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« on: February 24, 2011 09:39:09 AM »

 Cheesy Cheesy I can almost hear back the answer already... "as many as you want?"

Basically I've set myself a challenge over on my blog to sew myself up a spring/summer maternity wardrobe. As were the countless of crafty women before me, I am increasingly annoyed at the price/lazy design of the maternity clothes I've seen in shops... (etc etc etc blah blah anyhow)

I just thought I'd put this question out there -
how may garments would you class as a 'wardrobe'?
I'm probably not going to do any trousers.... I'm' kinda thinking 4 tops, 2 skirts, 2 day dresses and one really nice 'going out' dress..... Maybe a cardigan... I think I've got a jacket I can get away with using... I'll probably have to do something to some shoes...

how many colours would you limit yourself to in a wardrobe
clearly the smaller the colour spectrum the more likely everything is to 'go together' but I don't know... 3 colours? 4?

I'm really interested in hearing people's thoughts on this.
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« Reply #1 on: February 24, 2011 03:01:34 PM »

Both times I was pregnant I wore normal clothing for as long as possible. Baby-doll tops I wore the whole way through & cheap stretchy Tee's. I had 2 pairs of maternity jeans from 6 months & 1 stretchy non-maternity dress that fit the whole way through. I also had 4 maternity singlets which are also breastfeeding singlets. Button up cardi's a great because you can do up just the top couple of buttons.
I wore Blacks, navy blues, any dark colours to hide stains you get from your tummy bumping things.

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« Reply #2 on: February 25, 2011 01:00:13 PM »

Some years back Australian Stitches (or Stitch?) magazine had an article on sewing a coordinating wardrobe--sewing with a plan, they called it. They recommended starting with eleven garments: 4 bottoms, 6 tops, and a jacket. If all the pieces work together, you can get a lot of outfits from that. Their advice was to pick two basic, probably neutral, solid colors to be the basis of your wardrobe; make any other solid colors coordinate with the two basic colors; and pick a print that has some of the two basic colors in it, so anything made with it will work with both. There was some more specific advice and then a "stage two" where you added to the basic eleven garments. It was all pretty interesting, but the original article doesn't seem to be online anymore.

Anyway, the point was that you can do a lot with not that many garments.

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« Reply #3 on: March 29, 2011 02:01:36 PM »

Try googling "core wardrobe." You'll find articles like this: http://imageassets.net/2010/07/19/how-to-build-a-core-wardrobe/

I wouldn't get sucked into black, necessarily, either.  Just go with your best neutral color or two, and then start with a fun color you look good in as an accent color.  Then you can always add on with other colors that coordinate.

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