Sewing a Fall Capsule Wardrobe

Last spring two of my favorite pattern designers, Patterns for Pirates and Made for Mermaids, announced they were hosting a sewalong/contest for sewing a mini capsule wardrobe. I didn’t get my act together on time to participate, so I vowed if they did the contest again in the fall, I wouldn’t miss it! Despite going on vacation right in the middle of the contest, I worked like mad to get it done, and I’m proud to say that I completed TWO capsule wardrobes. (One for each of my twins.)

So what exactly is a “capsule wardrobe?” Basically, its a wardrobe made up of pieces that are easily interchangeable. The ability to mix and match things means you can have less clothing, but more options for creating different outfits. For this mini capsule wardrobe contest, we were challenged to create 9 separate pieces (or in my case 18!) using only patterns from Patterns for Pirates*, Made for Mermaids*, or Cole’s Creations. (These designers are all sisters.) Planning and preparation are key to creating a successful capsule. First, I assessed my fabric stash and patterns I already owned from these companies. I owned enough of the patterns that I didn’t need to buy any more, and I only ordered a couple more yards of fabric to coordinate with fabrics already in my stash. Then I made some very professional drawings with my kids’ crayons mapping out my plans. I ended up changing a couple of the pieces along the way, but for the most part, I followed my guide. I was extremely pleased to end up with 5 tops and 4 bottoms that create 25 different looks for each of my twins.

Capsule wardrobe planning worksheet
The final capsule followed the plans pretty well

For this capsule, I used the Stacey Top, Bonny Leggings, Skipper Skirt/Leggings from Made for Mermaids and the Baby Bear Joggers, Jolly Roger Raglan, Butterfly Cardigan, and Sugar Pie from Patterns for Pirates. (*These are affiliate links. If you use them and purchase anything, you will help support this blog at no extra cost to you.)

I love that my girls will be able to dress themselves this fall, and I know that anything they pick will match. I say fall, but really I mean winter. Let’s be honest, the girls will be in shorts into November with our hot, humid climate in Arkansas. I made the clothes a little big so they’ll have room to grow into them over the next few months.

The miracle in all this, other than the fact that I managed to sew all these in a week, is that my girls were patient enough to be photographed in all the outfit combos! Don’t get me wrong, it got a little painful at the end and there was definitely bribery involved, but they were troopers for the most part. I had so much fun sewing these capsules. Now, I’m feeling inspired to create a mini capsule for myself as well…..

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