Hi there :)
Two reasons for today’s blog: (1)I believe it’s never too late to edit, so today I made some changes to my new collection which you can see it at the bottom of this page and (2)I’m so excited to share with you this awesome challenge https://www.coletterie.com/wardrobe-architect/introducing-the-wardrobe-architect
Here’s an excerpt from the Coletterie blog below:
DO THESE SOUND FAMILIAR?
- You acquire things you don’t use.
- You feel regret over purchases, whether it’s fabric you’ll never use or a blouse bought because it was on clearance.
- You tend to buy quantity over quality more than you’d like.
- You buy things that are “close enough.”
- You don’t have a chance to think very deeply about your purchases, like the environmental or ethical impact.
- When buying fabric, you go for the bright and shiny instead of the fabrics you really like to wear.
- You make clothes that don’t really fit your life well (another party dress?)
- You have an overwhelmingly long list of sewing projects you want to make and no idea of how to prioritize them. This can actually be kind of stressful for me.
- You feel like your wardrobe is all over the place.
- You don’t know how to put outfits together from what you have, so you keep acquiring more instead.
Probably most of us don’t have all those issues, but possibly some of them. Actually, I don’t buy much as I’m fussy about clothes, but I do have lots of sewing projects I’d like to make and wear so need to make a plan. A cunning plan.
Here are the subjects covered in the Colettrie blog, because well, life’s too short to wear other people’s clothes and boring unimaginative fabrics. I’m not a sheep and nor are you, right. Nor do I want to wear clothes that have been produced in sweatshops where the workers were exploited. At least if you sew your own, you won’t have to wear someone else’s clothes or turn up to an event in a dress that someone else is wearing because you, (you strong beautiful woman!) will be wearing your own wonderful creation that reflects your taste and individuality and you’ll have a clear conscience that no one slaved in a sweatshop for it. You can wear it with pride! You *can*.
- Week 1: Making style more personal
- Week 2: Defining a core style (and my core style)
- Week 3: Exploring shapes
- Week 4: Building silhouettes (and my silhouettes)
- Week 5: Your color story
- * Week 6: Organizing your palette
- * Week 7: exploring solids and prints
- * Week 8: Hair, makeup, and beauty
- * Week 9: The capsule wardrobe
- * Week 10: The capsule palette
- * Week 11: Planning your pieces
- * Week 12: Adding accessories
- * Week 14: Overcoming editing hurdles
ARCHITECTING A WARDROBE
I propose that you join me on an experimental project this year. Yes, yes I know… it’s May and I “should have started this in January” but life with my puppy was too hectic, so I’m having a brand new start NOW.
Let’s go from being builders to being architects as well. Let’s think about form and function, the deeper implications of our choices, how clothing reflects each of our identities, and how we can sew more and buy less. This year, let’s work to build wardrobes that reflect each of us, and let’s do it together! It’ll be fun. Join me? :) I love this quote
Fashions fade, but style is eternal. Look at women like Audrey Hepburn and Grace Kelly who are still revered today for their impeccable styling. Because style is knowing who and what you are and showing it in the way you style yourself.
I’d love it if you pop into http://www.spoonflower.com/profiles/magentarosedesigns for some fabrics you won’t find on the High Street, designed by Moi! <3 My latest collection (below) is quite patriotic really and it was wonderful to see that Kate Middleton wore a floral dress when appearing from the maternity hospital… ;) We are so fortunate to have such a wonderful Royal family and are still celebrating the birth of Princess Charlotte!
Now, Kate is such a style icon, so graceful and always has impeccable style. The papers have been critical and slated her for looking immaculate after giving birth, but quite honestly, the media are a nasty bunch and would have slated her even if she appeared in her dressing gown. If I was Kate and knew I’d be in the papers, I’d get my hairdresser, makeup artist and get my lady in waiting to organize me a perfect outfit too. Wouldn’t you?!
We can’t all have a royal budget, personal hairstylist etc, but we *can* all learn to architect our own wardrobe, make the most of what we do have. I always like to focus on the “can do’s” , don’t you? :) <3