Sewing an autumn/winter Capsule Wardrobe

Now the weather has changed, my thoughts have turned towards creating a capsule wardrobe for autumn and winter. Actually,  this isn’t quite true, I’m always thinking about my autumn wardrobe and summer was a bit of a no show here.

Autumn/Winter capsule wardrobe planning

I want to sew as much of my clothing as possible, so I’ve been obsessively poring over sewing patterns. I’m also thinking more about clothes I need versus clothes I want. As much as I could happily live in Sewaholic Cambie dresses, it’s sadly not practical.

Planning a capsule wardrobe

Planning a handmade capsule wardrobe

For me, the purpose of a capsule wardrobe is to have a limited number of pieces that can be worn together in a variety of ways. This means that the colours and styles need to complement each other. For someone that tends to prefer being drenched in colour and pattern, this may prove a little tricky!

The first step to planning a capsule wardrobe that will work for you, is to have a think about what clothes you need for your lifestyle. I spend the majority of my week working from home, but I do have networking events to attend from time to time. My weekends are spent with my girls, usually being fairly active. I rarely go out in the evenings and I’ve also started going to the gym. Oh, and I don’t wear jeans.

The second step is to take stock of what is already in your wardrobe and pay attention to the pieces you wear the most often. This part is fairly easy; as I said previously my wardrobe is sadly lacking in choice right now. I definitely find myself reaching for the same couple of things repeatedly. I’m also very aware that I have a real lack of versatile footwear that I need to consider.

A Seasonal capsule wardrobe?

Despite the title of this blog post, I don’t think having a seasonal wardrobe is the thing to do. At least for me. For starters I am never going to pack things away and get them out for the appropriate season. Also we don’t really have clear defined seasons so much any more (thanks climate change!). In the UK we’ve had rain all summer, snow in May and hot days in January, it’s crazy.

Personally I think the beauty of a capsule wardrobe is that it all works together, especially in terms of layering, therefore I don’t think there’s a need to have separate wardrobes. In winter I can still wear my summer dresses, just with layers.

What’s in my capsule wardrobe?

What's in my capsule wardrobe?

I’m going to keep you guessing on this until my next blog post! I’m going to do a round up of all of the sewing I’m planning. As I’ve decided against a seasonal wardrobe, putting together a capsule wardrobe is more of a long term goal.

Do you have a capsule wardrobe? If you’ve written about it, send me a link, I’d love to have a look 🙂


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