These may not be the final patterns, but they at least represent the direction I want to go in. The rules this year require us to make two mini collections connected by a bridging garment. I have decided to make a plainer or day collection and a dressier or night collection, the idea being that by adding say a top from the dressy side to a bottom from the plain side, an outfit can go from work to dinner etc. My bridging garment will most likely be a dressy trench. The picture in the middle is an inspiration (I think it was Cue) that I have wanted to knock off for at least 3 years (and I have the fabric).
The left side is the plain side and I intend to make
2 x tops
2 x bottoms
1 x dress
These will all be a plain colour and will have a slight late 50's/early 60's feel to it. This picture of Stockard Channing is inspiration and I've wanted to replicate this look for years. I love the slim skirt and the fitted blouse with it's cute turned up collar. I'm on the hunt for a good pattern for side zip pedal pushers, if you happen to see one around.
The dressy side will be more simple patterns and this is where I will have more fun. I have a hankering for some mini sequins, perhaps in a tunic top but I don't know if that will work. The sorts of patterns I have in mind on this side also lean more towards the early 60's.
I have time to toss this around and get it right, so there will be other incarnations of this plan but at least I've started.