S.W.A.P. is a popular mantra in the sewing world. Just as one needs to be focused on what items to buy when planning out a versatile, functional wardrobe; one needs to do the same when creating a wardrobe. Otherwise, the same problems might arise – wardrobe orphans.
I have heard the 80/20 or cake and icing rule stated all over the blogosphere. You should work to create 80% hardworking, versatile basics and 20% icing – or the fun, sparkly stuff. As much as I want a closet full of fancy cocktail dresses – I really only need one or two – I should focus on creating items that can be worn day in and day out.
So, I have been working with a sewing plan, to keep myself on track, starting from the beginning. I hope that will prevent me from using valuable time and resources creating things that I will never wear.
I want to develop some “tried and true” patterns for pieces that will get the most wear in my life. I prefer to layer, so my outfits are usually jeans/shorts/skirt/capris, a shell or t-shirt, and a cardigan, pullover, light jacket or hoodie. My list looks like this, so far:
1. A shell pattern. I like the drape neck on myself, and have been eyeballing the day to night drape neck (http://www.craftsy.com/pattern/sewing/clothing/103—day-to-night-drape-top/39468) and Vogue 8669. I also like Style Arc’s Diana top (http://www.stylearc.com.au/stylearc/index.php?page=shop.product_details&flypage=flypage.tpl&product_id=38&category_id=22&option=com_virtuemart&Itemid=47).
2. A basic, fitted t-shirt pattern with neck line and sleeve variations. I hope the patterns included with the Craftsy Sewing with Knits class will fill this category.
3. Basic Sheath Dress that has neck and sleeve variations, for a wide assortment of fabrics (seasonal). McCall’s 2401 looks like a good candidate. I also like M6699, but it doesn’t have any variations. I love how Megan Kelly’s (Fox News anchor) dresses look and fit. Always a solid color, perfect fit, and minimal accessories. It looks so chic and can be very versatile!
4. A pencil skirt pattern – which I am working on with Sew Everything Workshop (reminds me, I need poster board and a glue stick). I would like Simplicity 2451, view B for a bit fuller skirt. I don’t really dig A-line skirts on myself, and that one is a bit fitted through the hips and then widens out.
5. A sundress pattern for woven fabrics. I would like to find a good summer sundress that fits like a glove and can be made in different prints. I think I would like to pick up New Look 6557.
6. I would like to find a jacket pattern – I am really looking to recreate a jacket I used to have and lost that was a heavy gauge linen/canvas type fabric, unlined, in a khaki color, but was cut like a blazer, so it was casual but had really good structure. I think that would make a versatile top and could be made in nicer fabrics as the need arises.
7. The perfect fit button up shirt, with sleeve variations – I have been dreaming about you!
8. A pajama set – I have been working on McCall’s 5248. I think it will be very versatile in the future. I just need to get the fit right and transfer that patterns to something heavier duty.
10. Tailored Shorts
11. A cardigan. I need to learn to knit. This will probably never happen.
I see a lot of fitting classes on Craftsy in my future. My local ASG group is working on creating a sloper for the bodice all year. I think I lucked out on this one! I did just miss the full year of creating the perfect trouser sloper. 😦