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.
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What I’m wearing in the video: Hokkah Linen Orange Poppies Dress Style 2618
Read the Previous Posts:
- Inspiration is Everywhere
- Create a Seasonal Wardrobe that Fits Your Lifestyle
- Create & Design a Mood Board
Finding the Common Threads
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
- Threads- DESIGNER TECHNIQUES Vol. 2
- 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:
- Organic Denim Jeans + Embroidery
- Haslam 1940’s Pajamas with Embroidered Patch Pockets
- 1940’s Haslam Skirt in Cream Upcycled Denim with Embroidered Thorn Pockets
- Vintage Simplicity 5688 Skirt with Embroidered Pockets and Retro Stripe Rib Turtleneck
- Vintage 1950’s Seahorse Embroidered Beach Jacket, McCall 1524
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:
- Natural Dyeing- Indigo Henna Vat
- Natural Dyeing: Lac
- Summer Natural Dyeing
- Naturally Dyed Robe and Bias Slip
- Naturally Dyed Flared Wave Skirt
- Avocado Dyed Shift Dress
- Aquarelle Dyeing: Liquid Indigo
- Indigo Dyed Jeans- Finally Completed!
Pleating and Darts: Add Shape and Structure
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.
- Self Drafted V Neck Darted Tank
- Refashioned Dress Shirt One Seam Blouse
- Entredeux Insertion Linen Tank
- Wisteria Linen Vintage Dress Simplicity 4873
- Hemp/Wool Tweed Vogue Wrap Skirt V9209 + Breton Stripe Top
- Work Wardrobe: Lantern Sleeve Blouse and Denim Culottes
- Chartreuse Donna Karan Vogue V1489
- Donna Karan Autumn Hemp Silk Wrap Dress
- Rouleau Edged Top
- Chanel Inspired Francoise
- Yellow Floral Vintage McCall 6634
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!