Find the Common Threads & Focus on the Details 

We’re on to the 4th part of my ‘Planning and Sewing a Seasonal Wardrobe’ series. Today, it’s all about weaving those common threads together and putting a spotlight on those details that make our handmade wardrobe truly stand out. 

If you’re new here or missed the previous episodes, subscribe to the blog and my YouTube channel to catch up on our journey so far. And for my returning friends, drop a hello in the comments! 

What I’m wearing in the video: Hokkah Linen Orange Poppies Dress Style 2618

Read the Previous Posts:

  1. Inspiration is Everywhere
  2. Create a Seasonal Wardrobe that Fits Your Lifestyle 
  3. Create & Design a Mood Board

Finding the Common Threads

rust and red inspiration Fall Mood

Crafting a seasonal wardrobe is like piecing together a puzzle. Every item should have a connection, whether it’s a shared color, fabric, or style. These connections, or common threads, will give your collection its cohesive flair. 

All About the Details 

But what makes each piece of our puzzle unique? The details! Whether it’s a standout button, a touch of embroidery, or a unique fabric pattern, it’s these elements that elevate our pieces from everyday to extraordinary. 

New Sewing Techniques 

Ready to add some new tricks to your sewing repertoire? Exploring different patterns or delving into online tutorials can open up a world of creative possibilities. 

My Reading List:

  • Couture Sewing: Tailoring Techniques by Claire B. Shaeffer
  • Maison Lesage: Haute Couture Embroidery by Patrick Mauriès
  • Fashion Embroidery: Embroidery Techniques And Inspiration For Haute-Couture Clothing by Jessica Pile
  • Stitch-opedia: The Only Embroidery Reference You’ll Ever Need by Helen Winthorpe Kendrick
  • Sewing with Knits: Classic, Stylish Garments from Swimsuits to Eveningwear (Focus on Fabric) by Connie Long
  • Couture: The Art of Fine Sewing by Roberta C. Carr
  • The Royal School of Needlework Book of Embroidery: A Guide To Essential Stitches, Techniques And Projects
  • Pattern Magic by Tomoko Nakamichi
  • The Modern Natural Dyer: A Comprehensive Guide to Dyeing Silk, Wool, Linen, and Cotton at Home by Kristine Vejar

Beautiful Embroidered details:

Add a touch of whimsy or a detailed accent with fashion embroidery.

Here’s the project I’m working on this season:

Kay Stanis- Spring Splendor EGA GCC

Here are some of my favorite makes featuring embroidery:

Natural Dyes: Nature’s Palette 

Looking to add a personal and eco-friendly touch? Natural dyes are the way to go. Made from plants and flowers, they offer a spectrum of unique colors. And if you’re curious about delving deeper I’ve got some detailed content here on the blog.

Check out my ‘Sustainable Sewing‘ Page

Read some of my favorite natural dye posts:

Pleating and Darts: Add Shape and Structure 

Dart placement on a blouse I designed

Let’s not forget about pleats, gathers and darts. These techniques can transform a garment, adding structure and that sought-after fit. They’re the secret ingredients for that tailored look. 

Some of my favorite makes with those extra Details, from beautiful darts, rouleau and entredeux insertion, to advanced pattern construction.

My Fall Wardrobe Plans 

As for my own fall wardrobe, I’m still finalizing the design details, but I’m leaning towards incorporating some pleating treatments, maybe a knitting project or two, button/placket details, adding embroidery to a black linen dress and hopefully some indigo dyeing later in the season. I’ll be sharing more on this soon, so stay tuned! 

With our common threads in place and our focus on the details, we’re crafting a seasonal wardrobe that’s not just stylish but uniquely ours.

Thanks so much for joining me today, and as always, happy sewing! Before you head out, I’ve got a question for you: What’s one sewing detail or technique you’ve always wanted to try? Let’s chat in the comments below! 

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