Episode 12: How to Choose Patterns & Fabric for Your Sewn Capsule Wardrobe (Sew a Capsule Wardrobe Part 3)

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Episode 12: How to Choose Patterns & Fabric for Your Sewn Capsule Wardrobe (Sew a Capsule Wardrobe Part 3)

In this episode I share some tips and strategies on how to choose the perfect sewing patterns and fabric for your sewn capsule wardrobe.

Here are the links I referred to in the podcast:

Free baby size grow with me romper pattern.

On the Grow Romper Etsy Link:


My colour palette:


Polyvore (link to some capsule wardrobe ideas):


Pattern recommendations from our friends on social media:


Tiffany: I think either the Slim Fit Raglan by Patterns for Pirates, or the self drafted tee I made from your blog. I thought a number of other patterns fit me really well until I tried one drafted for me – and it fits me better (of course!).

Abigail: The 5oo4 Ninjas fit me excellently. I unpicked a pair of leggings that fit great but had holes and compared the shape to all the free legging patterns out there. Ninjas were the closest shape and I’m thrilled with the fit

Katy: I’m still new in the world of sewing for myself, but so far I’ve fallen in love with the Halla Stardust Tank (minus the star, just the plain tank with a nice wide band at the bottom), the Halla Juniper, and P4P leggings have done the trick for a nice easy sew! Thanks for continuing your podcast, I look forward to it every fortnight now!


girlandboydI’m currently on a roll with the Magnolia by Little Lizard King. I love the curved hem option– it’s super flattering. I’m also making a lot of the cocoon cardigans by p4p as gifts– the sizing is very forgiving and it flatters everyone! It’s also very easy to whip up and looks impressive ?

em.makes.thingsI like so many! Every Hey June pattern, Sewaholic Renfrew, McCalls 6886. I wouldn’t be able to pick just one.

kaleebdesigns: Lane Raglan and Agnes tunic

dorotheatheexplorerI haven’t made them yet…but am loving the variations of the Colette Moneta dress I’m seeing…and I also want to try Megan Neilson’s Brumby skirt…perfect for a capsule wardrobe!

_pelke_Along with other ladies who were testers for Zoe top can’t stop making it. Looks so flattering in any style of fabric. It’s my own pattern SinclairPatterns

kristen_sews: Favourite tee by patterns for pirates. It’s just a classic. I have made lots

zekees_clothing: I like the Santa Fe Tee from Peek a Boo pattern shop. I also wear my treasure pocket skirt from Duck butt Designs a lot.

tarafashion2style: My current favorite is the Lou box top, it’s very versatile I’ve made several tops and hacked the pattern into a couple dresses! Worth every penny to me ☺️


Additional Helpful Links:

How to  choose colours for your skin tone https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lbwgkaa3SFY&feature=share

How to choose seasonally appropriate fabrics: https://www.seamwork.com/issues/2015/03/fabric-swaps-for-every-season



What’s Your Favourtie Women’s Pattern? Share in the comments below!


Music Attribution:

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4 Comment

  1. I haven’t made them yet, but the Washi and Gertrude patterns from Made by Rae are the next two I will be purchasing. I used to only sew with knits, but I’m excited to do more with wovens.

    1. oooOOOo Yes I think the Washi Dress is Beautiful! I haven’t seen the Gertrude. I’ll have to go check that out! I have been eyeing up the ogden cami (True Bias) for my next woven project. Or maybe a boxy top… hmmm… so many pattern so little time!

      1. I’m dying to try a boxy top with some sort of midi length full skirt. I’m also a teacher in SK with two kids. So many ideas, so little time!

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