Just to recap, in Dressed we taught you how to design a capsule wardrobe, using the patterns from the ebook as an example. However, there is no reason to limit this technique just to those patterns—in fact, you should be applying the Method to your entire pattern collection and garments already in your closet. To demonstrate this in our first post, we expanded from the book and used the entire Deer&Doe catalogue to design a winter wardrobe. Today we will show you how to do the same thing, this time designing for a spring collection.
First things first, we must define the goal of this collection and the context we are designing for. What situations and circumstances do we need the garments for?
Once the context and criteria is defined, it’s time to start curating images that feel inspiring. This process will help us identify our favorite silhouettes, styles, and think about our wardrobe in complete outfits rather than individual garments. In the example below, we’ve done this multiple times, stopping only once the moodboard felt cohesive and satisfied the criteria defined above.
Based on our inspiration photos, it’s time to take note of colors, textures, and other qualities.
With a better sense of our desired style, we are ready to get specific and start planning garments. We will do this by determining the exact number of outfits we need, and the number of pieces required to achieve that many outfits (you can find the exact method for producing these numbers, including an an easy formula and worksheet to help you, in our ebook Dressed). Here is what we’ve determined we need for this particular capsule wardrobe:
Now that we have specific numbers in mind, we’ll identify 7 sewing patterns that will fulfill our criteria and provide plenty of outfit options for the season ahead.
Outfit planning is often the most fun part of building a capsule wardrobe. This process will help ensure that our pieces all work well together, and that we’ll have plenty of outfit combinations to get us through the months ahead. We previously determined that we need at least 6 different outfits, and luckily these garments will provide more than enough: there are over 12 great combinations!
Last but not least, it’s time to acquire any fabric you need to make these garments. Keep in mind that it’s not always necessary to purchase new fabric, especially if you already have some in your stash (see this post for ideas on how to make the most of your existing collection). Before shopping, we will refer to our earlier moodboard and notes regarding textures and prints: