My Thoughts On Making A DIY Capsule Wardrobe

Reversible Jacket

The idea of making a diy capsule wardrobe has been something I have wanted to do for a long time. Over the years I have made clothing pieces, but I have never tried making a complete wardrobe. In preparation for this project I purged my existing wardrobe. I have also limited my new purchases to a few new sweaters and shoes.

I do not like having tons of clothing that never get worn. The idea of a small selection of loved pieces that work well together is very appealing to me. In an effort to be more sustainable, I have done some research on how to create a sustainable wardrobe versus supporting fast fashion. One of the steps I can take towards sustainability is to make what I wear, and repair and refresh existing items that I love. I am inspired by all the amazing fabric in my stash, and the gorgeous fabrics I want to purchase. The goal however, is to start with materials I already own and limit my additional purchases to sustainable, thrifted or eco-friendly materials.

My Current Wardrobe Situation

My current wardrobe situation is quite dismal as many of the items in my wardrobe have been worn to death or are too small. I do no like shopping and I really hate having items that just sit in my closet. For several years I have been unable to find garments I really love or ones that fit well. My goal is to create a diy capsule wardrobe that reflect my personal style and is tailored to my body measurements. I am passionate about handmade and sustainable textiles and I will like my wardrobe to support my values around these issue. My current wardrobe has pieces made of cotton, bamboo, linen, silk and wool blends. Not every project I make will be 100% eco-friendly; but my goal is to be mindful of the materials I use and to limit my negative impact on the environment.

The Plan

I will be making some new clothing and accessory pieces, refurbishing some of my favourite items and purchasing a limited number of items to add to my collection. My goal is to make a maximum of 45 pieces (including accessories). These pieces will work together to create a wardrobe that is cohesive, layered and will transition well into each season. Some of the pieces will be shared as a sew-along, while others will be shared as a pattern review. I will also share some diy jewellery and fashion accessories projects.

I am sharing my journey with the hope that it will keep me on track, and will inspire others to try making their own clothing. Continue to visit this blog for ongoing post. I am also sharing my process via Instagram @craftedspaces and invite you to join me on my account. You are also welcome to share your sewing journey and any thoughts you have on the projects I am making.

 


RESOURCES

DIY Capsule Wardrobe Sew-Along
Ten Steps to Getting Started with Your DIY Capsule Wardrobe
How to Take Body Measurements for Sewing
Why You Should Make A Toile Or Muslin
Sewing Knits Without A Serger

PATTERNS

Burda 6573 – Sewing Pattern Review  – High-Waisted Pants

 

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