Kendra’s Fall ’15 Wardrobe Plans

A few weeks ago, you may have seen my inspiration post where I talked about my fall wardrobe plans. Recently, I took that inspiration and channeled it into lists. I’m about to get real with you all: I hate drawing. I’m not terrible at it (definitely not good), but I tend to plan and get better ideas from writing. I’m a big fan of mind maps, word associations, and just plain lists.

Kendra's '15 Fall Wardrobe Plans | Grainline Studio

First, I did my best to figure out how my time during the week was balancing out for the upcoming months. Drawing up a list of how I spend my days helped me decide what types of outfits I would need. Most of my days call for casual looks, however, I do have some special events that will require a fancier dress code and I like to dress up a bit when I go out for dates with my dude or with friends. Before picking out fabric, I thought about colors I wanted to focus on and made a little chart for that. I can get a bit zippy when fabric shopping, which sometimes results in me buying yardage that I don’t end up using. Having these colors in mind helped me to focus on the really fun part: deciding what I was going to make!

Kendra's '15 Fall Wardrobe Plans | Grainline Studio

This fall, I would love to make a self-drafted pair of jeans. I have some ideas and a pair in my closet to use as inspiration. It’s one of the bigger projects I have planned, but I think it would feel really great to have a pattern made just for me by me. I also have plans to make a new dark denim Moss, it’s a perfect pairing with tights and oxfords. The last item I have planned as far as bottoms is a circle midi skirt that is high waisted and zips up the back made from a heavy black knit. It would be a self-drafted pattern as well, hopefully I’ll be able to get around to working on these before winter comes along!

As for tops, I wear a lot of tees, which is perfect because the Lark just came out! I have plans and fabric for 5 Larks, a couple with variations, some long sleeved and some short. It’s a great pattern for layering or to be worn all on its own. I could also use two new Archers cut straight from the pattern with no changes. I have fabric I’m really excited about for those, both plaids. I’m going to make them in heavier flannels to act as overcoats, borrowing that one from the boys. Then there is the sweatshirt I posted in one of my inspiration boards, I will definitely use that as inspiration for a Linden with snaps up the back. I also have plans for a striped Hemlock and few other items here and there.

Kendra's '15 Fall Wardrobe Plans | Grainline Studio

I’m still new to knitting but I have totally and completely fallen head over heels for it. So, I’m really challenging myself this fall to knit up a storm when I’m not in the studio, partly because I want to learn as much as I can and also because it’s fall! I have just started knitting up the Heathered cardigan by Melissa Schaschwary. I wear the same ratty short waisted cardigan a lot in the fall, so this hand knit is meant to replace it. I also have big plans for knitting the Docklight sweater by Julie Hoover. I’m thinking charcoal grey. I have a couple unfinished knitting projects I want to finish up before winter in heavier wools, a scarf, and the Cross Country Coat by Wool and the Gang, so I’ll work on those as well.

Kendra's '15 Fall Wardrobe Plans | Grainline Studio

I’m so excited to start crossing items off these lists! I get a ridiculous amount of joy from that, I think it’s part of the reason I make them in the first place!  What pieces are you excited about for fall? Anything you can’t wait to make?

16 replies on “Kendra’s Fall ’15 Wardrobe Plans

  • Sonia

    Mine is pretty much the same! I need almost exclusively casual, so planning to make the simplest jeans pattern I could find. Loads more long sleeve crew neck lark Tees, and aran jumpers and berets. Getting there, in my own time (but before winter would also be good).

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    • Kendra

      That all sounds great! You’ll have to share your makes along the way, I would love to see your finished Larks and other goodies.

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  • Michelle

    I love your method of planning. It’s a really great idea to break down your time into percentages in order to determine what types of garments your need more/most of.

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  • janet

    Thanks for sharing your wardrobe plans! Your knit selection is super inspiring. I love the marl and the stripes. I want to sew up a whole slew of Larks too.

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    • Kendra

      I’m really excited about that one! It’s an awesome fabric in person. I had a really hard time picking just one of the Robert Kaufman Mammoth flannels. They’re all so good!

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  • eimear

    the percentage method is very good, I like to do some drawings but see all as subject to change. my starting point was a winter coat, which is done and was a great idea as the weather turned cold just as I finished it!

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    • Kendra

      It works well for me. That being said, I do love looking at other peoples drawings! I love seeing all the different illustration styles out there. It definitely inspires me to see how others get the wheels turning.

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  • Tiffany

    Oooooo I’ll be watching for your cross country coat! I’ve had that pattern since last year and haven’t worked up the nerve to start it.

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  • Betty Canerday

    Hey Kendra, I love your sewing plan. I’m not nearly that organized. Usually I need something then try to make it. Backwards, I know. Maybe I’ll try your method.

    I’m glad to hear you’re doing some knitting. I love to knit and have a hard time trying to decide whether I should knit or sew.

    I wanted to mention “Ravelry” to you if you haven’t found it yet. It’s a really super knitting site. You can learn just about anything and fine almost any pattern. (ravelry.com). I’m sure you don’t have anything else to do.
    BJ

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    • Kendra

      Thank you! You’re totally right, I have a hard time too deciding whether I want to spend the evenings knitting or sewing. We need more hands! I do have a Ravelry account and it’s been such a helpful source for patterns and inspiration. 🙂

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