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Grasshopper's Fresh Feminine Charm SWAP (comments in main discussion please)

Started by Grasshopper, November 07, 2019, 08:53:52 pm

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Grasshopper

Today marks day 4 of my new job as lead engineer at an equipment manufacturing facility.  One of the difficulties I have incurred in my chosen career is reconciling my preference for dressier, feminine work attire with a work environment that can often be dirty or require climbing on top of equipment or up narrow ladders or scaffolding.  However, I have seen over the past 4 days that my new workplace will enable me to create some outfit combinations that will help me feel more feminine and pretty than the fire retardant clothing of the last job and won't require me to change clothing if I need to visit the shop, other than to possibly change shoes, as long as I am practical.

My theme this year will be my style recipe, Fresh Feminine Charm.  My color palette will be based on the Absolute Colour Zesty palette, which is warm, light, and bright, similar to True Spring in the seasonal color systems.  I plan to focus on dark denim blue and a mix of bright colors, likely tempered by ivory and warm sand.

To stretch myself with this collection, I plan to focus on embellishment, primarily through the addition of special details like embroidery, trim, lace, or perhaps some Alabama Chanin reverse applique, sprinkled throughout the collection of 11 garments.  To me, these embellishments add much of the feminine charm that I want in my clothing and while none of them are exceedingly difficult to execute, I don't typically take the time to plan and sew garments that include them.

I am still working out the details of which garments to make, but I do know that I will probably include dark wash bootcut jeans as my RTW option, since they really will be the foundation of most of my workwear.  I may include a casual cotton pleated skirt to extend wearability of the collection beyond work.  Otherwise, knit tops, blouses, a casual jacket, a cardigan or two, and some denim trousers are other options I am considering. 

More to come.
Lyneisa
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Striving to live a full, meaningful country life and carry forward the talents and skills of my ancestors.

Grasshopper

I've been a bit out of pocket with the start of my new job, but my mind has still been simmering on my SWAP plans.  I have a few RTW pieces that are really driving my plans this year.  I recently thrifted a couple of blouses and cardigans all from the same label, so they work together really well, along with a green cardigan I already had.  The colors in the print blouse have been my main inspiration.


Lyneisa
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Striving to live a full, meaningful country life and carry forward the talents and skills of my ancestors.

Grasshopper

The blouses and cardigans...




The cardigan is a bit dark in the photo, being more of a royal blue.  I think I would like to have two more toppers:  an ivory cardigan and either a cardigan or casual jacket matching the aqua turquoise in the print.  With dark wash bootcut jeans as my main bottom, an array of blouses in solids and coordinating prints to go with the different cardigans would give me lots of outfit options.
Lyneisa
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Striving to live a full, meaningful country life and carry forward the talents and skills of my ancestors.

Grasshopper

More specific planning:

Group 1 - 1 or 2 items that MUST coordinate
1.  Dark wash bootcut jeans (will also serve as my RTW option)
2.  Dark denim trousers???

Group 2 - 9 or 10 items that MAY coordinate
1.  Ivory cardigan - McCall's 5978
2.  Aqua turquoise cardigan (McCall's 5978) or casual jacket (Butterick 5335)
3.  Creamy ivory cotton jersey knit top - xxxx xxxx
4.  Print top - New Look 6080
5.  Print top - xxxx xxxx
6.  Print top - xxxx xxxx
7.  Ivory flutter sleeve bow blouse - Butterick 5859
8.  White knit top, embroidered with the cardigan colors - xxxx xxxx
9.  Blouse/top - xxxx xxxx
10.  Placeholder, should I decide not to make the denim trousers

The key for the print pieces will be finding prints that I like containing most, if not all, of the topper colors for ultimate versatility and also being the right fabric type.
Lyneisa
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Striving to live a full, meaningful country life and carry forward the talents and skills of my ancestors.

Grasshopper

I found a piece of aqua turquoise stretch twill in my stash that coordinates perfectly with my inspiration print, so I have decided to pursue the Butterick 5335 casual jacket in lieu of another cardigan.  I will be ordering coordinating lining material today, along with cutting out the pattern and muslin.  I spent some time reading reviews on PatternReview plus studying the pattern in more detail last night.  I already know that I will replace the snaps with buttons and increase the size of the pocket bags to make them more useful. I am also expecting to need to shorten the back belt and possibly add some darts in the back to give some more waist shaping.



Group 1 - 1 or 2 items that MUST coordinate
1.  Dark wash bootcut jeans (will also serve as my RTW option)
2.  Dark denim trousers???

Group 2 - 9 or 10 items that MAY coordinate
1.  Ivory cardigan - McCall's 5978
2.  Aqua turquoise casual jacket (Butterick 5335)
3.  Creamy ivory cotton jersey knit top - xxxx xxxx
4.  Print top - New Look 6080
5.  Print top - xxxx xxxx
6.  Print top - xxxx xxxx
7.  Ivory flutter sleeve bow blouse - Butterick 5859
8.  White knit top, embroidered with the cardigan colors - xxxx xxxx
9.  Blouse/top - xxxx xxxx
10.  Placeholder, should I decide not to make the denim trousers

Currently, I am leaning toward making the denim trousers but we'll see.
Lyneisa
***************
Striving to live a full, meaningful country life and carry forward the talents and skills of my ancestors.