This sew-along focuses on creating a small, co-ordinated collection appropriate to spring (or autumn if you are sewing in the southern hemisphere). There are two versions: the ordinary 6-piece collection and the "lucky 7" for those who want a slightly more varied collection.
The inspiration for these collections comes from a long discussion on the "wardrobe planning" thread. The pace - two items a month - is intended to give space to also work on some fun and artistic pieces outside the collection.
This collection is intended for BORING separates that will form the dull and invaluable foundation to your spring collection. For those working also on the SWAP collection, these two collections should be able to function in parallel.
We have a formula, which involves a dark neutral, a light neutral, and an accent colour.
The formula is:
- One jacket or coat in a neutral or accent colour (this kind of depends on how you wear your coats)
- One pair of trousers or skirt in a neutral to match the jacket. If you are doing the Lucky 7, you should make both trousers AND skirt. If you want the very most co-ordination, make them in the same neutral.
- Two overlayers - if you make a coat, you may want these to be cardigans or collared shirts. Ideally could be worn alone. One in a neutral, one in the accent.
- Two underlayers. One in a neutral, one in the accent.
For me, the colours are denim blue, white, and pink for spring, and co-ordinate with my SWAP plan. Patterns etc here
- pink coat
- casual jacket in blue & white linen shirt
- cream drape neck t and plain blue T
- white trousers and white skirt
OK, other common queries:
Dresses -- yes, you can make a dress. I'd suggest they substitute for an underlayer. If you only wear dresses, then you can substitute a second dress for the trousers/skirt.
Timing - start any time! I generally run these for three months, starting the month before the season starts so you can get a start!