will be punctuated with shots of yellow, kelly green, and apricot.  (Speaking of apricot, my dream spring outfit would be a deep lavender skirt, an apricot shell, and an olive jacket.  May have to hunt down a lightweight lavender wool crepe or thick cotton...)

A la those at JCrew and Madewell, I'd love to sew up a gingham button-up shirt.  Or two.  Or four: yellow, blue, green, red... It will be a challenge to learn how to sew plaids/stripes: something I haven't done yet.

I also plan on sewing a few tan jackets.  I love beige: not on my walls, but in my closet?  Definitely.  I wear a lot of solid-colored sheaths to work, and neutral jackets to throw on top would be great wardrobe builders.

Patterns are still TBD.  I'll probably sew a lot of Burda patterns from my 2011 subscription.  I'm a converted Burda devotee, and it was such a treat to receive the magazine in the mail each month.  But I can't keep up with the patterns.  There are so many pieces I wanted to make, but I only had time to sew 1 or 2 before the next round of patterns arrived.  It became almost overwhelming.  This may be a strange solution, but my plan is to start my subscription again next year after I've sewn from the 2011 magazines.

Are your thoughts turning to spring - or even summer - sewing?  What are your plans?

21 comments:

Lori said...

Looks like a great wardrobe plan. I really like all the green in the plan.

Faye Lewis said...

Looks like the IDEAL spring wardrobe to me. There are lots of combinations there and the colors are fab.

K.Line said...

You've got some green in there - it's a colour that goes so well with navy (my fave as you know) but I never wear green. It's weird. I think this is a lovely mood board. Can't wait to see how it turns into outfits.

Vanessa said...

This is a nice wardrobe plan! I like the color combinations you chose.

Alice said...

Great wardrobe plan! And I love navy blue too. It's weird,but one year ago I didn't like it :) hahahha!

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The Hojnackes said...

Love the colors! Navy is a great neutral base.

a little sewing said...

ooooh, look at all that color! I'm with you - navy goes with everything!
I'm feeling spring, too.

Doobee said...

Love the navy base - so much friendlier than black!!! Some great pops of colour. My thoughts are turning towards Autumn and Winter - yes, the other side of the world...

Karin said...

Love it! I have some navy in my stash too. I keep imagining it sewn into wide leg trousers looking smart with the lemon coloured jacket I sewed last spring. So I really appreciate your wardrobe ideas. Navy blue hasn't been popular in a while and it feels like it's time for it to come back around. It's also a nice foil for orange which is the Pantone colour for 2012.

Sheila said...

Great colors and noticed the Loft had a sizeable selection of navy blue pieces and had to pinch myself to keep from buying.

Carolyn (cmarie12) said...

Seriously? The only thing I'm thinking about spring is can it be that temperature now! *LOL* No I'm deep into winter sewing. I'm not tired of it yet nor looking towards spring but I would like 50degree weather or low 40s for the rest of the winter. Is that possible?

Sophia said...

I love all of your choices and colors. I've been wanting to sew a lot of navy lately, also. However, I'm no where near thinking about Spring sewing, especially since today started out in the single digits :)

The Slapdash Sewist said...

I like your color story--you will enjoy wearing these clothes! I am still in cold-weather sewing mindset. Now I just need to actually get around to said sewing...

Maggie said...

I like the navy idea! It's always classy a la Jackie Kennedy and of course Chanel. Not as somber as black and I think blends better with some great colors. I'll be interested to see your collection come along.

Gabrielle said...

I really like your planned wardrobe - these are great colour combinations. To be honest I am a very easily distracted sewer and I find it becomes less fun when I make myself stick to a plan. That does mean my wardrobe is non-matching and strange though...

Carolyn said...

I think your wardrobe plans are wonderful, absolutely gorgeous colours, and of course navy goes with both black and brown, imo! Hilariously, I am dreaming of an autumnal and winter wardrobe now, even though we are still having very hot weather (mid 30'sC) and will do for the next few months.

Anonymous said...

i love navy!
i wish i could do everything i already do and still have time and desire to sew my own wardrobe. this is beautiful.
anna

Wanda said...

Stopped by to see how the navy wardrobe was progressing. Hope to see some pictures soon. Meanwhile, you have inspired me to work from my stash and I am off to the sewing room to pull out some navy fabric and coordinating knits to see what I can do for spring. Will come back later to check on your progress.
Wanda in Edmonton

Cennetta said...

I've really missed out of some great inspirational posts these past few weeks. This one is a goody. I picked out about five garments from your inspiration board I'd like to have this Spring.

You are so proactive. I'm still sewing fall and winter pieces.
C

Helen said...

I'm working on a plan.....which will include maxi dresses. Actually several dresses....they are so much cooler to wear, and I love that vintage fashion is so strongly influencing current fashion.

I adore that blue gingham shirt; I'd like to see several things (tops mostly) in that same blue.....strolis

April said...

I love dresses that speak of a certain emotion. I typically buy my stuff at Chicos and they give me such huge discounts.