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Sewing in April: Capsule Basics

By: Mary Reed Published: 04/04/2020 Categories: Planning, Wardrobe, SewDoIt

To capsule, or not to capsule, that is the question. Capsule wardrobes are such a trendy topic because the highlight the versatility of simple wardrobe staples. However, just because it’s effective, doesn’t mean you have to do it. And, just as much, you might want to do a small capsule and then the rest of your wardrobe not at all. Any of these options is right, if it builds a closet of clothes that you pull from and wear.

If you haven’t heard about a capsule wardrobe, it’s a simple selection, usually around 10 items, of quality, basic items that can be mixed and matched with each other and dress up/down with accessories. The idea is to have go-to items that are timeless classics that we can always feel put together in.

Most of us have more than that in our closet and that’s okay. Instead of worrying about putting together a capsule wardrobe as defined, think about it more in terms of a core look. We all get dressed everyday (okay, most of us… ;) ). While some of us wear a variety of types of clothing in a plethora of styles, most of us have our favorite items or styles that we pull from most days.

I tend to go towards jeans or maxi skirt with a comfortable but nice knit top. If you were to pick a random selection of days in the last year or so and look at what I wore, this would be most likely what I was wearing. If I were to design a wardrobe with sheath dresses and high-heeled pumps, I probably would be disappointed by how many times that got worn, even if I loved every item in the collection.

When we’re thinking about an intentional wardrobe, we’re really saying, “Okay, be honest, what are you actually going to wear? What is going to make you feel confident at work and comfortable on the weekends?” Once we look at that list for ourselves, we can then find styles and looks that we can go to everyday.

Of course, variety is the spice of life, as they say. Don’t underestimate the power of a really fun piece in your closet, or an occasional, dressed up look on days when you want to take over the world. There’s no rule that says what you sew has to be practical and simple.

The point of this exercise is to ask yourself, “Will this style get worn in the way I think it will and will it bring me joy?” If the answer is yes to those questions, sew it up!

Next up, we’re going to talk about fabric and patterns to help us find our next projects.

Onward and #sewdoit!

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