One of the January assignments for the Wardrobe Architect is to try to come up with at least 20 patterns or designs that will help you build your wardrobe. Today I will share silhouettes that I think work will for my body and the patterns that I will use to recreate them.
Just a little bit about me so you will know the shape I’m dressing here. I’ve considered myself pear shaped for most of my life, but in my older age I’m turning more into a figure 8/hourglass. I seem to gain weight in my chest now instead of my legs. If I don’t define my very short waist I end up looking very round.
I’m 5’6″ and 150lbs.
34″ High Bust, 38″ Full Bust
42″ very low on my hips but most of my lower body corresponds with a 38″ Hip.
I’m suppose to be losing 15lbs this year so maybe I might go back to being more pearish, but I like food so we shall see
V-Neck and Wrap Tops
I have a few patterns that can produce similar results, but In House Jenny, Papercut Coppelia, and Syle Arch Dotty are all good places to start.
Button Up Shirts
I don’t think you need another button up pattern if you have Grainline Archer and Sewaholic Granville. I do of course , but these will cover all my bases.
Outerwear, Bulky shirts, or 3rd Layer
In Texas there really isn’t a need for bulky layers, but sweatshirts and long sleeves are almost year round for me. It’s funny how temperatures that was once pleasant in Maryland are now considered nippy to me here. I also live with people who insist on having the air conditioning set to Arctic. Undercover Hoodie and M6992 will do well for usual frump-tastic days. M6844, M7055, and Ziggi Moto Jacket for a more put together look.
Thurlow, Hudson, Expresso Leggings, Anima Pants, Ginger Jeans, and Taylor Shorts are all my usual and favorite silhouettes.
I love skirts, but I’m realizing that I don’t wear them often. When I do it is usually a maxi skirt, but I would like to add a circle skirt and a gathered skirt to the mix. I have a few circle skirt measurement tutorials booked marked. Colette Zinnia, and Syrah Skirt by Selvage Designs will round out the other two styles.
Maxis, wrap, and skater style dresses are the usual that I wear. Of course I love to sew fancy dresses, but we are not trying to make a wardrobe for my pretend life Sewaholic Saltspring, M6744, M7081,M6752 M6884, M6754, M6713, and M6559 are all good starting points for those styles.
There you have it folks! I’m not saying that I wont deviate from this plan sometimes, but it is my goal sew more staple garments that I will wear instead of a bunch of ‘look what I can make’ garments.
Talk to y’all later!! <3<3<3