I haven't written about this recently because there wasn't enough material for weekly posts. I am completing the project though - it's been amazingly helpful filtering what I want to make and wear (as opposed to love on other people). So for me and anyone following along, here is a brief run down of my weeks 9 - 12. Click on the headings to take you back to the original Coletterie post.
I'm starting from a base of few clothes so a bit of planning helps with my feeling of 'I need to make everything'. My capsule needs to have a mixture of cooler and warmer weather clothes to cope with the climate where I live. The first exercise suggested was to pick some silhouettes. My two main ones will be oversized top/slimmer bottom for casual days and an old-fashioned cardi/A-line skirt/wider trousers for everything else (I'm not excited by discussing silhouettes, sorry!).
One of the things I hoped to get from this project was a definitive and strong sense of 'my style'. I admire so many different looks, from vintage inspired to the truly avant garde. I am often impressed when a fellow blogger puts together an outfit that is completely 'them'. However, trying to come up with 'style icons' really cemented in my mind that what I admire in other women is the strength of character they have to overcome adversity or live creatively, and only in the very smallest part how they dress :) So while I genuinely enjoy admiring all those who are fabulously stylish, I am happily giving up the search for 'my look'. I'm going to make what I need and (later) what I fancy - sometimes something vintage, sometimes something modern - focus on living creatively, and accept I have eclectic taste.
I've photographed the fabrics I plan to work with that I have so far, for my capsule wardrobe.
The green isn't my palette at all (and is way brighter IRL) but it came my way secondhand, and if a decent fabric comes my way secondhand I don't argue. Plus I like it against navy. (All these fabrics are secondhand. I'm hoping the majority of my capsule wardrobe fabrics will be.)
By the way, I will also be making other stuff that's not part of this project from fabric I already own, so there will still be a fair bit of randomness (as hinted at above). The capsule will be a base so I actually have enough coordinating clothes to wear.
I followed the steps suggested of seeing what I have that matches the colours and silhouettes I've chosen, finding the holes, shopping for inspiration (in my pattern collection:) ) and making a list.
I'm fortunate enough to have what I need/want. (Although I would like some vintage style sunglasses, thinking about it.) I love bracelets, bangles, scarves and shoes the best of all accessories right now.
I've done such a lot of planning, I'm really looking forward to the fruits of this project. I intend to photograph all the clothes I make together when they are done, so I can see what I've achieved!
Happy sewing, 'til next time,