2016 Wardrobe Contest: Sewing Plans


Hi Friends,

PR.com are currently running a Wardrobe Contest until the end of March, by which time entrants have to have sewn 5 compulsory garments (2 bottoms, 2 tops and 1 topper), and 5 free choice garments. The tops have to go with all the bottoms and vice versa, and the topper must go with all the outfits. If sewing a dress it must go with the topper and coordinate with the wardrobe.

I am going to try and meet the deadline (?!) because what I have realised is that I have all the fabrics I need to make this wardrobe in my stash (bar one), and all the patterns. So, if nothing else, I will have succeeded in sewing some classic, wearable garments from my stash, which will hopefully coordinate with each other, and in essence, give me a capsule wardrobe of sorts.

Above is an inspiration collage I uploaded to Instagram which captures the kind of look I am after. I am thinking that kind of very wearable, effortless chic that French women seem to pull off so easily, ha! (The collage is missing the tenth item: a white silk blouse).

So today I thought I would share my fabric/ pattern choices. These may change as I progress. Some are patterns I have sewn before; others are new patterns. Already, by sorting through my fabrics/ patterns and writing this post I can see a clear plan and it looks promising.

Item 1: Striped Breton Tunic Top

Pattern: McCalls 6886 (modified to tunic length).

Pattern already sewn up here and here.

Black white striped ponte knit
McCalls 6886


Item 2: Denim Dress

Pattern: Vogue 9077, View A, possibly with sleeves from View C.

Denim fabric
Vogue 9077


Item 3: Black Wool Crepe Blazer

Pattern: Vogue 8958, View C (already made View A, here).

Black wool crepe fabric
Vogue 8958


Item 4: White/ Black Heart Print Blouse

Pattern: Vogue 1387, View B

White/ black heart print polyester georgette fabric
Vogue 1387


Item 5: Black Triple Crepe Culottes

Pattern: Butterick 6179.

Previously made here.

Triple crepe fabric
Butterick 6179


Item 6: Red/ Black Animal Print Blouse

Pattern: McCalls 7248, View B.

Red/ black animal print georgette fabric
McCalls 7248


Item 7: Off white Silk Crepe de Chine Collarless Shirt

Pattern: Simplicity 1279, View C.

Off white silk crepe de chine fabric
Simplicity 1279


Item 8: White Cotton Shirt

Pattern: Grainline Archer.

Made 3 times to date and last made here.

White cotton fabric
Grainline Archer


Items 9 and 10: Black and Red Pull on Jeggings

Pattern: Jalie 3461 Eleonore Pull on Jeans.

Previously made here.


So that’s the plan: it remains to be seen whether or not I make the deadline!

I had a great weekend meeting up with The Yorkshire Spoolettes. Read about it over on Ali’s blog. It was wonderful to meet other friendly, down to earth sewists and the fabric shopping was good too πŸ™‚

How about you? Any sewing plans? Anyone else entering the contest?

Have a great week ahead.

Until soon…






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By day I work in the exciting world of pharmaceutical regulatory affairs, registering medicines (!), but by night I turn in to a sewing diva, making all manner of clothes in my beautiful sewing space (which you can tour using the link at the top of this blog). I love how sewing and sewing clothes that fit my curvy body continually challenges me. I enjoy working with all different types of fabric, and whilst I don't like to put restrictions on myself and say I won't buy RTW, the truth is that I probably rarely do buy it, preferring the fit of my own me-made clothes. I love to use natural fibres where ever possible and colourful coats are an obsession of mine! Sewing is both my addiction and my therapy. You can contact me at sewmanju@yahoo.co.uk

34 thoughts on “2016 Wardrobe Contest: Sewing Plans

  1. Oh my goodness! I love your plan! I cannot believe that you found fabrics in your stash that are nearly identical to your inspiration pieces! I look forward to seeing your collection sewn up!

    1. Thanks Sarah. I think it happened the other way round: I had the fabrics, had an idea of what I wanted to make and then searched for the inspiration pictures!

  2. OMG,
    You’re rocking my world. I love your idea! I’m putting this on my summer to do list. March may kill me, lol. I can’t wait to see everyone’s entry. This group is great for me. I’m getting better and better every day with my sewing. I bounce out of bed inspired, every morning.
    I’m getting my muze on!

  3. Sounds like an amazing project! Can’t wait to see all of your makes come together – I envy your levels of organisation! It was lovely to meet you on Saturday πŸ™‚

  4. You’re going to be really busy!! I keep thinking I should have a plan, but because every week is so different it’s hard to get into any sort of routine. I SWAP. Good luck! πŸ™‚

  5. Wow! That sounds a lot, and some of them look pretty tricky too! Love that you’re making use of what you’ve got and some lovely patterns selected. Will look forward to reading about your progress with these. And I guess you’ll end up with some beautiful items whether you make the deadline or not πŸ™‚

  6. Your plan looks great, really versatile I like your colour combinations and styles. I like the focus on sewing with a plan, whether it’s for a deadline or not, it helps me, think about the gaps in my wardrobe, and sewing items that work together.

  7. I love your plans! This is something I totally need to do rather than just sewing random items out of fabric I love. Sadly there’s no way I’ve got time to enter the contest. Where is that red and black leopard print georgette from – it’s gorgeous!

  8. Wow! That’s a lot of sewing to do. I love the idea of the competition, though I’m a bit of a slow sewist. Absolutely love the white and black heart print fabric, and can’t wait to see your Vogue 9077. Good luck πŸ™‚ x

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