I've been realizing in Me-Made-May and going through my pattern stash that my sewing is willy-nilly, and I've been thinking I need to concoct some sort of plan. I've been inspired by other sewing bloggers who are making their way through vintage sewing books, concocting personal challenges or creating top ten lists. The idea is that it'll keep me focused and even when I veer away, I'll still end up with some things that have staple quality. I definitely know I want a retro swimsuit for the summer, and a Colette Lady Grey Coat for the fall.
My wardrobe fantasy aligns with my less-is-more philosophy of late: to have a fairly spare closet but most things mix and match and a few eye-catching pieces. (I've read that any new addition to your closet should meet the "rule of three": each piece can be paired with at least three things you already own. Do you think that's reasonable?) Since it's summer, these images from the wonderful Millie Motts blog caught my eye. "Cool Suggestions for a Vacation Wardrobe" circa 1950s.
The old noggin started thinking. Here's a 1960 pattern I'm considering, sold by SewUniqueClassique. It's not exactly in my size, but look at all the mix-and-match elements!
I particularly like the slim pant/collared shirt variation. Since I'm considering a vacation-wardrobe (or summer-coordinates) project, Day 15 was born:
Refashioned jeans and shirt. 1970s wedges, probably once owned by one of my aunts, rescued from the Balikbayan box my grandmother was sending to the Philippines. All they needed was a new heel and a good shine. I love them!
What are your sewing plans this summer?
‘Latin Lovers’ -1953 film poster, starring Lana... - ‘Latin Lovers’ -1953 film poster, starring Lana Turner and Ricardo Montalban