If you take a cruise around the sewing and fashion blogs right now, everywhere you look you will hear about a capsule wardrobe. According to Wikipedia, the term was created in 1970, by Susie Faux, the owner of Wardrobe, a London boutique. A capsule wardrobe is a collection of a few essential pieces of clothing that will never go out of fashion, which can then be augmented with seasonal pieces. This idea was popularized by American designer Donna Karan, who, in 1985, released an influential capsule collection of seven interchangeable work-wear pieces. Perhaps it is the desire to be more “green” or to just simplify life in general, but the concept is again popular as people clean out and organize in the New Year.
You can purchase a workbook that will help you develop your own style and a capsule wardrobe over on Into the Mind.
Un-fancy also has a capsule wardrobe planner. If you are looking for inspiration, a search for ‘capsule wardrobe” over on pinterest will give you tons of ideas, as will polyvore. In the sewing world, Marcy Tilton shows you how to use her patterns to develop a core wardrobe of 10 pieces and the ladies over at Artisan Square are running the SWAP (sewing with a purpose) where you sew 11 pieces: 5 tops, 3 bottoms and 3 wildcards – all of which must be able to be worn with each other.
Personally, I have never really planned my sewing. I found a pattern, or a fabric and I set off.
But this Christmas, this was sitting under my Christmas tree and a desire to have more structure to my sewing was hatched! So, after some consideration, I am going to spend this year going through the Wardrobe Architect sponsored by Colette Patterns. The original Wardrobe Architect series ran in 2014. This year, they are expanding it based on customer feedback. The first 5 posts are up, but there is still time to join! January focused on ascertaining your personal style. There are worksheets for each week and they are quite helpful. You are asked to assess such things as how your life philosophy affects your style, what type of clothes you need based on your activities, and even what are some styles that you like in theory, but are not quite right for you. For example, scarves – my daughter wears them all the time and looks amazing. I like the look, am happy to wear one with a coat when it is cold out, but don’t want that thing around my neck and in my way when I am inside and trying to get things done!
In the end, the Wardrobe Architect program asked everyone to come up with 5 words that describe you and your style. I came up with: classic, feminine, poised, layers and fun. That sounds like an odd list, but I will explain in an upcoming post. Overall the exercises were eye opening and I am looking forward to working my way through the program. I hope you will consider joining in the fun!