This autumn, whilst I was changing over my clothes from summer to winter, I decided to give my wardrobe and future sewing plans a complete overhaul. My life has changed considerably in 2020 (as has everyone else’s I’m sure!) and I soon realised that the clothes I wore this time last year are not necessarily the clothes I want to wear right now. Plus, I want to be more mindful of my fabric consumption. So, going forward, anything I make needs to go with lots of other existing garments to ensure it gets worn. With that in mind, I decided to create a capsule wardrobe. (Note: I’m not saying my entire wardrobe is 100% interchangeable but my goal is for as much of it to work together as possible!)
My favourite outfits feature various shades of the 3 primary colours; red, pink, yellow, mustard, navy, light blue and turquoise. So it was an obvious choice to base my capsule around this colour scheme.
My first two new makes for my capsule wardrobe are made from gifted fabrics from Felicity Fabrics, so let me tell you about them…The first fabric I chose was the gorgeous red viscose linen, which is soooooo nice to sew with! It has the look, weight and texture of linen but doesn’t crease very much (hooray!) and it also has a lovely drape. So, it made sense to make a simple blouse to wear with trousers and skirts. I chose the Simple Sew Juliette blouse. However, I didn’t add the ties as I wanted to be able to tuck it into skirts if I wished.
For my second garment, I chose the most buttery soft needlecord I have ever encountered! Its absolutely delicious! Plus, it has a small amount of stretch! This was just screaming to be turned into a pair of comfy trousers! I decided to go for the Eve pants by Merchant & Mills. They are a simple tapered style with a side zip, so they seemed like they would be perfect for mixing and matching with lots of things in my wardrobe.
The Juliette top was so simple to make! (well it IS a Simple Sew pattern! Haha!) No darts or buttons or anything! Just a front and back plus facings. Easy peasy! It can be made as a tunic, dress or top. I went with hip length, so that I could wear it tucked or untucked. Then on to the trousers! Whilst more advanced than the Juliette blouse, this pattern is very straightforward. The most complicated process is installing the zip but even then, the instructions explain all the steps really well. It was my first Merchant & Mills pattern but it definitely won’t be my last!
Both these garments are super duper comfy! I am so very pleased with both of them! I love wearing them together but they also go with lots of other things in my capsule wardrobe. You can see some of those other garments in the photos here, to show how versatile these fabrics and styles are. But, if you would like more details on the clothes in my capsule wardrobe, as well as some future plans I have, then please head over to my YouTube channel (Rosysewsmodernvintage) for a vlog all about it! You can find a link to my YouTube channel in my Instagram bio.
Well thank you so much for reading all about my new makes! Please tag me on Instagram if you post any pictures of you wearing things inspired by my blog…I would love to see them!