Hey there reader! If you’ve been following me on Instagram you know I came up with a new way to plan my makes for myself. I haven’t decided what to call my planning board yet (we may just call it a planning board lol) but overall I’ve fallen in love with this new way of planning.
I decided to go this route to plan my makes following my current lifestyle changes of slow living and intentional sewing (which I will be sharing more about this upcoming week). All of this fabric is sourced from my stash and the plan is to not buy anymore new fabric. To plan the board, I choose my fabrics first and then print line drawings of the patterns. Then I tape or staple them onto an index card and add the pattern name and details on the back. I wanted to share an in depth look at the things I’ll be making and the fabrics and patterns I’ll be using. Some items are subject to change as I’m making this wardrobe to be fit for most if not all seasons. In any case, thank you for joining me on my journey and indulging me in this process!
ALL YEAR CAPSULE WARDROBE PLANS
Simplicity 9052 Jacket, View A
Navy Wide Wale Corduroy from LA Finch Fabrics (sold out)
I’ve made this jacket before HERE and it is one of my favorite things to wear. Corduroy screams fall and winter for sure, but winter weather sometimes spills over to spring season here so I plan on using this luscious fabric to make a tri-season jacket. As this corduroy is 100% cotton I don’t have to worry about sweating or feeling too hot. I’m opting to skip the hood and do the shorter version (view A). I’ll still add the zipper though because I may change my mind on the hood later and create one with some contrasting fabric
Pearl Grey Coating from Matchpoint Fabric (sold out)
So two jackets in the collection so far. There are two patterns as ideas here for the grey coat because I haven’t fully decided on this one yet and it will probably be decided when winter comes closer. I need to get a better feel of the wardrobe as it’s made but I’m leaning towards the Sapporo coat. I only have two yards and need another one to fully accomplish what I want so I’m thinking of contrasting with a darker wool fabric.
Pipit Loungewear Set by Common Stitch
Fabric : Dusty Rose Linen from Terra Textilia
This full set is going to be a favorite of mine but also out of my comfort zone. I don’t wear pink, I don’t like shorts and dramatic sleeves are not what I automatically lean towards. But honestly these are all of the reasons I’m making this set. A step outside of the comfort zone is always needed when creating a wardrobe in my opinion as the monotony of what you’re used to can prevent you from wearing certain familiar pieces. Switching things up with some surprises never hurt anyone. And beautiful comfy loungewear is something I will not pass up making for myself in the least. I’m also thinking about hand-sewing the full set or just the shorts, I haven’t decided yet.
Simplicity 9114, Pants and Cami
Grey linen from Terra Textilia, and Neutral Linen from Sewing Studio (sold out)
This set is already my favorite and I haven’t even made it yet. This outfit designed by Mimi G Style is one of my favorite sets and I’m looking forward to having a full linen workwear set.
Square Neck Top by Friday Pattern Company
Onlookers Cotton Lawn from Blackbird Fabrics
Let me first start by saying this will not be the first square neck top I end up making. This pattern is a major staple and I look forward to making it in many different fabrics. For this wardrobe though I decided on a fabric that can be dressed up or down with its funky faced design. The grey and dusty pink accents complement other pieces in this wardrobe that makes it the perfect mix and match item.
Calvin Wrap Top By True Bias
Geometric Viscose from Sewing Studio
This fabric and the print speak for itself. The Calvin stuck out to me because it can be worn in spring and summer as a nice dressy top, or layered over a neutral t shirt or long sleeved shirt for colder months. It being viscose also makes it super breathable no matter what season.
Zadie Top (Jumpsuit modified)
Wide Striped Linen Gauze from Blackbird Fabrics
I love the Zadie, it’s an amazing workhorse because of all the ways it can be modified. For this piece I’ll be creating the long sleeved view and modifying it into a wrap top. I have two yards so any extra will probably be turned into a linen scarf to mix and match with some of the other outfits in the collection.
Free Range Slacks by Sew House 7
7oz Heavyweight linen in Ginger from Fabric-Store.com
The wide legged view. More of a practical staple for the collection, but I’m adding some luxury by using a contrasting top stitching. I’ll be hand-sewing these pants as I’ve hand-sewn two others in the past. I’ve already started this pair as it’ll be the longest of the colletion so I’m looking forward to being able to wear them with the other pieces.
Utu Skirt by Named Patterns
7oz Heavyweight Linen in Earth from Fabric-store.com
Because what is a capsule collection without a wrap skirt? This one being linen I feel can be worn in multiple seasons as it will breathe heavenly in spring and summer and can be layered with stockings underneath in the colder months. I think this skirt will pair perfectly with the Zadie wrap top I’ll be making and some other pieces in the collection. With the right brighter colors I feel I could make the color work for the spring and summer despite it being more of a fall vibe.
Self Drafted Grey Body Suit
Cotton Spandex from Etsy
This bodysuit was purely inspiration from my girl Abolaji. I saw her recently and she mentioned this Everlane bodysuit that I had to have. sadly they were sold out of the grey but I decided to go with the light pink one. The fit was a tad off in the crotch and if I’d gotten the size up or down it would’ve been worse so I determined that I should draft my own version. Amazingly I also had some grey cotton spandex in my stash so I’ll be self drafting this body suit and adding some snaps at the bottom. I thought hard about buying the Cottesloe by Megan Nielsen which I may do in the future, but I wanted to try my hand at drafting something myself.
Eilidh Dress by Pipe Dream Patterns
Mustard Rayon Waffle Knit from Sewing Studio
The only dress in the collection. I’m looking forward to it being the stand-alone but being able to layer it over those grey pants, wear it with the grey coat or with the navy corduroy jacket. I think I may be able to wear the Zadie top over it as well but we will see. This is one of my favorite patterns to just be able to throw on. Since it is rayon it will be a perfect dress for all seasons and so will the color. I’m also considering making it a hacked top… But we will see.
Thanks for following along! Can’t wait to share the outfits with you as they get made! Make sure to check out the blog later this upcoming week for more details on my planning process.