Monday, September 8, 2014

sew it all series - japanese sewing book capsule wardrobe

When I started writing this post about capsule wardrobes I could not shake this mental image of very basic, unflattering, all black pregnancy clothes that were sold in sets at JCPenney in the late 90s.  Fortunately maternity clothes have come a long way since then :)  Anyway, for the next two weeks I'm going to focus on building a capsule wardrobe for Mae from patterns found in various Japanese sewing books.  In my mind, a capsule wardrobe consists of neutral (but not just black!) basics that can be easily mixed & matched with each other and with many items sewn in the future.  Most often they are sewn from solid fabrics such as denim or linen, but a simple print can also be used as long as the color is fairly neutral.  Here's a little taste of the navy, grey and gold color scheme that I'm using for Mae's new clothes:


I started by choosing the patterns I wanted to make and then selected fabrics based on those patterns.  I'll share more about each individual project over the next two weeks including reviews of  the sewing books.  But for now, here's a general overview of each project:
  1. Knit Tunic - Birch Organic knit
  2. Basic Pull-on Pants - Robert Kaufman linen blend
  3. Skirt - Indigo stretch denim
  4. Jacket - Robert Kaufman 21 wale corduroy
  5. Dress - Jules & Coco cotton print
  6. Leggings - Cotton/spandex knit
My goal for the next two weeks is to try to create a good foundation to build off of later.  For example, a basic denim skirt is a great neutral and should match most of the tops that I sew for Mae this fall.  And even thought the knit tunic is not necessarily a neutral color, the pattern is fairly subtle in person and should match almost any solid colored bottom that I sew.  The only fabric that I feel is not as neutral or matchy is the cotton print for the dress.  But since the dress does not have to be worn with any of the other items, and might actually be a bit boring in a solid, I chose a print that I liked.  Although I did stay in the same general color family so it can be worn with the leggings or the jacket if I choose to pair them that way later.

I'm excited to share the finished clothes on the blog because I really love them!  Sometimes when I'm done sewing a project all I can do is look at it and wonder what in the world I was thinking, but with all the planning ahead I'm doing this time, I hope to avoid that feeling for a while :)

7 comments :

  1. I've just discovered the capsule wardrobe for myself (and have yet to implement it!) but I never even thought of doing it for my kids! What a great idea! Thanks!

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  2. love your color palette, and with sewing Japanese patterns, you simply can not go wrong! So looking forward to seeing what you will be sharing with us:)

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    1. I agree! Japanese patterns are very well done and a pleasure to sew. I always seem to end up with a well crafted garment when I am done.

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  3. I love your colour scheme! I'm very curious about the result :-)

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    1. Thanks! The color scheme is not exactly what I normally choose, but I'm really enjoying the look of the finished garments :)

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  4. Oh, I just gasped. What a stunning color scheme. I'm completely in love. I love the idea of a capsule wardrobe, I'd never heard the term and it's such a great idea. I think I tend to sew more 'exciting' things because it's fun but I love the idea of versatile basics.

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    1. I am totally guilty of sewing the exciting things too! And that's why I tried to give myself a different focus this fall. When I first started I wasn't sure if I would get tired of it, but I have to admit that it's really satisfying to sew garments that are worn every day :)

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