Planning the plan ..Posted: January 2, 2014
Shamed Inspired by Béa’s quick draw planning, I thought I’d better, you know, actually get on with it. I suppose I’m a little bit wary of committing to doing something tricky – like sewing trousers or jeans, f’rinstance – and then screwing up whilst you’re all watching. But plan, I must. Otherwise my wardrobe will be full of things that don’t pair with anything.
I guess a colour scheme is the place to start? I had my colours ‘done’ years ago, and was told I was a Spring. Clear, bright, warm toned colours were the way to go. I was surprised some years later to be told, off the record, by another colour analyst (who wasn’t being paid megabucks for her opinion) that I’m actually a Soft Autumn. Maybe my skin tone has altered that much with age. Anyway, I’m as happy as a sandboy, since the Soft Autumn palette contains some of my favourite colours, woohoo! I now have permission to wear soft, muted shades, Yeah!
So, for the Spring and Summer I’m plumping for those neutral Caramels and Tans, into the Soft, Warm Brown shade, with Ivory and some Coral and Turquoise for accent colours. (I wear denim all year round, so there will also be various shades of that incorporated too).
For Autumn and Winter, I’ll be moving into the deeper shades of the palette; maybe Charcoal for the neutral, Teal, Violet and Amethyst for accents. The beauty of having the correct colour palette swatch for your season, is that any colour you select from it should co-ordinate with every other colour on the swatch. It’s like magic!
Of course, having made the delicious colour choices, there’s still the appropriate fabric to source. I fear this may well be where the plan comes unhinged. Of Mice and Men, and all that.
Anywhen. That’s colours sorted. Now to garmies.
First up, there’s a holiday coming up shortly, in much warmer climes, Woohoo! I have a lovely long piece of Poly Chiffon in Turquoise, with big splashy Coral roses all over. I plan to make a lovely floaty maxi skirt,
to wear with loose, airy tops, flip flops and (hopefully) an air of careless glamour. That’ll be until I trip over it, I guess. (Oh, and mine will be considerably larger than the one pictured above!).
I’ll also need a couple of pairs of Palazzo pants like these lovelies from Style Arc:
I’m also liking the look of this breezy top for all reasons, also a Style Arc pattern:
Later in the year, I’d love to sew a pair of proper trousers or jeans, with a fly front, and also a proper, well fitting, shirt or blouse, with a collar, placket, and functional buttonholes.