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The Essential Guide to a Perfect Wardrobe: Finding Your Style

teacher avatar Joy Macdonell, Professional Maker and Content Creator

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Lessons in This Class

    • 1.

      Introduction and Cleaning Out Your Closet


    • 2.

      Wardrobe Characteristics


    • 3.

      What Isn't Working in Your Wardrobe


    • 4.

      Lifestyle Wardrobe


    • 5.

      Project Management


    • 6.

      Planning Your Next Wardrobe Project


    • 7.

      Identify Your Style


    • 8.

      Body Measurements and Type


    • 9.

      What Will You Put in Your Wardrobe?


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A wardrobe is made up of garments that fit your body type in a range of colors that complement your personality to express your style.  In planning a wardrobe, you must carefully consider the pieces you make or buy and how each piece contributes to the whole of your wardrobe.  Building a wardrobe takes skill and organization.  Evaluating your lifestyle, your body type, color palette, fit, and fabrics will lead you to the answers you need to curate a collection of garments that are your wardrobe.  Join Joy Macdonell to learn how to plan to make and buy garments for your dream wardrobe.  In this class, we will evaluate your current closet, figure out your body type, discuss figure & fit, learn the language of color, develop a wardrobe palette, and plan for how to shop and create figure flattering garments for your wardrobe.

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Joy Macdonell

Professional Maker and Content Creator


Joy Macdonell has had many roles in the Craft Industry from Independent Shop Owner to Product Development Director to Creative Content Director. While at EK Success Brands and Simplicity Creative Group, Joy worked with major brands including: Martha Stewart Crafts, American Girl, Disney, and Sesame Street.

She created Scrapbook Design & You (SDU) while at EK Success Brands which became a national education program for scrapbooking available at local scrapbook stores, Michaels, Joann Fabric and Craft Stores, and AC Moore. She has had the pleasure of teaching in-person craft classes all over the world for the past 16 years. You can also visit with her at her online sewing and knitting classes on and

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1. Introduction and Cleaning Out Your Closet: wearing your favorite outfit can change your mood. Your clothing choices allow you to express yourself through colors, fabrics and style. Your wardrobe helps you tell your story. We all have our favorite pieces of clothing, but it shouldn't be just one piece. It should be all of them. That's what making your wardrobe is all about. It's about how it makes you feel. Every piece in your wardrobe should make you feel like it's your favorite. Hi and welcome to wardrobe planning. My name is joined actor now, and in this class you're going toe. Learn to strategically translate your style to your closet and plan for your next sewing and knitting projects. Building a wardrobe takes skill and organization Evaluating your lifestyle. Your favorite garment pieces, colors and fabrics will lead you to the answers you need to curate. A collection of your favorite garments in this class will clean out their closets and find our hang ups. We will learn to think about what garments we love and need to make over and over and over again. By the end of the class, you will have a plan for how to shop for new fabrics and yarns and Woolls knitting and sewing patterns and know what garments you want to make next in this class. There's a pdf handout attached. Make sure you download the pdf and printed out because as you're working along with me, I'm gonna have you jot down notes so that you remember things about your wardrobe that are important. This is how you're going to build your wardrobe and start to build your style. I'm going to challenge you and have you clean out your closets. There's gonna be moments where we're gonna need to pause. You'll stop watching this. This class. You'll go off and you'll do something in your wardrobe, and then you'll come back and check in for the next step of what you need to dio so that you can really analyze and get to know your wardrobe and make the best decisions that you need to make to create a wardrobe. You're going toe love, so make sure you download the pdf before you get started. We are all on a budget of time and money. We need to look at those resource is and decide how we can manage them fast. We need to send our expectations so that we can achieve success. We also need to make good choices and good choices air made when we know what we want. Tohave. So we're going to start to go through our wardrobe and we're gonna going Teoh, make some choices. It may be hard. There may be times where you really have to look at one thing or another, but in order to get to the wardrobe, you want to have your going to have to make some hard choices. And that's going to include garments you might really be attached to but never wear. It may be time to move them out of your wardrobe and make room for something new, so just prepare yourself to make some hard decisions and to challenge yourself as you're looking at your wardrobe. It's also the way that you encourage growth and development in building your style and knowing what you want to wear and being happy and feeling good in all of the things that you have in your wardrobe. You wanted to find your style, and as you're thinking about your style, we are going to look at what body shape do you have? You also want to be very familiar with your body. Measurements were going to take our body measurements in this class, But I do want to say it's important to take those body measurements every six months or so , just in case anything has changed or moved, especially if you have recently given birth or had any surgery or any major body changes. You want to make sure that you are measuring your body because it does change. Body types can change, too, if you have significant weight loss or after the birth of a child. So just be aware. Sometimes your body type might change. And also you may fall kind of in between two body types. I'm going to give you information about all different types of body types, but just know it's a flexible understanding off what? That maybe And don't be afraid to define your type or accept what you're type is. We are all different. We are all beautiful and it's just a matter of learning how to style the body type that we have. That's what makes us look great in our clothes. It's also what makes us feel fabulous in her clothes. We're also going to think about some color and how we want to use color in our wardrobe. There is a whole nother class on color, So if you like this class and you feel like you've learned a lot here about had, it's begin to work on your wardrobe, make sure you check out the class on color for your wardrobe because that will take a deeper dive into the color palette. And how can you build a color palette for your wardrobe? If you build your wardrobe, then you will always have something to wear. Have you ever had that feeling where you go to the fabric shop or the knitting shop and you look around and you think I love everything? I want to buy everything and you dio and then you get home and you're like, Why did I buy all this? Now? I have no idea what I want to make or you're at the shop. You look around and you feel completely overwhelmed, and you have no idea what to buy, so you leave the shop with nothing. It's because you don't know your style, and you don't know what pieces you need for your wardrobe or what you want to make, so you kind of have gone shopping without a plan. Building your wardrobe means that you will always have something to wear. The first step in curating your wardrobe is to clean out your closet. You'll need to schedule some time for this. Takes a little while, and you want to do a little bit of research ahead of time, where the local places you can take the clothes that you don't want. Is there a consignment shop in your area, or is there a local church Salvation Army Goodwill someplace you can recycle your clothes so that somebody else can benefit from them and then think about the clothes that you really want to keep. So everything comes out of the closet, perhaps on your bed, wherever you have to put it, and do some hard editing, the things that you can donate and the things that you really must keep. Then I want you out of the things that you have to get your hand out and write down the eight most important staples that are in your wardrobe. So hit Paul is right here. Go clean out your closet, pick out your eight most favorite things and write them down on your hand out. Make your pile for your donation. And take that off to your donation on then the rest of your clothes that you want to keep. Go back into your closet. Keep in mind, though, this is a tough edit. You don't want to give yourself so many clothes that you haven't really edited your wardrobe at all, and you don't want at it so far that you was gonna have anything to wear. So you can have some back up close in the meantime, as you're really working through the edit and the rebuild of your wardrobe. But take a hard look at what you have and pick out those eight things that are your staples . Most important pieces in your wardrobe. All right, it cause and go do it. And when you're done, come back. That will pick up on the next step 2. Wardrobe Characteristics: congratulations. You cleaned out your closet. You've got the things that you love remaining and you've identified your eight most important staple items. Everybody's lifestyle is different, so your staple items might be related to your job. Or it might be related to being a stay at home mom. Or it might be related. Teoh, the gym. Whatever your staples are, whatever your lifestyle is, whatever is most important to you you now have that on a list. These air my eight most important staple items. Now what I'd like you to dio is take a look at those items and decide What is it about these items that puts them on my most important list? Is it a fabric is a color? Is it a texture? Is the particular pattern that you used when you made that peace? Is it because it came from somebody? What? Whatever it iss write down what you love about those staple items because these characteristics are something that you want to use as you build out your wardrobe. And as you start making decisions for your future wardrobe pieces so really get in touch with what is it that I love about these pieces. And why do I want to keep them? I'm a comfortable. Are they hard wearing? Is it something that you can layer all the time? Doesn't move from season to season. Really? Give it a hard luck. Put this on pause and write down. What are the characteristics of your ate staple items that makes you fall in love with. Okay, See you in a minute. Now I want you to take a look at those staple items and the things that you kept in your closet. And I wanted to think about the items that you chose not to keep. What was it about those items that you just you just didn't love? That didn't work for you? Was it a color? Was it an intensity of a color? Is the texture is the particular cut of a pair of jeans or address? Or could it be? Could it be something about every You love the look of it when you wear it? You felt like you pulled in a particular direction all the time. It was just never It just didn't fit you right? Think about what are the things that I don't like for me. One of my big things that I've learned about myself is that I love florals, but the floral prints need to be small. I'm a petite person, and I've learned that when I tried to wear big floral prints, it just completely covers up my body and I lose myself in them. So I've always had to get rid of those by them, and then I have to get rid of them. So think about what are some of the things that you buy. But it just never works out for you, is it? A boxy shape is fitted shape. What is it that didn't work for you and take a few minutes. Now put me on pause and think about one of the things that just don't work for May. And these are the things I'm going to stay away from as I build my wardrobe. So take a moment, jot down. What is it that did not work for you? 3. What Isn't Working in Your Wardrobe: the next item on our list used to take a hard look at some of the things that we've made but never wear. What happened? Did you make it for a particular event and then the event just never You never wore that piece again. Or did you make it from a fabric that was too slippery, or did you get it from something that just continued to stretch and stretch and stretch? Think about what are some of the things that you've made and have never worked out before? Because I want you to go to your pattern stash and your fabric stash. I want you to go to where you have the materials that you work with and see if you purchase those things again. So if you have a pattern that you know you made and it just didn't work out, get the pattern out of your pattern stash if you have a fabric that you know that you've bought and it just didn't work on you, or maybe it fits into some of the characteristics that you just don't like to have in your wardrobe. I'd like you to go through your stash now and do some editing. So first, just to write down what are some things that you've made that you just didn't wear? The end. And then I want you to go into that pattern, stash, knitting or sewing and look for some of those patterns that just didn't work. If it's in a book, just make a note opposed to note. This pattern doesn't work, but this one does for me make notes on those on, then go through your stash and make some editing. Are editing our stash is equally as important as editing our existing wardrobe because we could accidentally make a mistake if we pull something out of our stash that we know doesn't work for us. So make some hard edits in your stash. There's always a friend or family member or somebody who would love to have the things that just aren't working for you. So again, go through and make some choices in your pattern collection and in your stash and then come back and we'll move on to our next step 4. Lifestyle Wardrobe: your next step is to evaluate your lifestyle. When is that? You do during the day. If you think about a day 24 hours and you break that into eight hour pieces now we should be getting eight hours asleep at night. Sometimes are selling in. Our knitting prevents that, but technically eight hours should be spent on resting. Another eight hours is spent on working, so you want to block that eight hours out work time, and then you want to think about the remaining time in your day and how you spend that time . Do you go to the gym? Do you take care of Children? Do you work with paths or animals? What is it that you dio that defines your lifestyle? This is an example of what my lifestyle looks like. I have some free time. I have work time. I have mommy time and I have gym time. So my wardrobe is reflective of these times that I spent that the way that I spend my time and the greatest percentage of time that I have is spent at work so that percentage of my wardrobe should be reflected in work clothes and then I need time as mommy. What do I wear is a mommy? And then what do I wear to the gym? And, of course, resting and free time. So think about your lifestyle and work on your pie chart so that you can get a representation of how much of your wardrobe should be represented in these different roles that you take on throughout the day and your life. And this is how you start to build a wardrobe that works the way that you work, and it works for you. So you impose again and take a moment and make a pie chart that reflects your my style. Now you have your lifestyle defined and the percentages of how your time is spent. I want you to think about any special events that might be coming up. Do you have somebody's wedding to go? Teoh Travel Planned vacation anything that's happening because you will need close to match up with the events that are happening in your life. So take a moment and go look at your calendar and think about. Do I have anything where I need special clothes or a special wardrobe to match what's happening in my life style. The next thing you want to consider are this seasons. Winter, spring, summer and fall and how those seasons affect your wardrobe. Also, look at the calendar and see if there are any special holidays coming up. Is Christmas coming along or is Halloween happening where you need a costume? Thanksgiving? Anything where you wanna have something special to celebrate? You might need something for Valentine's Day or you might like to wear something final on ST Patrick's Day. So think about holidays that are happening in any special outfits you wanna wear for the home of days. Sometimes this is where we put an extra sewing project in because we want to make something beautiful to wear to a wedding or something special to wear to a vacation or event that's happening. So check out your calendar and add to your worksheet anything that's gonna happen special in your upcoming counter 5. Project Management: part of what we're doing as we're building our capsule is also planning. Planning is super important. So if we're planning so that we can maybe get a couple rolls on a sweater every Tuesday or every Thursday for a certain amount of time, we will always get that project done when we expect to get it done. So you need to do a little bit of project management here. You're gonna think about your lifestyle. You have your pie chart and you thought about the seasons that you need to wear any special events that are coming up. Now go to your calendar and break it down into what does your day, your week look like? Where could you fit in your craft in time? Something that I have found is that if I plan for my crafting time when I go into my crafting space, I'm actually much more productive. I know what I need to do and what I need to make. My family has kind of been warned ahead of time. They know that I've set aside this time and it's my time, so they're less likely to interrupt me or to bother me or to ask for things, and instead of just being confused by what I have or not sure what I want to make, I have a plan. I go in there and I know what I want to do, and I know what I want to make, and that changes the whole paradigm of working on my wardrobe. It changes my mental attitude about what I'm doing and how I'm doing it, because I also know that I've purchased the materials and the supplies that I need in order to make that project. So, as I said, you're gonna do a little bit of project management because if you know you need to have a dress made for a particular season or an event or holiday that's coming up, you can plan. How long you think it's going to make take you to make this dress, and when do you need to get started? When do you need to do your cutting or when do you need to get started to cast on your stitches? When do you need to begin, and how much shooting to dio along the time in order to get to the stage where you actually have your garment made in advance of the event, and you're not up at two o'clock in the morning sewing or knitting and wondering, Am I going to make it? And then you're not enjoying the actual event, So project manage yourself a little bit. Look at your calendar. Look at how you can plan your time, how you complain for what you need, how you complain for your seasons and how you can plan your wardrobe todo to make what you want to make, so that when it fits into what you have, it fits in perfectly to your lifestyle. So I know that's a lot to think about. And if we break it down into these little steps that are in your worksheet, you can start to really get very organized about how you're going to build your wardrobe and what you need to do next and how you're going to plan your time. So think wisely about that. Take a few minutes right here. Put this on pause and go back to your calendar. Go back to your planning worksheets and schedule yourself a little bit of time for your crafting, and then when you sit down toe actually work on something. You will feel very good about the time we're spending in your crafting space. I want to show you an example of how to project Manage a project for your wardrobe. One of your pdf downloads is a project planner Worksheet. Let's walk through how you could use this worksheet to plan for an upcoming project Christmases in December. And I have a holiday party to attend. And I want to make this dress to wear to the party. I want to project manage this project. So I'm going to look at my project planner and I'm gonna plan out when I need to get started so that I'm done in time for the party. This is what the project planner looks like. The first place to start is the date, and you want to write whatever the date is today into this section right here. And what we're gonna do is talk about how you end up getting thes dates into this project planner. First thing I want to do is write down what my project is. So holiday dress. Not quite sure how much time I need yet, but I know I want to spend about $250 on the entire project. If I can come in under budget, that would be great. My due date is December 17th and I have my party planned that day. So I know that I want my end date to be December 10th. Now what I need to do is figure out. When do I have to start? I'm going to work on simplicity. It's a simplicity pattern. It's a pattern number 80 13 and I'm using View D. The next thing I want to do is come over here to the calendar section and there are blank calendars in here, and what I want to do is just right in the month and then the days that make up that month . And I'm highlighting anything that's, Ah, holiday weekend because I probably won't be able to do any crafting then, or I have vacation plans or whatever it is. So I'm just gonna highlight thes sections so that I know there's something already planned . There have done the same thing for October for November and for December, and I put a star where the activity is. You know, this is the date that I have the parties I need to have my dress done. The next thing I want to do is come down to my construction steps here, the basic steps that I need to follow in order to make a project. And I'm figuring out how much time I need for each one of these projects or each one of these steps. So I need a day for shopping for materials I need today for prepping my fabric that's washing it, getting it ready, and then if I'm gonna have any pattern alterations, cutting pattern, make marking, sewing, impressing any fittings or alterations again, more sewing, impressing than finishing these air my hems. Is there anything that I need to do to finish the garment? And then I'm giving myself some cleanup time because I do like to have a clean space when I come back to work in my craft room again. So working backwards, I'm going to start by recognising. I want this done on the 17th but I don't want to be sowing to the last minute, so if I could have it done the Saturday before the event, that would be perfect. So I'm going to say I want to do my cleanup on December 9th. And if I start going backwards knowing that I need one weekend. So that's December 2nd and third. And then I just keep scheduling my dates backwards, referencing back to my calendar to see. Are there any other plans that I have is their holiday? Is there anything that's happening? And I just keep writing these dates right in and when I'm done, that means that I realize I need to start this task on September 16th in orderto have it done by December 9th. Now, that's my personal schedule. You might have more time to sew and bill to so faster than Ideo, so your schedule would be a little bit faster if I have any special notes. I'm gonna write those in there as well. Then I'm gonna go on to the second page off my planner on the second page of the Project Planner. We have a materials list and references. Now, this is a great place to write down any of the information that I need to know what to go shopping for so that when I go my shopping trip, I have everything that I need. So I have my fabric type, how much of it I need, whether I need to buy it. But I think that cost might be or if it's in my stash. So wherever I have something already in my stash, I know I've got that. And then the other things I need to purchase. And then I can keep a picture off what the project looks like that I'm making, and I have a spot for any notes for alterations. Resource is an inspiration so that as I'm going along through my project, I can keep track of what I'm doing and whether I'm on budget or not, and whether I'm on my time schedule or not. So this is a great way to use the project planner to help you plan for your next project for your wardrobe. 6. Planning Your Next Wardrobe Project: You've done a lot of work so far. You should feel really good about yourself. You've been able, Teoh, get that lifestyle. Get your calendar, your planning. Now we're going to get ready to actually look at what happens when you go to purchase the materials that you need to make your next project. This is more future planning and future thought. So I want you to consider what are your favorite fabrics? We talked a little bit about what you I had to look at. What is it that you like about your current border pieces? What is it that you don't like about your current wardrobe pieces? And then what is it that you've made in the past? That just didn't work out for you? So now I'd like you to consider What are the materials? The fabrics? The substance is that you use that you like to use. What? Um is it cottons? Is it? Whoa! Van's isn't nets. If you're a sewer, if you're a knitter, do you like cotton as opposed to wool? Because you have a little bit of an allergy. Or is it is it a cotton? Ours? I'm sorry. A silk and wool blend that you like to use. Or do you really like I'll pack up because that's super soft for you. Think about what are the materials that you like toe have against your skin. Our wardrobe is born on us. It's on our bodies. It's something that we need to feel super good about. If you're making pants, do they need to be a certain type of fabric with a little bit of stretch in them? If you're making a sweater, do you want to avoid having a stretch in your materials because you don't want it to shrink as stretch as you're wearing it? These are all important factors in thinking about what are the materials that were gonna buy, and what is it that we're going to make? These two things have to match up. So think about what air the but the substrates that you like to work with. If your sewer you might want to think about, Is it a woven fabric that I like, or is it a knit fabric that I like? Do I like cottons? Bulls Ray owns blends? What is it that I like to use? If you're a knitter, you want to think about. What are those areas of Of the yarn shop where you frequent the most. Do you try to stay away from things that are a little bit scratchy? So you've never make something out of a low p kind of bull or do you do not worry about that. And just like the way the color work comes together, you like something to be a little bit stiffer. So think about what do you like And look at your materials and make a list of things that you really enjoy. What of the fabrics that make you happy and you feel good. So take a minute and write those down. 7. Identify Your Style: along with your fabrics, you're gonna want to think about styles that you like. Now there are tons of words that go with different styles. They all mean different things to everybody. If I say preppy, I'm going to think of the 19 eighties because that's when I grew up. But if you are younger than I am and you think prep, you might have a different opinion of that. It doesn't matter what the name of that style is or how you interpret it. It just you just need to know what that is. So you might like a preppy style or a bohemian style, or you might like a classic style or a minimalist kind of style. You might also lead an athletic lifestyle. So you wanna have an athletic sort of look, whatever your style is, think about what you love and put award to it. Put a name to it. Put some sort of way to talk about your style on this list because that will help you as you start to pick out patterns. And as you start to think about your body type and as you start to think about what pieces you need for the future in your wardrobe, it will be important to sort of have an idea of what you believe your style to be. As you evolve in building your wardrobe, your style will will become you, and it really won't be able to be defined by a particular term that fits everybody else. It will just be yours. And that's how you know when you've arrived into your own style is when you find it and you feel comfortable in it. People say that just looks like you. It looks like something you would wear. That's when you found your style. So for right now, I'd like you to think about what type of style do you really like? Is it preppy? Isn't minimalist is a classic, is a bohemian What is it? Jot that down, take a moment to be on pause and then come back once you have that figured out. Now that you've identified your favorite fabrics and your style, I'd like you to take a look a ready made. It's already made for you. You can go into the stores. You can try things on you confined brands that you kind of like on by looking at those brands. You can also start to identify your own style. You can figure out what fits well on you or what doesn't fit well on you. So jot down. What are your favorite brand? That you like to shop where your favorite stores that you like to shop? Do you shop in anthropology? Do you go to an Taylor? Where do you go frequently and then also take a moment to think about what pattern companies do you purchase from. You have an independent pattern designer that you just love and you go back to over and over again. Or do you have a pattern company at a large realty retailer where you enjoy looking through their catalogue? Look for these things and jot down what you know you love and make notes of these so that you can start to plan for some of these ready made items, and you can look for styles that you want to incorporate into your wardrobe as you're making your next out 8. Body Measurements and Type: next, we're gonna do some body measuring. Don't be shy about this. It's really important to know your body. You need to have somebody who can help you. So your mother, your friend, your sister, your partner, whoever you have have somebody help you do your body measurements. You're going to want to take three of them were gonna do the bust, the waste and the hip. It's important. Tohave undergarments on. You don't wanna have any clothes that could add voke to those measurements and you want to use a soft measuring tape, so show you how to measure each of these different body cards in order to get a proper bust measurement. You want to stay in parallel to the person that you're measuring and you want to measure around the fullest part of the bust. Once you have that measurement, write that down in your hand out. Then we'll take the waist measurement. Now some folks don't know where their waste iss. So the easiest way to figure out where your waist is is to restaurants comfortably around your midsection and lean from left to right and that will guide your hands right to your waist. It should be the narrowest part of your midsection. So leisure right around there and get that waist measurement. Don't you have the waist measurement that will want to do the hips? The hip measurement is the fullest part of the hip. So you want to get right around that bum and get that full measurement and recorded that on your sheet So you should have the bust, the waste and the hip, and now get ready to do some math. We're gonna take that bust measurement and divided by your waist. Then take your hit measurement and divide that by your waist measurement. Then take your waist measurement, divide that by hip and then take your waist and divided by the bust. Now you'll end up with a series of numbers, and we're gonna compare those numbers to different body types, and this will help to guide you into what type of body you have. You can probably look at your hand out and get a rough idea. You know your body. You know pretty much where you are. But if you have any question about where you could be, refer back to the math for the upper figure. You're going to take your bust divided by waste. And if it is equal to 1.25 or greater than you fit into this section, along with the waste divided by your bust at 0.75 or less. This means that your upper figure, your shoulders are broad and your waist in your hips are now our. Now the inverse of this is the lower figure, where your hips and your thighs are bigger than your shoulders, so you're hit. Divided by your waist equals 1.25 or greater. Your waist, divided by your hip equals 0.75 or less. If you fit into this category, your lower figure and your top half is smaller than your bottom half in the hour glass. Figure your shoulders and your hips are relatively equal measurements, and your waist is now our so your bust and hip are within two inches and there's at least nine inches between your bus, divided by your hip number and your waist. This means that you, your shoulders and your hips are relatively the same, and you come in at the waist now for a linear or middle figure. You're going to look at your bus divided by your waist. It will be 1.20 or less. Your waist, divided by your bust is going to be 0.8 or greater. Your hip, divided by your waist, is 1.20 or less, and the waste divided by the hip equals 0.8 or greater. Now, the linear or middle figure are relatively the same because your measurements equal out to be kind of the same. There's not a lot of waste definition in this type of body figure. Look at those figures and figure out which one you are Now. There may be some some places for some of you where you go. I'm kind of close to this one, but I'm also close to that one. Get yourself a close as you can, because what we're gonna do next is we're going to review the body styles. What are some of the styling things that you can do to dress that body type? And what are some of the How can you use color prints, fabrics, textures and things like that to enhance different parts of your body so that your style nicely and your wardrobe fits you Well, so take a moment. Do your measurements, figure out your math and figure out your body style and then come right back. Well, right up from here. The idea with any body figure that we have is to create visual balance and to emphasize the parts that we like and to de emphasize the parts that we don't like. Now that you figured out your measurements and you know your body type. Let's talk about how weaken style our bodies, depending on what type of body you have, you might want to emphasize or de emphasize parts of it. And we can do that with our styling. Let's talk about the two triangle figures, the upper body figure and the lower body figure. In both cases, we have one part that's bigger or broader than the other part. So what you want to do is create emphasis in the part that's more narrow and that might be adding a print or a pattern or fullness. So if your upper body you have wine shoulders, that means you wanna add volume to the lower part of your body, so you want a nice full skirt with good pleats or ruffles. You can add prince or texture down the bottom half of your body. Anything that would have visual interests that will. How equal out to your shoulders will be helpful for your body. You might want to do things that de emphasize your shoulders, like use wide straps and to create the necklines or you necklines. You might also want to make sure it's that don't have collars. That will help to reduce the emphasis on the top part of your body. If you're the opposite way, you need to add emphasis to your shoulders. Then you might want to add a rap or show. Or you might want to do ah, cut out or at a nice collar or breast pocket on textures and ruffles so that you can emphasize and bring this part to equal the head. The hit measurement. So with the triangles, what we're trying to do is tow. Add volume and add interest where you have less. Now, if you're an hourglass figure, you have shoulders and hips that are equal to one another in a waste that comes in dinner With this type of figure, you can you can wear a lot of fitted silhouettes, things that are tailored and fit well to you. In doing that, you're gonna emphasize that waste, and you're gonna emphasize your curves, which is what you want to dio So wearing jackets that ended your waistline bomber jackets with elastic waist trench coats that have a nice tie in the waste about. If you're wearing a dress and it's all like a trapeze or a little full, you're going to want to add that that belt to bring it in to emphasize your small waist and allow your curves to be your curves. If you're a linear figure that your measurements between your bus to your waist and your hips are not gonna have a lot of difference. You're not going to have those curves, so you need to do things with your clothes that will create curves. And that may mean that you add ruffles to the top where you add a print or you add something that draws your eye right into that top part. You can use light, bright colors or fun. Prince. You could also flipped that, and you might decide I'm gonna add more interest to the bottom part of my body. and that would be fine. You could wear floral pants or straight pants or something with a nice pattern in it. Just looking at where do you want to create them? That curb. You could do that with your prints or your textures. If you are a rectangle figure. Now, if you're a middle figure, where again your bust, your waist and your hip measurements are the same. But your waist is fuller. You want to draw the eye in. You want to create that waistline, so you want to do that with a nice broad emphasis on that waste. That may mean that you get about that has a nice bright color and you bring that pattern in . You want to create a waste, So in doing that, you might want to add fullness to your hips so that you're creating a waste. Look that, um, that isn't naturally there. You also want to look at your under garments. They're very important with a middle or a full figure. Use your shapewear garments. Make sure that you have a push up bra so that you're creating some some lift here and getting that waste that you want eso depending on how you style yourself, how you bring your patterns and your textures and the fullness and the pleats and the ruffles and all the fun things that we can do with our clothes. Putting them in strategic places will help to emphasize the parts that you went to emphasize of your body. So now that you know your body type, you can start to look at the construction and the fabrics and how you gonna put those together to create a wardrobe that emphasizes your body type? 9. What Will You Put in Your Wardrobe?: you've done a lot of work off building your wardrobe. You know what you like, what you don't like. You know what you've made, what's worked and what hasn't worked. What fabrics you want to do, what's in your calendar? How plan for the next project you want to make. We've done our body measurements that we know our body types and how the style our bodies. Now it's time to sit down and choose. What are the different types of tops? The bottoms, the layers, the pieces you want in your wardrobe in your handout have included a number of different components that make up good components for a wardrobe. These air some of the staple pieces that you might want to include in your wardrobe. Now again, depending on your lifestyle, you will make the selections that are best for you. But it's always nice to have that little black dress, a nice pair of little ballet flats, a good pair of pumps. You wanna have a good athletic leisure. Some of my favorite pieces are a nice button down shirt in my collection, along with a crew neck sweater. This is where I'll spend a little bit more money on my materials so that I could get the piece that I want. So a nice piece of cashmere is nice to have, um, but again, it's building that wardrobe in the colors and the styles and the fabrics and the prince that you like, and then you want to have. So use those print outs as an assistance to help you start to narrow down what you want in your war drum. If you're so in your wardrobe, look at the back of your pattern envelopes because they have all kinds of information with line art and everything that we need to plan and prepare for our wardrobes. So think about where you want to add ruffles. Where do you want to cut out sleeve, or where do you need to add about and incorporate that into your wardrobe and you will love what you're building? I wish you the best of luck and encourage you toe. Also watch my class on color so that you can learn how to build a color palette for your wardrobe. Thank you very much for watching. 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