Thursday, July 17, 2014

Mini-Wardrobe Progress: Week 2

We're just past the halfway point of the month of July, and I am just over halfway finished with my 5-piece mini-wardrobe for the Mini-Wardrobe Contest on Pattern Review:

Mini-wardrobe status as of July 17th
I've completed 3 out of the 5 planned pieces so far:
  • White hoodie (HP Weekender Daytona Hoodie)
  • Striped maxi-skirt (McCall's 6966)
  • Solid blue knit dress (Colette Moneta)
I just finished the Moneta and haven't been able to take pictures yet. I did get my husband to take a few photos of my hoodie and maxi-skirt look a few days ago:

Hoodie + maxi-skirt
The skirt was a royal pain to cut out and sew, but I'll save the details about that for another post. I do love the finished skirt, though, and while I have no intention of sewing this view of this skirt again, I would like to add at least one more knit maxi-skirt to my wardrobe.

Here's the back view (with toddler photobomb):

It was 90 degrees out that day; Eva is the one dressed appropriately, not me.
Now, if you've followed my mini-wardrobe progress, you might have noticed a change in plans regarding my remaining two garments. First off, as I sort of expected, there's no way that I'll have time to properly muslin and do fitting justice for those ikat print pants/jeans that I wanted to make. I'm swapping them out with a set of rayon challis track pants. The look will still be very much on-trend for this summer, but will be a heck of a lot easier to fit and sew. I've got two cuts of rayon challis on the way from FabricMart (ordered over the weekend where everything was 40% off--these were $2.99/yard, I think). My options are either the gray-and-black rose print or the silver-and-black dots print. From the photos, I think that the "dots" print is more of what I'm looking for, but the fabric description contains "Small Dot Pattern with some Glitter," which has me worried that this fabric won't be suitable for anything other than a muslin. I think that the rose print makes a suitable backup.

The other change is that I just wasn't feeling a gray knit top (probably the HP La Strada) as part of this wardrobe. I have a shirting-weight coral cotton pique in my stash, and I'm thinking that I'd rather make the SBCC Minosa top to go with the trackpants and maxi-skirt. I've been wanting to make the Mimosa for a while and kept getting distracted by other projects, but now I think I'm finally going to do it.

Have you done a mini- or capsule wardrobe before? Did you find that you kept changing your mind about what you wanted to sew, or did you come up with a plan and stick to it?


  1. It might have been a pain to cut and sew but the skirt looks fab. As does the hoodie. Great outfit and yes - I do change my mind all of the time. I have the attention span of a goldfish.

  2. Love love love that skirt! It was worth the fuss! I also tend to change my mind, mostly because I get carried away with new patterns and fabrics...

  3. I love the skirt! I've had plans to sew a similar maxi dress but due to the pain of cutting out all the pieces in all the directions I haven't managed the time. Yours looks awesome! The hoodie is also fantastic. Love the look!

  4. I change my mind in mid thought lol. The skirt looks lovely, and that little scrunched up smiley face is just adorable!

  5. That is a great outfit! Love the skirt and the hoodie. I admire people who can wear white. I always seem to end up with something on me if I dare to put white on.

  6. Oh man Michelle. I love that skirt!

  7. That skirt is AWESEOME, as is the hoodie! Cute photo bomber too. I totally agree with you about the coral mimosa rather than the grey shirt. The colour will really suit you!

  8. Perfect photo bomber! I'd love to create a capsule wardrobe but am having troubles focusing myself. Love the maxi skirt. Maxis are probably my favorite item to wear.