I'm a list-maker at heart, a planner in need of structure. My Handmade Summer Wardrobe Plan was carefully considered because I didn't want to become aimless or to end up with a lot of items that weren't actually useful. That has been my past MO with knitting: to make the pretty, but not necessarily the useful. Anyone who sews or knits knows that it isn't cheap (if you're using materials worth using) and, as much as possible, I don't want to invest my resources of time and money in anything that's going to collect dust in my closet.
I decided, based on my lifestyle, that I mostly need tops of "mild formality." What I mean is that I want something that isn't too formal or fussy for running errands but can be dressed up with accessories for social gatherings and look put-together. I also want a couple of dresses that fit this same bill, for variety and for dates with my husband.
Because I'm petite and pear-shaped, I will always need to do a muslin to correct fit issues in sewing patterns. However, they can be kind of a drag since they require a lot of effort and yield little in the gratification department. So I decided that I don't want to use very many different patterns to construct my clothing thus getting more mileage from my muslins. I'll create variety in my wardrobe through fabric choices and special details like pockets and embroidery.
Finally, I needed to consider fabric choices. Based on some of my current clothing favorites, I tried to determine what I most enjoy wearing in terms of color, material, weight, and pattern. This was the hardest part of my planning. I decided that I primarily enjoy wearing blues, grays, and white with shots of black, browns, and reds. I tend not to wear patterns. I tried to honor my comfort zone while edging outside of it just a little.
To work out all the details of my plan, I've been sketching and illustrating each piece I've dreamed up. I'm putting on the finishing touches and am looking forward to revealing what I've come up with very soon!