Hello, dear readers! Today I am bringing you the first installment of my 6 part Autumn capsule wardrobe. I thought I would start off by just going through my process: how I decided on my color palate, how I decided on my pieces, and what I would change going forward.
First, I wanted to use fabrics primarily from my stash (I've been working really hard on this goal all year!). Luckily for me, the fabrics I am most drawn to, are all in a similar color palate, so I had a nice selection from which to choose. However, I wanted to narrow this mini capsule down to 2 neutrals and 3 accent colors. There are many ways one can go about picking a color palate. I would suggest always starting with a couple of neutrals. This narrows the playing field considerably and most of us know which neutrals we prefer. Also, remember that this is just a mini capsule. There are other neutrals that reside in my closet that I wear regularly, but for this capsule I went with navy and camel:
Next, I wanted to decide on 3 accent colors. There are many ways to decide on accent colors as well. One could look at home décor or fashion magazines and pick out what designers have paired with their chosen neutrals. One could also look at current fashions in the mall or even reoccurring colors in your current closet. For my mini capsule, I picked a printed fabric that I wanted to use and pulled my accents from there. In this case, I used a phenomenal Liberty Tana Lawn that had been in my stash.
From this busy print, I pulled out a raspberry, light pink and teal to round out my colors:
Here are all 5 together. Because I was pleased with this combination, I decided to move forward and decide on my patterns.
This was the hardest part for me. I work from home and meet with clients some days, but other days I am sewing all day and want to be comfortable without looking sloppy. I finally decided on doing:
- 3 Bottoms
- 2 Jackets
- 2 Dresses
- 4 Tops
- 2 Completer Pieces
I felt this would give me a good range for my range of daily activities. However, now that I have been wearing this capsule for a bit, I think I would change this a bit for my winter wardrobe. I'm finding that I really spend most of days in pants and trousers due to the cold. Going forward, I would remove a dress and a woven top add at least two more knit tops.
After much consideration, here are the patterns I finally decided upon for this capsule:
Bottoms: 2 pairs jeans - one skinny legged and one flared. 1 pair of camel cigarette pants.
Jackets: A wool moto jacket and a corduroy jean jacket
Dresses: A comfortable knit sweater dress and a 70's style dress with statement sleeves
Tops: A printed button down, a woven t-shirt, an interesting knit top/sweater, and a layering knit t-shirt
Completer Pieces: a longer knit cardigan and a self drafted blazer (I've been wanting to do one of these forever and finally had the time this summer!)
I will go over each of these categories with an entire post dedicated to the blazer since it's so involved.
Stay Tuned for part 2!