It all kicked off with the collection of inspiration images on a pinterest board. These formed the basis for a fall colour palette. I loved the changing leaves against smokey blue skies.
The colours were quite a departure from my previous wardrobe which was dominated by blues and greys and other muted shades. I was only able to bring 20 kgs of luggage to the UK so it was a fresh start to my wardrobe. You can see the change below – the photos on the left are from Self-Stitched September 2010 and on the right is everything I made in 2011.
In terms of garments I started with a very limited wardrobe so it was expanding on the basics.
It was fun to start experimenting with croquis, which have now developed into my own mini-me version.
Here are the successfully completed garments:
And the items that didn’t get made:
The Pants: I’m part way through the fitting process with both the Colette Clovers and the Wide-Leg Pants but as anyone who’s attempted pants knows – it’s a long and frustrating process. So right now, we are on a break.
The knit top: I found it was cheaper and easier to just buy one – I’m not trying to re-invent the wheel
The blazer: This is about 80% done – it just wasn’t inspiring me.
The dresses: Are still on the cards at some point this year but they’re cross seasonal so it doesn’t matter if I put them off.
The biggest thing I realised is that I need to feel motivated in order to sew. I steadfastly refuse to let it become a chore or something I have to force myself into. The result is that the less exciting items got pushed to the back of the list. It’s something I need to think on how to remedy.
Still, the palette worked well which is why I still consider the challenge a success. Most of the garments I sewed that weren’t part of the original plan were still consistent with the palette.
I’ll definitely take part in the Spring Challenge when it rolls around.