Creating my dream handmade capsule wardrobe

I have spent forever looking through my sewing patterns, and at some new ones, trying to plan a capsule wardrobe. I don’t want to create a wardrobe that is season-specific, it doesn’t seem worth it for me. Instead I want pieces that will all work well together in different ways.

This does mean that I possibly need to step away from crazy novelty patterned fabric, or at least just use it for the odd piece here and there. I can live with that though and I’m planning to stick to core colours of navy blue, grey and black. Obviously I’m not going to go mad buying fabric I don’t need, but I’ve looked through the fabric I have at home and none of it is going to be useful. Thankfully it’s all stuff I can use for my daughters; I really regret my previous fabric buying habits of a FQ here and there, with the odd metre thrown in. It’s just not enough to do anything with, so lesson well and truly learned.

Sewing a capsule wardobe

What’s going into my dream capsule wardrobe?

I wanted to share with you the patterns that are currently in the running. Of course, it doesn’t mean I’ll necessarily end up making all of these, but here’s what I’m thinking so far. Do you do that? Make all these lists of what you’re going to sew and then life just gets in the way? Or I get distracted by another project. Just this morning I was talking to my girls about making us Christmas Skater Dresses!

Sewaholic: Granville shirt
Sewaholic Granville Shirt: Capsule wardrobe plans
Image: Sewaholic

As I need to dress smartly for networking events and meetings sometimes now, I think I’d get a lot of use out of a shirt. The shirt I currently have (not handmade) I wear in a few different ways too: under dresses or jumpers, tied up over vest tops or open like a jacket. I like that something like this would be so versatile and I think that it would be a good way to give my outfits a bit of colour too.

Simplicity: 1325
Awesome capsule wardrobe ideas
Image: Simplicity Patterns

I bought this pattern ages ago and so far I’ve only made the top, but I altered it to make a dress. I will definitely make the dress and I’m also tempted by the jacket too. Wouldn’t the jacket look awesome in this bouclé fabric?

Tilly and the Buttons: Marigold jumpsuit
TATB Marigold jumpsuit: Capsule wardrobe plans
Image: Tilly and the Buttons

This is the one thing on my list that I’m not 100% certain on. I need to finish the toile version I’ve started first. If I like it I’ll maybe make a grey one. (At least if I don’t like my toile version I’ve got something new to wear around the house on lazy days). I love how it’s styled with a top underneath in this photo, so if I make a Simplicity 1325 top it would go with this.

Marilla Walker: Maya tunic
Maya dress: Capsule wardrobe plans
Image: Marilla Walker via Etsy

I really like the button down dress version of this and I think it would just go with everything if I made it from this fabric. Have you ever read about The Uniform Project? I think this dress would be as versatile and I’d definitely wear it in lots of different ways. This is the first thing I’m planning to make from this list.

Megan Nielsen: Flint culottes

Image: Megan Nielsen

Aren’t culottes just love them or hate them? Personally I love them, even if they do make me think of the Brownies uniform I once had. I’d love a plain navy or black pair that I could wear with cami tops or with t-shirts. They’d be great for dressing up or down.

Ottobre: Hoodie dress

Image: Ottobre

This just has weekend lounging written all over it. It also has the potential for some screen printing, which I haven’t done for ages! Once I’d seen Tabatha Tweedie’s black version of this I knew I had to make one, I love how cosy it looks.

True Bias: Ogden cami

Image: True Bias

I’ve wanted to make a few of these since I made my last circle skirt, and I think they’d be a great wardrobe staple in different colours. Another one that could be dressed up or down and also worn with a few other things on this list.

What’s in your capsule wardrobe?

There must be a few of you that have made your own capsule wardrobes, or are planning to. What patterns did you choose? If anyone wants to leave me a link to their posts about it, I’d love to read them.



  1. Alison Cupples
    29th September 2017 / 10:27 am

    Great ideas! Looking forward to seeing your new wardrobe!

    • Toria
      29th September 2017 / 5:45 pm

      Thanks 🙂 Now I just need to get started!

  2. 29th September 2017 / 1:15 pm

    I like what you have on your To Sew list. Great pieces that will combine well and wear well.

    • Toria
      29th September 2017 / 5:45 pm

      Thanks Jenya, I just need to make time to get some sewing done now!

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