Sunday, March 15, 2015

Planning My Sewing - Capsule Wardrobe

Does anyone plan their sewing?  Do they just see a pattern they like and jump into a project?  Is anyone else nervous about having a closet so full of clothes it will burst based purely on pattern love alone?

I've had quite the fun weekend of reading (and a little bit of work if I'm honest) and taken a weekend off from sewing.

Alongside this - I've been reading the Wardrobe Architect series on The Coletterie  as they look to pare down the wardrobes and create a set of garments that work as a set to be interchangeable and classic.


That is a word I really want to have define my wardrobe.

So after having a good read of Gok's book - defining some really classic pieces, having a look at my other new books (granted May Martin's is really a book about technique for me) - I'm going to have a good plan on my new wardrobe.

So what have I "narrowed" it down to?

  • 3 Classic White Blouses - 1 normal button up, 1 pussy bow, 1 sleeveless
  • 1 Classic Jean Shirt
  • Cigarette Trousers - 1 dark pair, 1 light coloured pair
  • Jeans - I've always been keen on skinny
  • Cardigan
  • 2 Blazers - 1 Dark/Black, 1 Light/Grey
  • Pencil Skirt
  • Full Skirt
  • Classic Tee
  • Dresses - Fit & Flare Dress, Wrap Dress, Button Down Dress
  • Classic Mac

Not too bad.  Now I need to "plan my sewing".  

Have a close look at what I want in my wardrobe versus the patterns I want/need.

Blouse Patterns

Granville blouse - Classic Button Up - Classic Jean Shirt too (in a lovely Chambray)

Cigarette Trousers

I've already got a great trouser pattern, Burda 7058


Well...come on guys...obvs this is going to be the Ginger Jeans.

Anyone who's looked on pretty much ANY sewing blog has probably seen something about these jeans, or possibly underpants...these things have become SUPER popular.


This may be a  category that remains blank for now - if anyone has any inspiration they want to pass on, I am happy to receive it.  I may also need to pick up my knitting needles/crochet hook and make my own, in a more, knitted/crochet manner.  Or I'll keep my eyes peeled on a lovely cardigan pattern that will make my heart sing.


I've got a couple of options on this one.  Two of my recent Burda magazines have lovely Blazer patterns in them

From the 3/2015 Magazine (though I wouldn't make it in any sort of animal print...)

Plus I've recently made the Cordova Jacket which I think would look good in some plain fabrics.

Pencil Skirt

I would have to be a fool if I didn't plan on making the lace pencil skirt included in the Fashion with Fabric book, wouldn't I?  I is a lovely look!

Full Skirt

Again, I have a few options for this one.  I might make a few plain coloured Delphine skirts, which can be found in Tilly & The Buttons book Love at First Stitch.

The best example is on the front of Tilly's book

I've also picked up The Hollyburn Skirt

Classic Tee

That is a lovely Raglan top, the one I have picked out.  SUPER duper cute.

This, I am imagining will come in one of two forms.

Another pattern that you can't read any blog out there and miss out on is the Linden. Now, I don't own this one yet, but I can see it becoming part of my stash of classic patterns.  It looks super cute.

The other item pattern I can see this being (at the moment), is the Coco Top, again, by Tilly (seriously look at the link, and just TELL me how cute her tops are).  I have 3 dresses in this same pattern (1 has been relegated as I mentioned before) to a "in-house" only category (sooo short, and I accidentally got a few drops of bleach on it..oops) - so really I feel like I have 2 presentable dresses from this pattern.

Anyway, it comes with a SUPER cute option to shorten it.  And shorten it I shall (eventually).


Well - I have a PLETHORA of patterns to choose from in this little category.  I am going to go down the route of a classic wrap dress FO SHO.  I mean, they are beautiful.  They hug a ladies curves, and hello - they are usually made from Jersey, can we say comfortable!

The book my lovely friend M bought for me has a classic wrap dress pattern in it.  Yeah it does.  That would be The Little Black Dress book in the picture above.  Yes please.

I also have a few (3) button down dresses to choose from in my pattern stash.  The one that probably takes top place is the McCalls 7084 Dress (apologies for the TERRIBLE picture I stole off the interwebs).

But what about the fit and flare dress?  Well.  I found a SUPER pattern.  By Sewaholic (again).  But its in knit fabric - again, how comfortable?!

Classic Mac

Undecided if I am going to delve into the waterproof outerwear makers department.  As such, I haven't necessarily kept my eyes open for any particular patterns.  I may need a think on this (or again, inspiration from the masses).

As you can see - I've created quite the list of work for myself.  But in making these things, I do believe I am making to create a beautiful lovely capsule wardrobe, that will remain classic and timeless.  Something I can enjoy for a long while.  And things I would really go out and purchase myself, if I didn't know I had it in me to make them.

I will keep posting as progress, but I think I am going to streamline my makes into making myself a lovely capsule classic wardrobe.

But do tell me, do you have anything that inspires you.  Do you have a driving force for sewing?  Has anyone thought of doing a capsule wardrobe sewn by themselves?  Or have I just been bitten by a Gok Wong/ Spring Cleaning bug?



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