The Wardrobe Architect Week 9 - The Capsule Wardrobe

Wow, we're on week 9 of Colette Patterns Wardrobe Architect series already!  The time has flown, and so far I think this exercise has been really beneficial for me. 

Of course, I'm sure at some stage I'm going to be distracted by a pattern or fabric (or RTW garment) just because it's gorgeous, but having participated in the series so far I think I'm now able to make better choices.  I can identify things I love and actually want to wear, as opposed to just things I think are lovely.

Sarah Liz paid me a lovely compliment about the peplum top I posted at the weekend, saying "This top looks so right on you Sam -pattern, colour, style, everything."  Thank you Sarah Liz, your comment made my day!

So, on to this weeks exercise, which is going to be a fun one, to build a capsule wardrobe.   I'm sure you've all heard of capsule wardrobes, some of you may even have one!  I envy you if you do - I have always loved the idea of a capsule wardrobe, but having made some quite eclectic choices with my fabric and clothing purchases, what I actually have is a wardrobe of things that don't mix and match very well.  Time to change that!

The exercise set this week is to review the silhouettes we created a few weeks ago and choose one or more to make the basis of our Spring wardrobe.

I identified 5 silhouettes back in February, and have decided to use the two below as the basis for my Spring wardrobe. 

Surprisingly, you'll see I've gone for separates rather than dresses.  However much I love dresses, separates suit my lifestyle much more, so I'm going to make a concerted effort to include more in my wardrobe. 

I'm planning on making a red maxi skirt to go with the many nautical striped jersey tops already in my wardrobe, and I have plans for one or two pairs of trousers/jeans as well.  In fact I'm about to cut out my first pair of Jamie jeans!

I have several pieces of fabric that will make little sleeveless tops (don't we all!).  What I'd really like is a sewing pattern for a draped cardi similar to the one I've pictured above.  I know I could knit one, but I like them to be quite lightweight, and I don't relish the idea of all that plain stocking stitch with fine yarn on little needles!

Have you ever tried to create a capsule wardrobe?  Any tips you'd like to share?


  1. good choices! do you have the Cake Pavlova pattern? sure steph posted a hack of it to make it a waterfall cardie but i can't find it on the site now, just this mention of lengthening it, taking off the ties and the "muffin cover "

    1. I'll have to have a look at that pattern and hack for lengthening it. Thanks very much.

  2. I like your plans, very smart. I've not seen a cardi pattern exactly like that, will keep my eyes open :)

  3. Can't wait to see your jamie jeans. I really want to make some but am too scared. I am sure vogue has a pattern for a cardi/ jacket like that.

  4. Simplicity 1773 is almost there with the cardi. More shawl than flounce.
    Kwik Sew 3721 is closer in the front but doesn't have the high-low hem.
    Butterick 5793 is realllly close but it comes down longer in front vs in back.

    Love your capsule. I really need to create some summer separates so I don't end up wearing the same pair of shorts all summer like last year :)

  5. Imagine Gnat's made a waterfallish cardigan. I think it's called the Meridan? or something like that. Lovely silhouettes! Good luck on your plans!

    1. I'll have a look at that, thanks very much.


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