Overview of outfit combinations for Alyssa's Autumn capsule wardrobe on MyBodyModel croquis

Sewing a Capsule Wardrobe, from Sketch to Finished!

I took part in the #MyBodyModel3x3 Challenge and recently finished sewing the last of my 9 garments in my me-made capsule wardrobe! It’s been fun mixing and matching the looks I designed using my custom croquis from MyBodyModel, and integrating my new handmade clothing with other loved items from my closet.

Here is my process of sewing a capsule wardrobe, all the way from initial inspiration to final outfits.

Planning the Looks

The Fall/Winter Design Your Wardrobe from Seamwork coincided with the MyBodyModel 3×3 Challenge. I decided to take my many ideas from the course and think about ways to create a 9-item capsule collection using the 3×3 template. I started by looking at my digital mood board featuring style images, fabrics, and line art from potential sewing patterns. Fall is my favorite season, and I was heavily inspired by autumnal earth tones and the magical small towns of New England.

Alyssa's autumn style mood board collage, including various clothing items and pattern silhouettes with a fall earth tone color scheme.
My style mood board from Seamwork’s Design Your Wardrobe, featuring an autumn color palette, inspirational silhouettes, and pattern ideas.

As a sewist that only really started making my own clothes, I had created many spur of the moment garments over the last year that didn’t really go with anything else in my closet. Sewing a capsule wardrobe using the 3×3 template was the perfect launching point for designing clothing that I love, and that importantly, I would wear. As a visual planner, I use my Microsoft Tablet and custom croquis to digitally sketch my ideas and envision what garments would look like on my body. I use a free drawing app, Autodesk Sketchbook, to draw. I don’t worry too much about getting it just right, instead using that time to experiment, visualize, and just have fun.

Alyssa using the app Sketchbook on her tablet to design her autumn capsule wardrobe on her MyBodyModel croquis.
I draw on my tablet, usually with a cup of tea in hand, fabric by my side, and a cat not too far away. 

Here were my original 3×3 capsule wardrobe sewing plans:

Alyssa's original autumn capsule wardrobe garments: Union St. Tee by Hey June Handmade, Haori by Wiksten, rayon ruffle skirt, Arenite Pants by Sew Liberated, Ace by Seamwork, Bryn Pinafore by Seamwork, Cleo Pinafore by Tilly and the Buttons, Pietra Pants by Closet Core, and Peppermint Wrap Top by In the Folds
Patterns: Union St. Tee by Hey June Handmade, Haori by Wiksten, Arenite Pants by Sew Liberated, Ace by Seamwork, Bryn Pinafore by Seamwork, Cleo Pinafore by Tilly and the Buttons, Pietra Pants by Closet Core, and Peppermint Wrap Top by In the Folds

I ended up changing out the skirt for some much needed layering leggings, adding a cuff to my Arenite Pants, and swapping the Seamwork Quince Robe for the Wiksten Haori. 

Alyssa's final autumn capsule wardrobe garment plans: Peppermint Wrap Top by In the Folds, Neenah Top by Seamwork, Union St. Tee by Hey June Handmade, Quince Robe by Seamwork, Cleo Pinafore by Tilly and the Buttons, Bryn Pinafore by Seamwork, Pietra Pants by Closet Core, Arenite Pants by Sew Liberated, Shelly leggings by Seamwork
Patterns: Peppermint Wrap Top by In the Folds, Neenah Top by Seamwork, Union St. Tee by Hey June Handmade, Quince Robe by Seamwork, Cleo Pinafore by Tilly and the Buttons, Bryn Pinafore by Seamwork, Pietra Pants by Closet Core, Arenite Pants by Sew Liberated, Shelly leggings by Seamwork

The Finished Outfits

I selected 9 items to sew for my me-made capsule wardrobe. While several plans ended up changing, here are some of my favorite combinations from #sketch2finish:

Outfit 1 from Alyssa's autumn capsule wardrobe drawn on her custom MyBodyModel croquis: Mini version of the Cleo Pinafore from Tilly and the Buttons layered over a Neenah Sweater and Shelly Leggings by Seamwork.
Outfit 1 – Mini version of the Cleo Pinafore from Tilly and the Buttons layered over a Neenah Sweater and Shelly Leggings.

I wanted a classic black corduroy overall dress to layer in the fall and winter. I choose the mini version of the Cleo Pinafore from Tilly and the Buttons and have been wearing it all winter long.

Outfit 2 from Alyssa's autumn capsule wardrobe drawn on her custom MyBodyModel croquis: A striped Peppermint Wrap Top from In the Folds paired with Pietra Pants by Closet Core.
Outfit 2 – A striped Peppermint Wrap Top from In the Folds paired with a solid staple – my Pietra Pants.

This fabric actually inspired me to create the Peppermint Wrap Top from In The Folds and I have been wearing this simple, but fancy (for me), top with all of the pants from my closet.

Outfit 3 from Alyssa's autumn capsule wardrobe drawn on her custom MyBodyModel croquis: Linen Arenite Pants from Sew Liberated paired with a solid mock Neenah sweater from Seamwork.
Outfit 3 – Linen Arenite Pants from Sew Liberated paired with a solid mock Neenah sweater for a comfortable weekend look.

I spent a long time playing with potential colors for the Arenite Pants from Sew Liberated and experimenting with cuff options on my croquis. I finally decided on a slate blue linen and find myself wearing these pants with comfortable knit tops.

Outfit 4 from Alyssa's autumn capsule wardrobe drawn on her custom MyBodyModel croquis: The Bryn Pinafore by Seamwork in a rust stretch corduroy and the striped Peppermint Wrap Top by In the Folds
Outfit 4 – The Bryn Pinafore in a rust stretch corduroy goes with many tops, featured here is the Peppermint Wrap Top.

I choose to do the front button version of Seamwork’s Bryn Pinafore. This reminds me of the 90s and I surprisingly love that. The corduroy is so soft and I wear this over leggings and jeans with different turtlenecks from my closet.

Outfit 5 from Alyssa's autumn capsule wardrobe drawn on her custom MyBodyModel croquis: The Cleo Pinafore from Tilly and the Buttons paired with a striped Union St. Tee from Hey June Handmade.
Outfit 5 – The classic Cleo Pinafore is paired with my go-to tee shirt pattern, a stripped Union St. Tee from Hey June Handmade.

So far I have made 5 different versions of the Union St. Tee from Hey June Handmade and love them all. I wear this shirt over my Cleo Pinafore here, but often find myself throwing this tee on with jeans and a sweater.

Outfit 6 from Alyssa's autumn capsule wardrobe drawn on her custom MyBodyModel croquis: A twill pair of golden Pietra Pants from Closet Core paired with a striped Union St. Tee from Hey June Handmade.
Outfit 6 – A twill pair of golden Pietra Pants from Closet Core paired with a stripped Union St. Tee. 

The Pietra Pants are the ultimate working-from-home pant. When I wear these I feel put together, but comfortable. The Pietra Pants will become a staple when I return to the office and can be easily mixed and matched with many tops from my closet.

Outfit 7 from Alyssa's autumn capsule wardrobe drawn on her custom MyBodyModel croquis: The Seamwork Quince robe in a textured cotton layered over a Neenah Top by Seamwork, Cleo Pinafore by Tilly and the Buttons, and Shelly Leggings by Seamwork.
Outfit 7 – The Seamwork Quince robe in a textured cotton layered over a Neenah Top, Cleo Pinafore, and Shelly Leggings.

While I ended up making the Quince Robe from Seamwork, this was intended to be the Wiksten Haori Jacket in my 3×3. I really liked it’s simplicity and large pockets, so I decided to sew it in a luxurious textured cotton.

Outfit 8 from Alyssa's autumn capsule wardrobe drawn on her custom MyBodyModel croquis: The Seamwork Neenah Top in a rust colored jersey layered underneath the Bryn Pinafore by Seamwork.
Outfit 8 – The Seamwork Neenah Top in a rust colored jersey is layered underneath the Bryn Pinafore.

The Neenah Top, originally in the 3×3 as a Seamwork Ace, is by far my most worn make. I ended up making another Neenah in cream that I pair with all of the items from my 3×3 capsule. 

The 9th item, the Seamwork Shelly leggings, are a workhorse in my closet. Made in a warm ponte, I layer them under dresses and jeans for winter hikes. I had originally wanted to make a ruffle hem skirt. When snow began in October and I prepared myself for a Maine winter, I decided to forego the skirt and make something a bit warmer.

Alyssa models the 9 items from her MyBodyModel 3x3 challenge autumn capsule wardrobe paired with other items for her outdoor adventures.
I wear the 9 items from my 3×3 at home and on outdoor adventures, mixing them with other items from my closet.

It’s amazing how many outfits I can make with just 9 garments. Here are even more outfit combinations drawn on my body model croquis:

Alyssa's MyBodyModel 3x3 Challenge autumn capsule wardrobe outfit combinations.

Reflections

I am so glad I took part in the MyBodyModel 3×3 challenge and finished sewing a capsule wardrobe collection. I not only enjoy wearing my recently sewn clothing, but I also truly enjoyed the process of collecting inspiration, planning the projects, and spending time at my sewing machine turning my ideas into reality. The result: 9 loved clothing items I wear again and again.

My tips for those starting a 3×3 include:

  1. Spend time playing with color and silhouette
  2. Be flexible enough to allow your plans to change
  3. Think about gaps in your wardrobe and ways to fill them
  4. Enjoy yourself – sometimes the process can be just as rewarding as the product

I took part in Seamwork’s Spring/Summer Design Your Wardrobe course and I’m planning my next seasonal capsule using the MyBodyModel 3×3 template again. I am already dreaming about floral cottons, dresses, and a spring color palette.


Ready to plan your own mini-capsule wardrobe, 3×3 style?

The latest season of #mybodymodel3x3 challenge is underway! Check this post for challenge guidelines, prizes, and your free 3×3 planning worksheet.

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3 thoughts on “Sewing a Capsule Wardrobe, from Sketch to Finished!”

  1. Enjoyed your blog. You did some really nice outfits with your 3 x 3. I can see that you put a lot of thought and time into this. Excellent work!

  2. This is super cute! I love how you planned from an original mood board–it makes everything look like part of a season or line. The finished pieces turned out great, and it’s nice to see the photos, too–how it all came alive. Adorable!

  3. Awesome choices and beautiful sewing job. I am slow going as I am finishing a t-shirt I started in the fall. Where did the striped v-neck t-shirt in your mood board come from? You are an inspiration!

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