Tuesday, July 22, 2008

Mini-Wardrobe Storyboard!

As I mentioned a couple of days ago, I've entered the August Mini-Wardrobe contest over at PatternReview.com. At first I wasn't sure August was the best month for me to be attempting a contest (I still don't think it is, LOL!) but...I'm joining the fun anyway!!

I finished my storyboard today, although its of course subject to change. I've really been wanting "prettier" clothes. I sew a lot of easy wear stuff because that's my lifestyle, especially outside of school. But there's no reason I can't have some really pretty clothes for work and other outings, right? I took my inspiration from my vintage pattern stash and a long perusal over at anthropologie.

Here's my storyboard (click for a large view):


Barbara Stanwyck has always been my favorite actress! Well, behind Judy Garland when I was a little girl, of course. Ok, to dissect my choices, remember I was going for a vintage feel. I knew the first pattern I had to use was an one I've had in stash since 1995!!!

Vogue 1575 is a DKNY dress pattern, but I'll be using it as a top (shortening the skirt portion.) It will be in this windowpane black georgette:


My other top is also a dress pattern, New Look 6672, which is a darling sundress pattern. I'm shortening it to a top to reproduce one I saw at anthropologie, and I'll be using this gorgeous white dot voile from Gorgeous Fabrics. I've been hoarding this one!


My bottoms will be a nice trouser style pant (Vogue 1035, an Alice + Olivia pant) in this darkwash stretch denim:


and a half-circle skirt from Simplicity 4236 in this fun cherry print cotton:


I'll be making muslins over the next week so I'm ready for the contest come 8/1! And I still need to finish my mauve tee too. I've got a busy week!

15 comments:

  1. I am loving the texture on your solid fabrics. I so need to get my butt in gear on this thang. I decided against the leopard dress. Cute? Maybe. Would I wear it to school with a bunch of 7th graders? Probably not.

    Our school starts August 14th so the timing on this contest is not the best for me either. Good luck!

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  2. Ooo, dis is gonna be so purdy!! Love, love, love it all!

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  3. Oh, your ideas for the contest are so lovely! I am thinking about joining and making a little maternity mini-wardrobe, but my ideas are much more easy-peasy and vanilla than yours. I just love the idea of wearing "prettier" clothes.

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  4. OH my gosh! I am so in love with your choices ... the fabric, the patterns - oh my! How pretty :)

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  5. Ohhh great choices!!!

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  6. Your storyboard is amazing, and makes me want to run away crying. Forget the contest, I'll find something else to do (lesson plans?)... I can't compete with this crowd!!! In all honesty, it's actually very inspirational, so thanks for sharing!

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  7. Fantastic storyboard, the fabric and patterns are great.

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  8. great plan, love the concept and inspiration

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  9. I love your plan and your fabrics. That cherry print is gorgeous!

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  10. Thank you everyone!

    Kristine, you're a hoot! :D (and I really SHOULD be doing lesson plans! LOL! I'm teaching a new class this year!)

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  11. Well, I posted but now I don't see what I wrote. Anyway, this looks GREAT!!! So professional. Are you sure you aren't a graphic designer? I am totally intimidated by the storyboard I don't know if I'll ever enter a contest. Super job and I love all your picks. I can't wait to see how everything sews up.

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  12. Your clothing storyboard is delightful! I'd love to wear the set! OH, guess I'd have to go sew it myself then! Wow, very industrious wardrobe to make. But this I know...YOU're going to win for sure!!!
    *Heidi*

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  13. I love your storyboard! You have a great eye for design. Can't wait to see the clothes.

    Oh, and I love that DKNY top... I'll bet the full length dress is cute, too.

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  14. I love the title of your mini-wardrobe! Wonderful!!! And I love the fabric & pattern choices...this is going to be fun to watch!

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  15. You are so talented!
    I love the patterns, fabric & design of your storyboard. One day you have to do us a tutorial!

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