Fall 2020 Capsule Wardrobe

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 reflects the colors I wanted to use as well as the surroundings in which I would wear the clothing.

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:

Helen’s Closet Ashton Top in a remnant of Rifle Paper Co. cotton.and Love Notion’s Allegro linen pants with elastic waist. The sweater is Anthropologie by way of Poshmark
Love Notions Glissando button front trousers (Originally planned as Dawn jeans)
Tabor t-shirt and Free Range Slacks, both from Sew House 7
Sointu Tee from Named and Ginger Jeans from Closet Case Patterns
Love Notion’s s Melody Dolman hacked to dress length
The same dress works well for some fall layering.
Instead of the Mandy Boat Tee that I had originally planned for this fabric I decided to try a the hack of the Tacara dress that comes as a member bonus. I quite like the top however, the two layers in the back add weight and really pull the top backward. As someone who frequently needs a forward shoulder adjustment anyway, this really didn’t work for me. I like it enough to try again, though and make the (significant) alteration.
Here’s the collection all together with a few extra pieces I had that work with the core group. I really wore (almost all) of the pieces through out the fall.
This outfit, by far, got the most wearing—comfy, cool, and easy!

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…

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