- A garment that goes beyond the simple, solid colors, materials, or construction of basic garments.
- Any garment that can anchor multiple outfits as the focal point.
- Often a garment upon which you can layer other things.
The first criterion is the basic standard & can be paired with any of the others. For example, a solid colored t-shirt made in a pattern that emphasizes the seam lines of the segmented bodice would be a foundation garment based on the first criterion. A simply constructed dress in a standout, patterned fabric that can easily be paired with other things in your wardrobe to make multiple outfits is a foundation garment because it meets all of the criteria. But a simply constructed & solid black camisole? Not a foundation garment. That’s a basic.
Will You Play Along?
If you’re interested in updating your wardrobe, will you play along with me? The main rule is that whatever you make has to be a foundation garment for you. What one person defines as going beyond the simple cut or color of a basic garment depends on their own closet & sewing experience. As for numbers, you need to make at least one, but more would be ideal. If your schedule allows, don’t just make a single garment, try to make a foundation for your entire wardrobe. Finally, finish your garments by the end of December so you can begin the new year headed in the right direction.
A good way to start is to assess your wardrobe, see what holes you have, then decide how you want to fill them. Questions to ask yourself include:
- What kind of a life do I lead & what kind of a life do I want?
- How can I make my wardrobe reflect the life I want? See this post for ideas on how to achieve this.
- What in my closet is old & needs updating?
- Do I lack any basic garments like a good blouse or princess seamed dress?
- What have I been dying to sew?
- What sorts of things make me happy when I wear them? Read this other post for more on this topic.
Now you’ve found your wardrobe holes, go down the list of things you’d like to make & think of ways to make those items more special. Perhaps you find that you lack a basic shift dress. But how can you make it a foundation garment? Look for a pattern that has interesting seam lines & that can be easily layered with a few jackets or sweaters you already own. Next, pick fabric in a bold color &/or a luxurious fiber like a silk & linen blend.
This challenge is all about making things you will love & wear on a regular basis. The goal is to help form the foundation of your wardrobe.
Let me know if you’re keen on participating! If people are willing to hop along with me I’ll figure out how to make that little image up top into a blog button. Or maybe you can help me think of a better button design.