Wednesday, May 18, 2016

To capsule or not to capsule....

So I've been dancing around the idea of doing a capsule wardrobe for a few years now, and I think I might finally be ready to take the plunge.  The reason for this is two-fold:

  • I've gotten rid of most of my clothes at this point, so I don't have a lot to work with, and might as well formalize it, and
  • we're replacing our steam heat system in a few weeks with forced air heat and AC, which means I lose part of my closet.  Might as well be smart about it and look on the bright side as it forcing me to think through this whole wardrobe thing intelligently!
I haven't gone shopping in several months, but recently have been trying to fill some holes in my wardrobe in preparation for summer.  I know, I know, I should figure out what exactly my capsule wardrobe should be before buying anything, but I didn't think it through in time. :)  I've purchased a few pairs of floaty rayon shorts, which are super comfy, a little dressy looking, and work well with my more casual work from home time.  

A lot of capsule wardrobe instructions include selecting outfit silhouettes and then filling in pieces from there, but I personally like to select a few key pieces and then make as many outfits as possible.  It's probably takes longer and is a little more organic of a method, but I think it works better for me.  I've pulled together 4 sample outfits using one of the pairs of shorts I got, along with items already in my closet:

The first two are definitely on the casual side of the spectrum, just using simple tees, but the second two can be dressed up for weekends out and about with jewelry and other accessories.  As I work through my capsule wardrobe, I definitely want to add in some color, so there are options for colorful shirts, but I haven't gotten around to pulling in some color yet.

What do you think of this method of capsule creation?  Does it make sense, or am I making life too hard?

Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Going for the nativity shepherd look....

So my Mom has informed me it's been a while since I posted, and Mother knows best, so here I am! :)  I've discovered how much simpler it is to just post a photo to Instagram and not bother with the whole blog thing, but it's hard to get all the details in.  I've been cleaning up my sewing room lately, and trying to wrap up the random half-finished projects scattered around.

This robe is one of those, in that I cut it out maybe a year or so ago, and it sat there gathering dust since then.  The fabric is an unidentified clearance upholstery fabric from JoAnn's, with a nice texture, but it frays like no other.  The pattern is intended for a lightweight cotton, and uses french seams throughout, but there is no way that was going to work with this thicker fabric, so my first step was to serge all the edges.  I sewed it up basically like the pattern instructions (Purl Soho Women's Robe), but I left off the pockets and I sewed the belt ties into the side seams, instead of having it go all the way around the back, and shortened it a bit.  I also changed up the sleeves, because I felt they were a little skinny with my fabric, so I made them shorter and wider than the pattern called for.

Original Pattern

My problems with the robe started with me not thinking through the pattern placement of the stripes, and the vertical stripes really are what give it the shepherd vibe.  I was intending to leave it the longer length, but that was adding to the effect as well, so chop, chop.  My second mistake was not measuring properly when I cut the neckline.  The entire pattern is just a series of rectangles, and you cut a diagonal line across the top of the front rectangles to make the neckline.  I cut it way too wide though, and it sits funny.  Oh well, it's actually fairly well made and comfy, so for an around the house garment, not too bad!

Shepherd Chic