Handmade Wardrobe with a Plan 2 - A Wardrobe that Works


If you'd like to know what all of this is about, here is the link to the first post in the series.


Recap from part one , I ended up with:
what to wear / what not to wear advice (with measurements)
ideal lengths according to my vertical proportions (with measurements)
colour palette (based on colour theory)

This is all very well but now I need to make it mine: my lifestyle and my personal preferences will help me create an overview of my dream wardrobe (and hopefully realistic...).

If body-shapes and colour theory aren't your cup of tea but you would still like to plan your handmade wardrobe, you can have a look at what you currently own:
- what you wear often
- what you don't wear

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There are plenty of ways to work out what you should have in your wardrobe: from having keywords that dictate what you wear to 4x4 wardrobes and other capsule formulas (is it sad I googled to check the plural of formula? Haha). There are many style gurus out there who give fantastic advice for free on Youtube or blogs etc. It's important to find the system that works for you! I personally don't want a capsule and I don't like the "3 words that would best describe your style" kind of approach. I like lists and tick/cross on scrap paper... 

The best one for me was the super famous Colette's Wardrobe Architect. It comes in a series of posts with worksheets and makes it very easy to pick and mix if you don't want to do the whole thing.

I read through them all but I focused on:
I ended up with a table will all my favourite necklines, sleeves, skirt shapes etc.
I used my current wardrobe alongside my "what to wear/not to wear" from the last section to base my answers and it all slotted into place. Magic!

My wardrobe is slowly taking shape... well, outlines at that stage! For example, I like fitted top with A-line to flared skirt. I could have several garments that would give me that silhouette: a dress, cardi/dress, jacket/dress, top/skirt, top/cardi/skirt, top/jacket/skirt. There again, I had a look at what I already own and my list from section one. 
I drew the outlines the best I could and list what combination of garments I would like for each. (I might be brave and take a picture...)

That was soooooo helpful yet it only took a few minutes! It's made fabric buying so much easier... 
I added my favourite prints to the colour palette from section one. I also noted colours I like that were not in my palette: ok, I might not look fabulous in a mustard boxy turtleneck but as part of a print or as a skirt, I will take my chances, thank you very much! :p


I chose not to go any further as I don't want a capsule wardrobe or a specific colour scheme.

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Here is what I have so far:
a table of my favourite necklines, sleeves, skirts etc
drawings of my silhouettes with possible garments
colour palette with notes on prints and other colours I like 
sketch of my vertical proportions that I am going to keep as quick reference to alter patterns

I didn't keep the list of what to wear/not to wear (I've used the information I needed).

What next? I'm dreading it... Sorting fabrics, patterns and yarn I've been stashing for 15 years...

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Thank you for reading and I hope that you find this series helpful! (or that my attempt makes you smile... whichever :p )
ps: I'd love to know how you work out what to make! I guess not many people take the silly regimented approach I do... ;o)

Posts in this series:

Handmade Wardrobe with a Plan 1 - Flattering Shapes and Colours
Handmade Wardrobe with a Plan 2 - A wardrobe that works
Handmade Wardrobe with a Plan 3 - Organise that stash
Handmade Wardrobe with a Plan 4 - Seasonal Schedule