Creating a Capsule Wardrobe

For a while now, I’ve had a long-term goal to someday be able to stop shopping for my clothes and only make my own clothes (perhaps with a few exceptions). I can’t remember the last time I bought jeans, so while I think it will be a long time before I’m able to sew those on my own – hopefully the ones I have will last me until then. And okay, maybe I’ll never be able to (or want to) make my own undergarments, but between knitting nearly 5 garments already this year and learning to sew, I think my “long-term” goal, may actually be more short-term!

What I’d like to do is start with creating my own “Capsule Wardrobe.”

What is a Capsule Wardrobe?

According to Wikipedia, “Capsule wardrobe is a term coined by Susie Faux, the owner of a London boutique called “Wardrobe” in the 1970s. According to Faux, a capsule wardrobe is a collection of a few essential items of clothing that don’t go out of fashion, such as skirts, trousers, and coats, which can then be augmented with seasonal piecesThis idea was popularised by American designer Donna Karan, who, in 1985, released an influential capsule collection of seven interchangeable work-wear pieces.”

Following the lead of, I’m going to start with choosing my color palette.

My Capsule Wardrobe Palette:

Here is the one I’ve landed on. I’ve chosen this not only because I’m very drawn to these colors but also – I always have been. These are the colors that I already tend to wear, so it won’t be a huge shift.


This is definitely a much bigger palette than most would recommend, but I need options! Aside from the royal lilac, I have been wearing these colors for ages so it should be a natural fit for me.

Mood Board!

Vision Board for Capsule Wardrobe

I created my mood board using and searching each Pantone color on Pinterest. I also searched Ravelry for a few of my favorite designers.

Fabric Selection!

Here are some of the fabrics I’ve already accumulated from

fabrics for capsule wardrobe

Not an exact match to the palette I chose, but it looks much more cohesive than what’s in my closet now, so it’s a start! I did order a fabric that I thought would be close to the “grenadine” but it was much closer to traffic cone orange, so I will be sending that back. I’d also like to find something for the “autumn maple” because that is a color I wear a lot! Now… if only my yarn stash would be compliant. That’s a question for another day!

Wardrobe Pieces!

Keep in mind, for this part I have to stay at least close to the realm of my abilities, especially when it comes to sewing since I’m so very new at that.

Sewing Pieces:

sewing capsule pieces

Knitted Pieces:

knitting capsule wardrobe
Pictured left to right, top to bottom: Rosemont Cardigan by Hannah Fettig, Weekender Pullover by Andrea Mowry, Eri sweater by Isabel Kraemer, Lotta dress by Marie Greene, and Tegna top by Caitlin Hunter!

All subject to change, of course 🙂 Planning things out (in case you haven’t noticed) brings me so much joy! Now it’s time to get to work on these pieces!


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