Do you plan what to sew for the coming season? Make a plan of your wardrobe wants and needs and stick to it?
I don't. For me , the moment I try to impose a rigid plan is the moment I loose all enthusiasm for all the planned items. Although, obviously I don't disapprove of making things you need and giving that some thought.
It may not surprise you that magazine editors from the 1950's were big fans of wardrobe planning. And of sewing with a plan.
I found this beautifully illustrated plan in a French Elle magazine from June 1955. It's a nine piece summer capsule wardrobe. I guess it was meant for casual holidays in the country, based on the absence of evening wear and tailored pieces.
You could order the patterns for all nine pieces from the magazine. They reflect the fashion trends at the time: pleated skirts, dropped waistlines and loose jackets. And of course, choosing matching and contrasting separates rather than dresses allows for greater versatility.
The great thing about this bit of planning is that they chose to illustrate various option with photographs, rather than just show to pieces and write suggestions:
And just in case you might think it all looks a bit tame, the article closes with a this super-bright colour picture (which doesn't come across very well in the picture):
Now I'm just left wondering why a third of one's French summer wardrobe would be cardigans and jackets...