|HotPatterns Spring 2014 capsule wardrobe|
Usually, I like the idea of capsule or "mini" wardrobes far more than I think that said wardrobe would actually work with my lifestyle (casual office/mom-on-the-go), but this one differs to me for several reasons:
- This capsule pretty much nails how I typically dress and would include a number of garments to address holes in my current wardrobe.
- Many of the pieces are neutral, so I can start wearing them as soon as I sew them without having to wait to sew up a companion/coordinating piece.
- I already own all of the patterns on this list or have a reasonable substitute in my stash.
- I already own fabric in my stash that can be used to make every garment on this list.
- Of the 12 patterns (or my substitutes), 9 come from my Stash Candidates List.
Shall we take a closer look at the 12 garments in the capsule wardrobe list?
|#||Garment||Suggested pattern||My interpretation|
|1||Shapely denim shirt||HP P&S Princess-seamed shirt||I'm not a fan of denim shirts--too many memories of friends working at Blockbuster in the 90's. I will substitute another neutral woven blouse for this, using either the P&S Superfantastic shirt or the Riviera Montserrat blouse, probably in white cotton shirting.|
|2||Slouchy striped t-shirt||HP Weekender Breton T||I just completed a semi-fitted striped t-shirt using the SBCC Tonic t-shirt pattern. I think this top nicely captures the spirit of the HP suggestion.|
|3||Fitted white t-shirt||HP P&S Fitted t-shirt redux||I'll either give the suggested pattern a try or will make the SBCC Tonic t-shirt pattern again using a white rayon t-shirt jersey.|
|4||Relaxed gray t-shirt||HP P&S Relaxed t-shirts||Most of my gray t-shirt fabric in my stash is already slated to become t-shirts for my husband. I may choose another color for this one. For the pattern, I'll either give the suggested pattern a try, or will go ahead and use the SBCC Tonic t-shirt pattern again.|
|5||White jeans||HP Classix Nouveau Dressy Jean||I won't do white jeans. They still scream 80's to me, and I'm not slim or young enough to wear them. For this item, I'm leaning towards swapping in a pair of HP Classix Nouveau Dolce Vita slim cut pants in a stone color or maybe black.|
|6||Fun color jeans or pants||Classix Nouveau Dolce Vita slim cut pants||I have a nice length of brick red stretch denim in my stash. It's still a fun color, but doesn't scream that you have to be under 30 to wear it. I'm thinking of going with either the HP Classix Nouveau Dressy Jean or the HP Weekender Boyfriend Jean for the pattern.|
|7||Boyfriend jeans||HP Weekender Boyfriend Jean||I have plenty of denim in my stash in varying blue dyes. I'll choose one of them to go with the suggested HP Weekender Boyfriend Jean pattern.|
|8||Slim denim skirt||HP P&S Slouchy Fly Front Skirt||Based on the line drawings, I think that the Cake Hummingbird skirt is probably better suited to my figure. I'll be making that in denim from my stash.|
|9||Fun print top or blouse||HP Classix Nouveau Scarf Shirt||I'll be using the suggested HP Classix Nouveau Scarf Shirt pattern for this garment. I haven't decided on which stash fabric to pair with it yet.|
|10||Solid t-shirt dress||HP P&S Relaxed t-shirts||I don't see a lengthened relaxed t-shirt being the best choice for my figure, but I get and like the idea of this entry. I think that the HP P&S Essential Shift Dress in a nice ponte knit from my stash will be a suitable replacement.|
|11||Black crop or moto jacket||HP Metropolitan Agostini Moto jacket or HP Riviera Blvd Cardigan Jacket||I made a version of the HP Riviera Blvd Cardigan jacket a while back and liked it, but I'm leaning towards the HP Metropolitan Agostini Moto jacket on this one. For either jacket, I'll be using a black ponte knit from my stash (thank you FabricMart). I've been wanting to make a moto jacket for a while, and the Agostini has the added benefit of paneled seams and not being double-breasted.|
|12||Belted gray cardigan/jacket||HP Fast & Fabulous Four Seasons Kimono Jacket||I've already started this one. I'm using the suggested HP Fast & Fabulous Four Seasons Kimono Jacket pattern and making it up in a firm wool sweater knit.|