Building a wardrobe...of sorts.

How to Start a Capsule Sewing Plan

Do you have a sewing plan but get starry-eyed by all the new things and before you know where you are, you've made a good few garments but still have nothing to wear. No idea how it all fits together? It's all a blur and nothing seems to go with anything else? Random cloth buying but keep changing your mind about what to sew?

Need Help? Here we go...

A capsule wardrobe isn't workable for most people. We like a little spontaneity. Some lee-way when it comes to new things, whether we sew them or buy them.

A framework though, and sewing or buying things to fit the framework, is really good. It gives a bit of focus. It narrows down the choices and it stays with you when you wake up in the morning and you have no idea what to wear.

Life has changed so much over the past six months and caught us all napping. Most of us don't commute anymore. We're WFH but we still need to get dressed. Mostly! Here are a few ideas to build a framework around.


Do you have warm tones in your skin or cool? Turn your wrist and look at the veins. Generally speaking, those with blue/grey veins have cool tones and those with green/yellow veins have warm tones. Now look up colours to suit your skin tone. You can wear almost every colour. You just have to find the right tone for your own skin.

Pick one base colour. I used to all spend my days in an office or in court in a black suit. I never wear black now. For me the base colour is always navy. For you it could be black, brown or grey, depending on your skin tone but your base colour should be a neutral.

Then pick two other neutrals to go with the base colour. I pick white and grey. They both go with navy and they all go together. You could pick brown and cream or another combination but all three colours have to go together.

Then pick some accents. I usually choose variations of brown, blue, red and green. Chestnut, tobacco, army green or forest green pale blue, royal blue and pink. They all go with the three colours I've already chosen.

So, write this down;

1. Base Colour

2. Two Neutrals

3. Three or Four Accents

The objective is for everything to go with everything, so the clothes can be swapped around to produce the maximum number of combinations.


Proportions, Proportions, Proportions.

Not size. This framework is for all shapes and sizes. What you're thinking about is the silhouette. I prefer architectural shapes, trapeze lines and volume. I don't like anything tied around my middle but it has to be neat at the shoulder.

You might prefer form-fitting and nipped-in or totally loose and drop-shouldered. It's completely up to you. But the shapes you choose need to be consistent, that way, everything looks good together. If your shapes are inconsistent, things won't fit with others.