Hi Everyone! As a participant in this year’s RTW Fast hosted by Sarah, from Goodbye Valentino, I’ve been planning what I want to sew during my year long fast. There was a wonderful post in the FB group just after the group assembled about planning vs just sewing. I started thinking about that seriously since I’m a person that usually sews something for myself with an occasion in mind. You know, if I have an event or special day that I need something extra special for. I also will sew a piece to go with something I already own many times as well. Then there are other times, as you will see soon, that I’m totally inspired by a fabric or silhouette.
The idea of planning intrigued me and I wondered if there was a book that was written specifically for “planning to sew” a wardrobe. So as my son was selecting books for himself at our local library, I was checking out a few for myself. I didn’t find one specifically written for sewing wardrobe, although I’m sure they exist, I did find one that I found particularly interesting.
The name of the book is “What I Wore” by Jessica Quirk. Her subtitle is, “Four Seasons, One Closet, Endless Recipes for Personal Style.” Interesting huh?? Well, I thought so. I’ve never read a book on planning a wardrobe before, let alone one that helps you plan for a whole year including all the seasons. So I thought I could implement her wardrobe planning ideas into the pieces I wanted to sew.
Her intro was really cute, “A Cookbook for your Closet”. She goes on to share about when she grew up and a her background in design and as a personal style expert. She mentions how her parents are “foodies” , so I get the cute cooking connections throughout the book. She’s also a blogger and has been posting daily pictures of herself since 2007. I went to check out her blog and found her at What I Wore. She’s got Great personal style so I suggest you check it out for some inspiration!!
She starts off with chapter one with, Getting Started. In this chapter she details how to take an inventory of what you have and how to build a “smarter” closet. She starts off this chapter with an interesting, playful question. If I could only have 12 pieces of clothing, what would they be? AND What would you buy with a bajillion dollars? I disregarded the bajillion as just fun, but thought about the “only 12 pieces” part of the question. Don’t worry, the book is filled with more than the notion of just 12 pieces, but it’s still an interesting concept. She goes on to mention planning a budget and then breaks down how much you should plan to spend per season.
Her Key Concepts are:
There are 4 additional chapters in the book that discuss each season of clothing for work and for fun. Each chapter has a series of check lists to make sure all of the key areas are covered. There’s advice on color palettes, foundations, accessories, special occasions and even planning for a trip! Each of the 4 “season” chapters have details relevant to that season with lots of ideas, check lists and tips. There are many great ideas in this book, but one thing that I found to be such a great point and that most of us can relate to. Don’t hang anything in your closet that doesn’t fit or needs to be ironed!! She calls those wrinkled messes, “big ol’ roadblocks”. It’s true, if you don’t have time to iron it, you can’t wear it. I got a chuckle out of that statement, but it was so true and one I’m guilty of on occasion. There a many cute segments in the book called, Food for Thought, that give tips and ideas about handbags, vintage shopping, and shopping online, just to name a few. There are also ideas about how to store items such as boots. She gave a “pro tip” to store boots with a wine bottle or rolled up magazine inserted inside to keep them standing upright!! Very clever!!
I could go on and on about all the great information in this book because it’s so well thought out. I think this is a great book and will continue to use it as a resource while I plan my year of sewing. This book definitely Strikes My Fancy!! I hope you will check it out too and find it not only to have great information, but that it’s a FUN read!!
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