Kategori: Artistic Wardrobe Series

The Artistic Wardrobe – Research

So, where do you start your styling journey? First a few warnings – this post is about different ways of using style archetypes systems to create an individual wardrobe. It’s about ones outer appearance and seriously nerdy! All methods presented here might or might not work for you. There are other ways of working with style and if you don’t like this, find something else.

Is this only for women? No! Most systems have a brother. I don’t know why it isn’t a big thing but I have found valuable information from those too.

This is going to be a heavy posts so go and get a cup of coffee before digging in. First a brief early history on style archetype history.

As said in the last post I’ll be linking to other peoples materials since there is great work already done. Next a selection of style archetype systems I’ve looked into. I’m borrowing the layout for this section from Style Syntax, a fantastic styling blog and resource of everything personal styling. Here we go:

The first system I encountered whas Carol Tuttles Dressing Your Truth

This system has four archetypes that blends into one another. It’s a fairly easy, straight forward system to use. The books are affordable and theres a free video guide at the home page. Perfect system for DIYing.

The most fun system I found is Kati L Moores Fantastical Beauty

Theres a free styling e-book at her page that can be used to find your fairytale archetype, with or witout animal familiarity attached  to it. Personal styling and style guides can be bought at her webpage. Overall it is a fairly easy and affordable system. I love the storytelling possibility tied to this system and the more extravagant themes that can be created.

Another fun system is by David Zyla

You can learn this system from getting a personal styling with Mr Zyla or buying his book Color your Style. His method of extracting personal colors from your body was a new insight for me on color theory. His archetypes makes no sense but it’s a fun game to collect the clues for them.

And last but not least is David Kibbe

The best way of approaching this is either getting a personal styling with Mr Kibbe in New York or joining the Strictly Kibbe Facebook group. The first option is expensive and works wonders, the second is time consuming but free. His book Metamorphosis from 1987 is out of print and horrible expensive. I secretly wonder if the title is a humorous nod to Franz Kafka. Since I love watching old Hollywood movies this has become a favorite.

Harriet McJimsey mentioned in the video above and David Kibbe has inspired many others to create their own systems and extensions on these. Some have valuable things to ad the styling landscape, most have not.

This is like a treasure hunt that comes with an entire map of hidden treasures. I think it’s valuable to do your own findings, mostly because it then become your own individual journey. A problem is that you can easily be stuck in typing yourself for every system and then trying to get all the archetypes and colors from different systems to fit together into a neat coherent system. That is an impossible task and can become a hobby in itself, like laying puzzles. But no wardrobe will be created that way.

Next time I will share my own findings and look at fun things in DIYing your styling. Have a fantastic week!

The Art of an Artistic Wardrobe – Introduction

This is the beginning of a series of posts on how to style garment sewing. Strange question maybe but I’ll start with my personal thoughts on this.

For a long time Ive been pondering why I end up not liking most things I create for myself. Very few me made garments have stayed in my wardrobe or got worn at all, and that for years. And it’s not the technique. I alter cloths for others without problem. Ive made several well fitting garments that got sold, given away or ended up in my archive. So where do the sewing process go wrong? Am I choosing the wrong fabrics or the wrong sewing patterns? Maybe Im oddly shaped or just too old for wearing home mades?

Successful sewing project, 1950s shorts that has been worn for years.

For some months I went on a search to find out how to create a wardrobe that better fitted my lifestyle and looked more natural on my body. Of course I found several sources devoted to that question. A thing that caught me was all the different styling systems out there. I did a lot of quises, tests, took fotos of myself, made drawings and moodboards. Then there was books to read, different styling shortcuts to test and emotional feelings to be processed. I could be going through the entire process here but, since there are smart people out there with extensive knowledge on this subject I rather point in their direction when needed. Im not an expert, this is my personal views on styling ones sewing. So for some weeks I’ll be giving my thoughts and experiences on;

  • Finding style inspiration for sewing
  • How to find sources of beyond basic sewing patterns
  • Alter and hack sewing patterns for certain styles
  • Choose fabrics and colors
  • Capsules and/or outfits sewing
Different sewing pattern resources.

When I started this I wasn’t prepared for the emotional aspect of it. Sewing is a slow craft with much work involved. It can be quite difficult to fail. And one will fail over and over so its best to come prepared. In searching for your style it’s also possible to discover yourself in a different way and that can be difficult. Some people probably perceive this as a shallow experience but I think that’s more depending on who you are. What you take away from learning more about both inner and outside aspects of yourself is up to you. It’s not the deep waters itself that makes you a deep sea fish. I suggest that anyone in this process to let it take time and put garment sewing on the back burner for a while. A winter coat, dress or knitted sweater is a very obvious project, it’s in your face. Wait with these projects until you’re sure in which direction the styling search is taking you. Enthusiasm was not my best friend in the beginning I must say.

So what do you sew then? Underwear is less visible and can also give some insights and important clues on what feels comfortable and flattering. It involves less fabric too. Then we have interior textiles and children’s clothes. These projects are outside yourself and easier to create with low emotional involvement.

Next time I will go into actual styling systems… the time consuming part. Have a nice week!