Sunday, October 10, 2010

Slow & Steady...

Organizing and sewing a wardrobe rather than making individual garments is like creating a line. All the clothing and accessories should to be a cohesive presentation of your taste and style. Doing that involves culling, revising, more culling and really addressing the whole of the wardrobe while giving each garment the individual attention it needs to become something really wonderful to wear.

Some of you may recognize more than a few of these images and patterns from an earlier post that shared my inspiration boards. These photos show the next steps which involve editing the photos and coordinating them with patterns and fabrics so that the picture of and process become clearer. You may also see that you have repeated the same shapes and styles, which is good because those repetitions are an echo of your desired style.
I rarely drape or make a pattern from scratch. Everything has been done before and it is much easier to adjust an existing pattern to meet my needs. Of course knowing how to size is important but the good thing about using existing patterns, photos and a simple sketch showing the changes you want is that you can seek outside help from seamstresses and tailors that know their art.  
Once you have the outline of the all the garments you want made you can address each by truly considering fabrics, lining and notions needed for construction. The back of the pattern is useful in determining this.

The key to maintaining the concept of a wardrobe rather than the making of an individual garment is to regroup all the sketches, pictues, fabric swatches. I ususally place each "garment" into a large plastic freezer bag. Doing so allows me to see images and fabrics and often the fabrics will cross polinate to other items, for example the quilted bags below introduce themselves to a hat. I then re -pin each bag to the inspiration board in an order that feels right to me - accessories (hats, bags), blouses, suits, pants, skirts, dresses, coats - so that I can see the individual projects as a whole.

Making a wardrobe is an investment of time and resource. Forgive yourself for not getting it all done at once because unless you're designing a line for the season you have as much time as you need to determine your own style.
All Images © Simone Rene 2010

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