The information Janice puts together at The Vivienne Files is beyond fabulous both for buying or sewing a wardrobe. The plan I originally picked for the cruise collection has thirty-one garments. That's too overwhelming. I'm feeling time crunched and like I'd be packing more than I need so I've decided to simplify and focus on less clothes more accessories. I went back to the site and found a new plan.
In Building By Fours, Janice lays out a plan based on two groups of four that include two tops, a pair of pants, and a skirt. Then she adds an expansion four, a mileage four, and an integration four (accessories) which ends up with sixteen garments plus accessories. That's more doable, less overwhelming.
The plan illustrated is built around nautical red and a neutral beige neither of which is my favourite color so even though I do know how to substitute color for color in my head, I went looking for another set I could relate to better and found...
... the lavender, jade, denim and grey combination. Translate that to fuchsia, turquoise, navy/black, and grey, and that's the direction I'm heading in. Yesterday, I started on a navy blue linen skirt in my favourite trumpet style and I went through my closet to see what already exists that can be incorporated into the groups of four. I have a good start and although I know I won't stick to the plan like glue - because that's just not me - things are feeling far more manageable.
I need to think differently about packing for this holiday and focus not on outfits but on mix and match and on amazing accessories that add enough punch and interest to distract from the fact that I'm wearing the same thing I was wearing the other day just mixed up a little differently. That part - the same thing over again only slightly different - is going to be hard for me which I think is hilarious because what do I wear at home - the same thing over again only slightly different... week to week. Hmm...
And... bonus... working with the 4 x 4 outline will help me to develop a core wardrobe of "cake" pieces that I can later add "frosting" pieces to. It's good learning. I'll be intrigued to see how it comes together since "frosting" is more my usual approach. I can be different. I can. I think - LOL.
Talk soon - Myrna
Grateful - another clean space
If you hit every time, the target's too near - or too big.
The second assault on the same problem should come from a totally different direction.
Don't mind approaches that transform one problem into another, that's a new chance.
- Tom Hirschfield