Tuesday, December 26, 2017

Fall/Winter Capsule Wardrobe

Hello everyone!

I hope you enjoyed your holiday!  I happily ate quite a bit of food, and indulged in time with family members that I don't get to see often.  It has been one of the most relaxing, amazing times that I have had in a while, so I am grateful for that. Also, thank you for the kind comments on my first jacket in the last post!  I was truly overwhelmed, and appreciate all your thoughtfulness.

I have finally finished the projects on my plate, and it is time to turn my attention to what I REALLY want to do--make a Fall/Winter Capsule Wardrobe!!

My capsule will consist of 10 pieces that I may or may not sew multiples of.  I expect to take the next two months and work on everything to completion.  Hopefully, that will take me nicely into the beginning of the year, with enough time to consider the pieces I will sew for spring.  Also, I will be using a couple of pieces from my closet that I have already purchased--namely a white button down shirt, and my black leggings.

Thanks to Ann at Sew Baby News, I discovered a color palette website to help direct me in choosing my capsule colors.  Here is what I chose:

I will be using this palette as a guideline, and not a strict set of rules.  I want a set of colors that work together in harmony, yet still evoke this time of year.  I don't plan on veering off (ha, ha) but will closely stay with warmer tones.

Are you ready to see my choices???

It breaks down to:
  • 1 Dress
  • 1 Tunic
  • 2 Pants
  • 1 Blazer
  • 1 Vest
  • 1 Blouse
  • 3 Tops (1 basic, 1 peplum, 1 wrap)

Let me start with one of my most popular picks!  The Sewaholic Renfrew!  I have had this pattern for a little over a year, and I am so ready to crack it open and sew it.  I love the V-neck, but will do long sleeves.  Also, I may try the cowl neck too.

Next up is another popular-to-sew pattern: the Moneta dress!  I really wanted something to wear over leggings, and since I already have access to this pattern through my Seamworks subscription, I jumped on the chance to add it to my list.  I think I may copy the dress on the model and make one in mustard.

This blazer has been on my list for a while too!  I just love the lapels, AND the fact that it is from Burda.  Also, this will be an opportunity for me to finish my first blazer.  I am a little nervous about the fact that this is a Burda Young pattern, and it may need more finessing for fit.  I am not sure if their "Young" version has a narrower cut, so I may have to muslin this one first to get the bare bones of it.

I had to try my hand at another Burda pattern once I found an adorable tie blouse in the 08/2009 issue of my Burda magazine.  The picture above closely resembles the version I saw, and it is rated for an intermediate sewist.  I love that the tie blouse is so feminine and classy.

Do you see what I see?  A pair of pants! I am finally going to try my hand at pants again.  These slim cigarette trousers by Love Notions patterns are a good one to start with.  If I can figure out a good fit,  I will definitely sew more than one pair of these.

My next choice is the Burda 6838 Wrap Top.  I caught this one on sale a week or so ago, and immediately put it into my sewing plans!  I just knew I wanted to make it due to the design and style of it.  It is so ME, lol!  

This next tunic is a pattern I have in my stash.  I got it as a free gift from an overseas sewing magazine, and I am a bit apprehensive about the fit.  I used this pattern company before for the dress I was sewing for my brother's wedding, and I had a lot more fit issues than I've had with other patterns. So, I will give this a try, but will surely switch out for another pattern if this one doesn't work out.

This pattern was just released by Love Notions and I will be sewing the version with the pockets outlined in bias binding. I LOVE seeing this style in the Fall/Winter season, and  already have an olive green vest in my closet.  I still need to source fabric for it, but can't wait to use it as an accent to clothing I already have!  

It's another Love Notions pattern!  This is one I planned to do, but got sidetracked.  I haven't figured out which view I like yet, but I am leaning toward the princess seams with a gathered peplum.    Thinking about my closet, I don't own any peplums, but I do like the style.

Lastly, I really NEED dress pants!  I mean, I haven't bought a pair in years.  Since becoming a stay-at-home mom, I really haven't had much use for them.  However, who says being a stay-at-home mom means you can't dress up?  I love going to the grocery store and having someone ask me where I work, lol!  Besides, sometimes I dress up because it feels good, and each new day is a gift that I will cherish.  So, these pants are on the list!

Here are the fabrics I have pulled:

I still need more fabrics to complete my capsule, but these will get me going.  I haven't decided what I will start on first, but it's going to be SO much fun figuring it all out!  Lately I have been sewing up to two projects at a time, depending on whether or not they are easy or hard.  I will definitely check in on a weekly basis and let you know how things are coming along.

Also, you can always follow me on Instagram, where I post things I am doing more frequently.

In the meantime, I plan on posting about my pattern testing experience on Friday!  Here is a sneak peek of the dress in case you didn't see it a few posts ago:

Stay sew-filled!


  1. I like your capsule wardrobe plan; you've selected a lot of great patterns. I've been dying to make a tie front blouse and some dress pants, so I can't wait to see how yours turn out. I also have S8056 but I still haven't tried it.

  2. Excited about your upcoming projects! I love the Renfrew dress. Yay!


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