I had so much fun creating my summer collection. I’m definitely a capsule wardrobe convert. However, unlike my summer collection, which seemed to fall into place almost on it’s own, my fall capsule plans took a lot more consideration. After quite a bit of deliberation, I settled on 8 projects to tackle over the next three months and I’m so excited.
Wait, a dress? Not quite. I’m planning to hack off the lower skirt to make a top. The Designer Stitch KeeLin Dress comes with a peplum top version, but I prefer a more tuck-in-able blouse. Last winter I made a toile version where I cut the dress at the hip line. It turned out so lovely. Other than needing a little more length, it’s good to go. I bought three meters of this linen-look viscose, and used some of it to make my Reversible Ogden Cami so there’s just enough left to eek out a long sleeve blouse. I love the look of this fabric but it’s a bit of a nightmare to work with. I don’t anticipate this being a fun sew, but I’m excited to have such a versatile top in my wardrobe.
I guess making blouses from shift dresses is my new thing. I made the Alice & Co Mary Quant dress last month and I’ve since decided I need a blouse version. It’s a free pattern put out by the V&A Museum and Alice & Co. Patterns in celebration of the Mary Quant exhibit earlier this year. I have some fitting tweaks to make, but I think it’ll be pretty manageable. I haven’t decided if I’m going to do another bow tie or if I’m going to branch out and make a collared version. I’m excited about using this pewter viscose twill. It’s such a unique color that will still match most of my wardrobe.
I have fallen head over heels for the Friday Pattern Company Wilder! I wasn’t all that into it when it came out because the tiered gown was so heavily featured. Once the other versions included in the pattern, I had to try it. I made a glorious dress version with a sleeve hack earlier this month that I can’t wait to replicate as a top in this fine, silky viscose remnant from my stash.
I bought this chambray early this summer with the intention of making a vintage blouse. But when the Helen’s Closet Gilbert top came on the scene, I couldn’t get this combination out of my mind! After two months, I finally gave in and bought the pattern. I’m planning on making the short sleeved, tie front version for an all-seasons wardrobe staple.
I’m so excited to have a second version of tapered Sew House Seven Free Range Slacks! My first pair was a linen viscose blend and this pair will also be a blend. This time the fabric blend is half cotton and then equal parts linen and viscose with a smidgen of elastane. Given the stretch, I’m gonna size down. I also don’t always like how casual a full elastic waist looks, so I’m planning to make a little belt to lie flat over the waist. I just haven’t decided if it’ll be a tie belt or if I’ll do belt loops and a D-ring.
I’m crazy about this fabric and this color. I’ve been thinking to myself “how can I wear this fabric as much as humanly possible?” By making it into a jacket, of course! Now, I’ve never made a jacket before, so I looked for a pattern that’s really beginner-friendly. The Pona Jacket by Helen’s Closet claims to be just that. With it’s dropped shoulder and wide facing, I think it’s perfect for my first foray into outerwear. This linen and cotton mix will hold it’s structure nicely for the cropped version.
The newly released Dulcie Pinafore from Jennifer Lauren Handmade is the pinafore I’ve been waiting for! It checks all my boxes. Can be worn alone or as a layering piece? Vintage inspired silhouette? Still modern? Check, check, check! Plus all the necessities like bust cup options and pockets. A total winner. I have some stretch denim that’s been lingering in my stash for ages and I think it’s time to use it up!
I’m so excited for this last project! The Forget-Me-Not Valerie dress is the perfect canvas to show off this beautiful leopard print viscose twill. I’ve been dreaming about this combination for almost a year – ever since I made this version during pattern testing. Shortly after, my mother-in-law and I were at our local market when she saw this fabric. She said I absolutely had to have it! There was only 2.3 meters left which should be just enough to squeeze this dress out of it. A year after being gifted this fabric, I’m so excited to finally use it!
Eight projects is pretty ambitious and it’s not even everything I want to make right now. Though I likely won’t get all these projects made this season, I still love sharing my planning process. Stay tuned into my Wardrobe page as I check off these projects. Thanks for reading and happy sewing!