I love planning a capsule wardrobe and I frequently do it in conjunction with the Seamwork Design Your Wardrobe event. If you’ve never done it, it’s a very sequential program that starts with a mood board and ends with a new wardrobe-at least that’s the idea. I have a lot of fun planning and don’t always end up with garments that really work together, but this time I did. I also used The Vivienne Files capsule matrix to help organize the things I really needed to add to work with garments I already owned.
My mood board was put together from pictures I took at our cabin in North Carolina. The fall colors were stunning and I just wanted to wrap myself in my surroundings. Fortunately, I had a lot of garments that already worked and many more fabrics that would coordinate. The problem for me is usually too many ideas instead of not enough.
I laid everything out in a grid and took an overhead picture to see how they worked. I had originally thought most of it would be green and off-white but the clay color ended up dominating. I was surprised by just how much fabric I had that would work with that color. I also had several similar sweaters mostly picked up from Poshmark that worked well as toppers.
Next it was time to get sewing. Almost all of the patterns I chose were ones that I had sewn before so that made it easy to get started. Unfortunately, the one that I hadn’t sewn before was a big fat fail!
Here are the successes:
Two pieces are notably absent from the collection, the Free Range Pants in the rust color, which I never got around to making, and the Grainline Studios Hadley, which was the one big, fat, fail. It looked beautiful but was absolutely huge! I knew that it was going to be a deep V-neck but I had no idea that I’d be swimming in it. Too bad because it was lovely fabric.
I’m currently working on my Spring 2021 capsule so stay tuned…