Sew a summer-to-fall capsule wardrobe

Wardrobe created and sewn by Sharon Geherin, Christine Jonson Pattern Tester, written by Ann Siegle, Christine Jonson Patterns Marketing Evangelist

Creating an easy-to-sew and even easier-to-wear capsule wardrobe is fun and fast with Christine Jonson Patterns. Christine Jonson Patterns fan Sharon creates a fabulous mix and match fall capsule wardrobe using seven sewing patterns. 

Here are the patterns Sharon used to create her capsule wardrobe:

FREEBIE Poncho Top Pattern

Sharon's Capsule Wardrobe Planning:

Let's explore Sharon's capsule from top to bottom. First, she has selected a palette of garments that works for fall - a mix of deep red, red prints, brown, dark green, white with a pop of bright green and turquoise.  Each of these pieces is sewn in a comfortable knit fabric that is as easy to sew as it is to wear. 

Sharon plans hers on a board with cards. Each card has a swatch, a sketch with pattern name and number. Planning in this way helps you see your wardrobe requirements (tops, bottoms, etc.) and coordinate colors before you start sewing.

Sharon plans hers on a board with cards. Each card has a swatch, a sketch with pattern name and number. Planning in this way helps you see your wardrobe requirements (tops, bottoms, etc.) and coordinate colors before you start sewing.

This is an up-close of Sharon's planned cards: you can see she's sewn or stuck the fabric swatches down to the card, indicated what she's using the fabric for and any alterations she's used in the planning/construction process.  Note: Sharon needed to use ribbing inset because these sleeves are designed for stretch knit fabrics - they are VERY slim sleeves and require the Lycra in the fabric to stretch (mechanical stretch such as sweater knit, will not work as it does not contain the right recovery or snap-back that this sleeve design requires.) 

This is an up-close of Sharon's planned cards: you can see she's sewn or stuck the fabric swatches down to the card, indicated what she's using the fabric for and any alterations she's used in the planning/construction process.  Note: Sharon needed to use ribbing inset because these sleeves are designed for stretch knit fabrics - they are VERY slim sleeves and require the Lycra in the fabric to stretch (mechanical stretch such as sweater knit, will not work as it does not contain the right recovery or snap-back that this sleeve design requires.) 

You can create a capsule wardrobe quickly and easily with these sewing patterns. They require little in the way of complex alterations (raising the wrap or a full bust adjustment if you need it, is usually the only alteration needed when sewing these patterns with knit fabrics.) It's fast sewing, fun sewing with professional results - even if you're just a beginner! 

Each piece in Sharon's wardrobe can be combined with several others, creating a mix-and-match capsule that is both comfortable and stylish.