Planning for mini collection!

So, the Handmade Fashion Challenge 2015 begins! 

Last weekend, I did some major cleaning and decluttering. And it was such a drastic change! I loved getting rid of the things that had no impact on my life. 

I sat down to think about what I wanted to make for my mini collection. Something for the upcoming summer season, something more appropriate for work and nice dinner dates. These are what I came up with.


Shorts - Cynthia crochet shorts

I need a new pair of shorts! I have a lot of skirts and long jeans but I only have 3 pairs of shorts that are not for workout. I recently found this new pattern, Cynthia, and bought it to expand my crochet collection.


Top - Sydney top

I have been meaning to try something from Seamwork magazine by Colette Patterns. I think this Sydney top will be a perfect quickie project that will go a long way. It would look great with so many of my tank top and dresses. I think I might go with chambray fabric for this. 


Skirt - Sew Over It Ultimate Pencil Skirt

I love my pencil skirt that I bought from Korea in 2007. I still wear it to work often and it looks great. It's very flattering and makes my legs look long and lean. It's a wonder how I don't have more than 1 pencil skirt!

I have a lot of pencil skirt patterns but I think I'll try this pattern by Sew Over It. After all, the name says it all -- THE ULTIMATE pencil skirt :)



I used to have a Nice Claup cardigan, which was a hand-me-down from my cousin-in-law. It was in this soft ballet pink color and it went with everything I wore. The feminine color was perfect over dresses, and it was conservative silhouette appropriate for the office too. I had to throw it out last weekend during my declutter because it had a huge hole in the underarm and it was just not worth trying to fix it (who knows how long it will be before I get to it) and it broke my heart. I need to make one just like it!

I haven't decided which one to go for. I was hoping to find something with thinner yarn but these are the ones in my queue so far:

Snow Queen

Lodi Cardigan

Sadie Cardigan

I am going to do more research before deciding which pattern to go with! 


Handmade Fashion Challenge 2015 Style Guide

Teresa, of CanaryKnits and I announced the beginning of Handmade Fashion Challenge this morning. In order to help the participants to decide what to make from now until October 31, we put together this style guide.

- Style Guide -

1) Go look at your closet and take out everything you wore last week.


2) If your outfits from last week could talk, what would be the 3 words that describe your work, position, authority, personality and style?


3) From the last week's wardrobe, which one was your favorite outfit, and why? Which was your least favorite?


4) Plan your capsule wardrobe. Capsule wardrobe should be something that would fit into your luggage if you were to live out of a suitcase for a month but still look fashionable and put together. There are several approaches based on your answers from the last 3 questions.


a.  If your last week's outfits are basically shirts and tees in solid/muted colors over black pants a.k.a. "BORING" => Build your new look around basic items with cardigans or vests so you can layer and change the look. Take a look at the color wheel, and locate the color you frequently wear. Pick the color directly opposite from your "frequently worn" color. Make the new garment in that color.


b. If you found yourself saying something like, "I have nothing to wear!!!" more than once last week... => Make something really eyecatching: Dresses with bold prints, skirts with embroidery details or lace, flowy blouses.


c. If you realize you have 50+ tops and shirts but only 2 pairs of pants that work with your daily outfit or you have fancy dresses but very little comfortable outfits => Make something that would fill the "hole" in your closet.


d. If your favorite/least favorite outfits were based on fitting issues => Make something well-tailored to your shape. Take correct measurements of your body!


e. If your favorite/least favorite outfits were based on practicality such as "it's cold in the office but all I have is thin cardigans and skirts that bare my legs" => Make shawls or jackets to include in your daily wardrobe.


f. Develop a theme around the 3 words you have from Question 2. Do you need more serious outfits? Beachwear for vacation or weekends? Fun, flirty outfits for any upcoming holidays?


g. If you are still wondering what you should make => Make something challenging: Sew a pair of jeans perfectly tailored to your shape; knit elaborate beaded lace piece or cable sweater that will wow your friends; ,ake something from vintage patterns; mix up several patterns you have to create a new look.