Summer Capsule Sew-a-long

I just found out about this summer capsule sew-a-long and I am going to try and participate.

I have a wardrobe staple of 3 dresses, 2 yoga pants, and 2 t-shirts.  My colors are black, gray, and navy that I wear all of the time.  My two t-shirts are fuschia and royal blue.  I am very boring it seems!  It is so much easier to sew pretty dresses for girls!

I first have to find out what my body type is so that I can find out what styles will suit me.  I am trying to figure out if I am a plain straight/rectangle or if I have an hourglass figure…ha!

I then have to figure out what colors I lean towards (or what I would like to wear more).  I went to design seeds at to find some color combinations I feel comfortable with.  Here is what I found that I like:
FigHues_2  CreatureHues  NatureHues  OrchidTones_4 PassifloraHues   StalkedTones

I am immediately drawn to the blues and creams.  The fig pallette is my first choice of what I would like to base my wardrobe on.  I would like to also include an olive and a plum color.  Those colors would be pretty for a summer wardrobe!

I will now have to think about some wardrobe basics:

9 bottoms

15 tops

2 dresses

2 jackets

…and 9 pairs of shoes  (Right now I will be happy with just 2 pairs)

I will now have to go and figure out what patterns I want to sew up…

Here are some useful links to find out what this is all about and how to get started:

Why I Got Rid of My Wardrobe

How to Dress for  Your Body Type

Design Seeds (color palettes)

How to Build a Capsule Wardrobe

Summer Staples

Summer Capsule Wardrobe:  All Kinds of Style

(to be continued)




I made this cute birthday outfit for a friend.  Can you guess the theme of the party?  🙂


I used the Darby Shorts from Brownie Goose.  I am in love with this pattern.  The shorts are a cute bubble short with leg cuffs and button tab details on the legs.  The are two pocket variations on the pattern.  I chose to do the bottle neck pocket.  I think that this pocket is more of a decorative feature than an actually functional…but it is unique and is a very cute feature.

For the shirt, I chose to do an applique of ruched fabric strips for the rainbow and since the material for the clouds was so thin, I had the thought of layering the clouds for a 3D effect.

I just cut out 1 inch strips for the rainbow and did a rolled hem on the edges.  I then ran two gathering stitches to scrunch up the strips.  I ironed the clouds onto some very thin interfacing and before cutting it out I went ahead and outlined it with blue thread.


After layering the clouds over the rainbow.  I then just did little running stitches all over the clouds to anchor it onto the shirt and also for decorative purposes.


I like the effect.  It looks like the clouds are floating over the rainbow.



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