When I set out to make a cohesive collection, I decided to first picked colors. (Many people start with fabrics or sketches….but I decided to start with color.)
As you all now know of my love for navy blue, I started with that as a base and then graduated into colors that my girlie likes (hence the pink and lilacs) and then added in grays for some contrast.
I made my first stop to a paint store to find shades of each of these colors that I liked and that went together.(Which was harder than I thought it was going to be….like a half-hour in the paint aisle with a toddler……….it was not a pretty picture.)
You can tell how hashed they are by now, but I carried these paint chips around in my purse all summer to be able to match fabrics. It ended up working perfectly…and I even found GREAT suitings, wools and cottons on great sales that I would have never found any other way if I hadn’t had the swatches in my grasp at all times.
After choosing colors, I started sketching. Liz is an artist……I AM NOT. (I am kind of embarrassed to even show you my sketches) but I knew that at some point I had to start sketching. I am all for writing down ideas and keeping a notebook, but hadn’t done any sketching before this.
I used the help of a fashion croquis which is the French word for “sketch.” (Who knew I would remember that word from College French? I read a short story about an artist and I remember I had to look up that word a million times over.)
A Google search pulled up this one, and off I went…..
As you can imagine some of outfits were straight off the sketches and others, well, they morphed. This Winter White dress actually did turn out like the sketch, although winter white wool was way out of my price range–like $50 a yard–yikes! and (b) my vintage lace didn’t dye navy blue—it ended up a WEIRD-BEARDO purplish color that was totally unusable. So, the lace ended up winter white as well.
One thing I forgot to put in the intro post yesterday is that I made the entire collection (including one new pair of shoes, tights and belts) for around $110 dollars, with oodles of fabric left over. If I were to have measured better I would have spent way less, but at the beginning I bought like 2-4 yards of each fabric, which was way too much for most projects. Although I still feel good about the price, there is no way I could have bought 6 outfits for $100 in any new store.
I will show you the Winter White Dress tomorrow…..