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The Wendy Project part 3 – Wardrobe planning

I went along to the Knitting and Stitching Show at London Olympia at the weekend – armed with notes! Notes on the patterns I am interested in making next and notes on the fabrics I wanted to buy. Seriously, I took notes. This is so unlike me!

And it is all because of this little self discovery personal challenge of mine – The Wendy Project.  For the last month now I have been looking at the things already in my wardrobe, and my style icons,  and I think that through doing this I have now got a pretty good idea of what my personal style is.

My style – a little bit quirky and with a vintage edge.

My colours – Navy, reds, greys, black, purples, mid blues, mustard, soft yellows, pale greens, peach.

The next stage is for me to plan some makes that fit my style but also which work together and, crucially, are what I want to wear.

There are a tonne of things I want to make  but I have whittled it down to these:-

Bottoms –

Colette Patterns  – Juniper Trousers
  • Jeans – I’m thinking Ginger jeans.
  • Capri pants (actually made some this weekend, will blog about them soon)
  • Wide leg trousers (Colette Juniper I am looking at you)
  • Some full skirts. Not necessarily circle skirts but with some fullness. Knee length or midi.
  • Tulip skirt – love the shape of the Sew Over It Tulip skirt.

Tops –

gertie wrap.jpg
Patterns By Gertie – Wrap Top
  • I want to knit some 1940s cardigans  – I’m having a good look through my vintage patterns. This will take some time though.
  • Sweatshirt – not quirky or vintage but I want me a Linden!
  • 1940s  blouses – may need to consult Gertie for a pattern here
  • Tie front blouse- rockabilly style rather than pussybow
  • Basic t-shirt styles – I am really low on basics. Going to start with a Renfrew
  • Cami tops – again, I’m really low on basics.
  • Some tight knit tops – possibly Gertie’s pin up sweater pattern.
  • A wrap cardigan -Gertie to the rescue again

Dresses –

Kim dress
By Hand London  – Kim Dress

I wear dresses more than I wear anything else but would still like some more day dresses in my memade wardrobe.

  • A couple of summer dresses – I am thinking light weight basic summer dresses for my holiday but with a good vintage shape – possibly the By Hand London Kim Dress.
  • Shirt dress – The Sew Over It Vintage Shirt Dress is one of my #makenine2017 resolutions. I really want to make this. Soon.
  • A nice simple day dress – maybe a striped Bettine
  • A wiggle dress – perhaps another Gertie Dress
  • A fitted bodice/circle skirt dress – this is more of a going out dress really but I think maybe the Sew Over It Betty Dress.
  • Tea dresses – classic, look great and easy to wear. I need more tea dresses in my life.

Other –

Tilly and the Buttons – Fifi

I really want to start making my own bras. And maybe a boudoir set like Tilly and the Buttons Fifi.

This is a lot of things to make and the list will no doubt change  over the course of the year but it feels so good to have plans. I’m confident that I would enjoy wearing every one of these things and they all fit what I have now worked out to be my style.  Yes, I would be pretty happy having this lot as my memade wardrobe! Now to get sewing.

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The Wendy Project – Style Icons

Hey there,

I have had the week off work this week for half-term break and have been sewing like a demon. I actually had all kinds of activities planned for the week including a couple of fashion exhibitions and fabric shopping trips,  but in reality I have barely left the warmth of my living room. I’m not remotely sorry about that.

It has been a half term well spent  – as well as some much needed time doing nothing, I have got two of my #makenine2017 projects completed. A Colette Patterns Anise Jacket and a knit version of the princess seam bodice/A line skirt dress from Gertie’s Ultimate Dress Book.

I’ll do a blog post on both of them soon but here is a sneak peek of my jacket – held together with pins as it still needs buttons. You can tell from my happy face that I am quite pleased with this one.


So I am still thinking about my style and how this translates into my making. At the moment my making goes like this: like a fabric – like a pattern – make the thing.  With no thought as to how much I will wear it, if it goes with anything, if it will suit me.

Case in point – I made this Colette Patterns Ceylon Dress a couple of years ago. Lovely pattern, lovely pink floral fabric. Looked absolutely awful on me and seriously, what was I thinking? Pink florals, and this style of dress, are so not me! All that work and I never even wore it. Soon after this photo was taken, the dress went into a charity collection bin.


I am hoping that through this little self-discovery journey, that I am affectionally calling The Wendy Project, I can identify my style as well as my clothing needs. I am hoping that it will help me to make better choices with regards to what I make rather than just churning out garment after garment.

This week I have been thinking about celebrity style, and the style of fictitious characters, whose wardrobes I admire. This was actually a lot harder to do than I imagined!

Here a few of those I came up with:

Louisa Clark in the film Me Before You. She is a lot younger than me, and this style is far too young for me, but I am drawn to the quirkiness of her wardrobe. All the way through this film I was ooh and aahing at her clothing.  The red dress  in particular is so beautiful.

Peggy Carter in Agent Carter. Love love love. I want to marry her entire wardrobe. That blue and red dress. Aaah be still my heart.  I don’t know how comfortable I would feel dressing like this all the time though.

Jess in New Girl. Dresses/cardigans/a bit cutesy. This is pretty much how I dress 80% of the time (the other 20% of the time my look is just lazy and a bit meh) but I am not quite as well put together as Jess.  I don’t feel particularly well put together anyway.


Audrey in Twin Peaks. Possibly a bit too preppy for me but she just looks cool a/f. Pencil skirts and tight knitwear are always a winning combination for me.


Paloma Faith. I am absolutely not a fan of her music but I can’t deny she has some great clothes. Well done Paloma’s stylist. These box pleats are just dreamy.


The entire female cast of Land Girls.  I love the 1940s blouses and I absolutely can not resist vintage knitwear. I really need to start tackling some vintage knitting patterns. So beautiful.


What have I learned from this? Well, nothing really. I have always known I love 1940s/1950s vintage and that I favour a quirky and feminine ensemble with some good knitwear. I think the key thing for me is to think about how I can now start to combine these features in my handmade wardrobe, to create pieces that work together as a collection and that I would want to wear.

Well that was fun. I have a sudden urge  to watch some Twin Peaks now.