Spring Wardrobe Sketches

Don’t laugh, okay? These must be the saddest little croqui in the world but I think they’ll serve their purpose.

I had a gift certificate to Fabric.com so half of my fabric was ordered online. It’s always risky ordering online but I’m crossing my fingers that they’re what I’m hoping for.

Once these arrive I’ll take the swatches with me to the local fabric stores for the remainder yardage. I know I’d like some yellow bottomweight for the pants and red blouseweight for the long sleeved shirt. The remaining two garments (a blouse and a wild card) will be dependent on what fabric I find.

I’m getting so excited to start! If all goes as planned, I should have my first muslin sewn up this weekend. What’s more exciting than that though? A Good Wardrobe will be hosting a guest next week! On Monday, the lovely Alexandra of In House Patterns will be with us to talk about assessing the fit of our garments. This is sure to be a very educational post and I’m looking forward to applying her advice to my spring wardrobe pieces. I hope you’ll join us!


31 Responses to “Spring Wardrobe Sketches”

  1. How exciting! I love how you’re already thinking about pairing the new pieces in the wardrobe.

    • Thank you! This is the first challenge that I’ve used sketches and I’m really amazed at how handy they are. It’s already helped me to edit and rework some ideas that I had come in to the challenge with. I’m hoping that it will help me get more use out of these pieces.

  2. Ohh! I have been eyeing that cotton/linen leavy print on fabric.com….love your ideas!

  3. Wow, these look amazing….can’t wait to see them made up. The dress especially looks like it will be beautiful.

  4. You are so absolutely adorable as a croqui! I love it!

  5. That is so cool! And I love the little shoes you drew to go along with! Do we get to know which patterns you’ll be using for the garments, or is it a surprise? I’m pretty sure at least some of them will be self-drafted, but I’m curious to know if you will be using any commercial patterns as well.

    Looking forward to the guest post as well – sounds like there will be some ace information there!

  6. aww, your drawings are fantastic! Such a great planning tool. Can’t wait to see your outfits made up.

  7. These are so detailed and awesome!! Your organization inspires me – the idea of ‘spring wardrobe’ sounds very ambitious for me, as i’ve never planned a wardrobe before, and in my mind it included about 30 pieces LOL – i like how you have many different looks with only five garments – much more ‘do-able’!! ๐Ÿ™‚ I need to get cracking on mine now… and try TRY to pare it down a bit !! ^____^

  8. This is truly fabulous. I have been hesitant (mostly out of fear!) about making a croquis of myself but I think it would really help in planning projects. And planning makes everything so much less stressful.

    I love your color palette. Looking forward to your spring wardrobe coming together.

  9. Hey Lizz
    I love your sketches, some great styles to take you through Spring!
    I love the floral print dress, always a key piece in my Spring/Summer wardrobe, perfect for wedding season!
    Looking forward to seeing how you make the blouse as I’d love to make one like that too ๐Ÿ™‚
    Sue x

  10. No, no, no! Don’t call them the saddest croquis in the world! They’re adorable and I love how you coloured them in ๐Ÿ™‚

  11. I love the colours – and we’re not laughing. You’re cute as croquis (not sure what the singular is of that!!). Looking forward to seeing the fabrics when they arrive and fingers crossed for you too.

  12. It is so exciting to watch this come together peice by peice. I love your colors and your croquis!

  13. They’re not sad, they’re cute!
    I love the first outfit and the fabric choices are awesome!
    Looking forward for the post on Monday.

  14. oooh! I’m loving your sketches with the swatches of fabric. Here’s to hoping the package in the mail meets with expectation ๐Ÿ™‚

  15. cute! are you planning on drafting everything yourself?

  16. Ooh love your little ladies all lined up, totally not sad at all, quite happy! Your colors are so perfect for spring, I especially love the rayon challis print. I can’t wait to see things progress, you’re a much more thorough planner than I.

  17. Not sad at all! They’re perfect (love their little faces!)

    The fabric looks gorgeous – I love the prints. I have the same question as Dixie – will you be drafting all your patterns yourself? Regardless I can’t wait to see it all come into being!

  18. I love your cute Croqui lineup. Combining your garments into outfits is a really neat idea and adding your chosen fabric is very useful.

  19. gah! i love your plans! and your croquis are adorable. i’d like to know what patterns you’re using, too.

  20. Liz, the top you have with a seam horizontal above the bust – I’m looking for some patterns that have this detail – do you have a source? ๐Ÿ™‚

  21. I love all the Little Lizz’s!!! And here I am, still sewing my fall palette. Girl, you kill me. And even more, you’re really making me want to shop for fabric, like in a really bad way.

  22. This seems like a good way to plan lengths and such. Everyone’s giving me the croquis fever! I love that rayon print–that will make such a pretty spring dress.

  23. Lizz! I love your sketches. The color palette and patterns are so delightful and inspiring.

  24. I love your croquis. I love that they are hand drawn and not computer generated. It gives a much more realistic idea of the finished garments. And I completely admire your planning skills!

  25. I’m really enjoying your blog Lizz and LOVE your Spring wardrobe sketches. They are so much more personal than standard fashion sketches. It’s great to see a collection designed with a real woman’s body rather than a lady with six foot long legs. Are you on Twitter? I’d love to keep up with your new posts there : ) Rosie xx

    • Thanks, Rosie! I’m such a fan of your work. I’m currently obsessed with your second collection – I look forward to getting a hold of the book. I’m not currently on twitter but I’ll let you know if/when I take the plunge. I’m glad you came by and commented!


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