Four New Me-Made Garments

I am steadily – yet slowly – planning out this handmade capsule wardrobe. So far, I have completed:

  1. a hand-knit short-sleeve top
  2. a hand-knit sweater
  3. a self-sewn skirt
  4. a self-sewn top

I think what is a little confusing to me is…when is a capsule wardrobe complete? Personally, I’m going to say never. I know the idea of a capsule wardrobe is that it should be small in quantity, but what I’m more interested in is a wardrobe that is easily mixed and matched. Why stop with seven pieces?? My only limitation is that every piece should fit into my color palette.


The Four Pieces I have so far:

Short Sleeve Knit Top



  • Color Palette Color: Toast (with some autumn maple and shaded spruce speckles)
  • Yarn: Hooker’s Corner, “Whisper” (in two different finger weight bases)
  • Pattern: Tegna by Caitlin Hunter
  • Notes: absolutely one of my favorite pieces. Literally wearing it as I type this!

Simple Raglan Sweater


  • Color Palette Color: Tawny Port (close enough…)
  • Yarn: Cascade Eco+ in Boysenberry
  • Pattern: loosely followed “Baldric” by Isabell Kraemer
  • Notes: This was my Longest Day sweater and it holds a lot of sentimental value as well as being a very easily wearable piece.

Simple Menagerie Skirt (photo coming soon!)

  • Color Palette Colors: Shaded Spruce, Autumn Maple, Golden Lime, Golden Olive, Grenadine, Ballet Slipper
  • Fabric: Rifle Paper Co. for Cotton + Steel in 100% lightweight cotton (pictured below)
  • Pattern: Simplicity 6053
  • Notes: Sizing was very off. Size 12 should have fit but was about 4.5″ too small. Made a new one, but is about 4″ too big. DUH when you had 4.5″ to each pattern piece, you’re adding 9″, silly!! Mom helped me put the zipper in the back instead of the side (so it has a back seam). I’m happy with it, but want to try again. I’ll keep the zipper in the back though. Photo of the actual skirt coming soon. I want to see if I can take it in a bit…Cotton + Steel Rifle Paper Co. Menagerie Jungle Natural

Short Sleeve Self-Sewn Top

  • Color: Shaded Spruce (man, I wear that color a lot!)
  • Fabric: Peppered Cotton Yarn Dyed Chambray in Peacock (
  • Pattern: Akita by Seamwork
  • Notes: This pattern was easy enough. Was a little to narrow in the hips – would add an extra inch width-wise if I could figure out how (the pattern is actually all one piece, so I’m not sue how to do that so the extra width is evenly distributed on the front and back). It was also a little longer than I would have liked, but I can probably figure that out easily. Also – there is a difference between double and single folded bias tape! Next time get single fold! I like how happy I look in this photo. Making my own clothes is such a kick!


Next Up:

I’ve already cut the pattern pieces for a Willow Tank by Grainline Studio in fabric from Cotton + Steel (both are pictured below respectively). Hopefully I will be able to work on that tonight but I also need to pack for a bachelorette weekend and edit a podcast episode. Finding time for making all the things is the hardest part!

Cotton + Steel Add It Up Folk Dress

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