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:-
- 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.
- 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
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.
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.