Everyday wardrobe: four Renfrews with coordinating Archers

Four Renfrews with coordinating Archers by Allspice Abounds

The image above is the culmination of a grand sewing strategy.  Are you strategic with your fabric and pattern purchases?  I’ve been trying to get better at planning ahead with the goal of creating a wearable, everyday wardrobe.  The idea is to create comfortable, easy-to-wear pieces that are functional in my daily life, and to create new pieces that work with existing pieces.

I had identified a few problems in my existing wardrobe:

  • I needed more long-sleeved t-shirts for layering in cold weather.
  • Wearing an Archer with a tank top underneath doesn’t keep me warm enough.
  • My existing knit tops don’t match with my Archers.

The solution: Buy some jersey in colors that match my Archers, and sew up a bunch of Renfrews!

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Renfrew sewing season is in full swing!

Yellow Renfrew finished

Armed with a stack of pre-washed jersey and the onset of the cold weather here in Boston, I’ve been re-stocking my supply of cozy long-sleeved layering pieces.  And what better pattern to use for cranking out long-sleeved t-shirts than my trusty old Renfrew?  I know, I’m sure you’re shocked by this rogue pattern choice.  🙂

The shorter days and colder weather make blog photo shoots even harder to pull off than usual, so for now I’ll share a few in-progress photos, hoping that you’ll excuse the temporary absence of my smiling face.  Besides, since there’s a storm passing through today and I didn’t have any reason to go outside, my hair has that unstyled, fresh-out-of-the-shower look, and trust me, no one needs to see that.

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My personal color palette

Allspice Abounds color palette

On the heels of my Me Made May reflections, I stumbled upon Gillian’s tutorial for creating your own personal color palette, and I decided to give it a try.  I was a little intimidated about picking the right colors at first, but once I got going, it actually came together pretty quickly!

I used my Finished Project Gallery as inspiration, along with random outfit photos I’ve taken in the past year.  I tried to squint my eyes and look at my handmade (and some RTW) garments as a cohesive wardrobe, and I chose the colors that stand out and are most often repeated.  I also chose to leave out some colors that I’ve tried wearing and just didn’t feel like myself in (brown, I’m looking at you).

So what do you think of the finished palette?  It’s brighter and more colorful than I had anticipated, but I quite like it!

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