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New Year Sewing Resolutions - Planning for 2019 Capsule Wardrobes

Ann Siegle

Download the file in PDF format (link below) to print and create your perfect wardrobe!

Download the file in PDF format (link below) to print and create your perfect wardrobe!

I’ll bet your New Year’s resolutions for 2019 include more sewing! And further, that you want to make things that work with your wardrobe. Our EASY approach to building your wardrobe works with your closet, and includes sewing a short number of garments, but building on them. Pick ONE item from your closet that you want to coordinate with and select TWO sewing patterns and fabric (from your fabric stash) to sew.

Download our PDF Pick ONE, Sew TWO wardrobe planning printable PDF template and head to your closet. You can build these in groups of three, planning multiple ones or selecting just ONE to get started with. This approach is much easier than planning an entire wardrobe and you can build as many 3-sets as you want.

Sew a capsule wardrobe using a convertible dress sewing pattern

Ann Siegle

Jetting off on winter holidays? Sewing for spring break? Bring a convertible dress with you and solve both travel and destination wardrobe options!

The Christine Jonson Multi-Tie dress is perfect for winter holidays! You’re leaving in the freezing cold and jetting off to somewhere warm. The Multi-Tie dress can be worn as a long-sleeved funnel neck dress over leggings and under a cozy swing cardigan. When you get to your warm weather destination, slip off the sweater, slide out of the leggings in the baggage claim restroom (no kidding! We’ve done this!) and slip your arms out of the dress to create a halter dress. Slide on some sunglasses and the moment you exit the airport, you’re already on vacation!

From left, the Swing Jacket in a ribbed sweater knit, the Christine Jonson leggings and the Multi Tie dress worn as a funnel neck long sleeved dress. The SAME dress, worn as a bandeau wrapped dress as a swim cover up for the pool or beach, or as a halter or one-shoulder halter for dinners alfresco in the sunshine.

From left, the Swing Jacket in a ribbed sweater knit, the Christine Jonson leggings and the Multi Tie dress worn as a funnel neck long sleeved dress. The SAME dress, worn as a bandeau wrapped dress as a swim cover up for the pool or beach, or as a halter or one-shoulder halter for dinners alfresco in the sunshine.

The same dress can pull triple duty on vacation, with the on-the-plane and travel version, worn with a Swing Jacket in a sweater knit, and then as a swim cover up and resort-dinner dress while on vacation. Plus, with just TWO pattern pieces, the dress sews up in under 30 minutes. You CAN sew this dress, right before you leave! The recommended fabrics - 4-way stretch with snappy recovery - means you can roll it up and shove it in your beach bag and still shake it out and wear it to dinner later.

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Easy Dress Sewing Pattern: Wrap and Tie a Multi-Tie Convertible Dress!

Ann Siegle

This beginner-friendly sewing pattern has just TWO pattern pieces for an endless combination of looks from one sewing pattern. The Multi-Tie Dress from Christine Jonson Patterns is an iconic dress that is elegant and versatile. Sewn in under 30 minutes in stretch velvet, this is your go-to holiday dress. Sewn in a flash in a stretchy print knit fabric, it’s your travel / holiday / vacation dress that you can roll up and stash in your carry on.

Wear it in the funnel neck long sleeve version with tights and boots to work.

Slip one shoulder off and stretch it around your waist to create an off-the shoulder evening look right from the office

Wear it wrapped and tied and scrunched as a top under a cozy cardigan with jeans and flats for brunch with your girlfriends

Sew it in a stretch print knit for a perfect travel-to-the-tropics dress, and slip it from a funnel neck to a bandeau strapless dress once you land at your destination.

Wear your Multi Tie dress with the ruana from Travel Trio Three. Wear it over leggings, scrunch up the Multi Tie dress into a tunic length and put a cozy sweater knit Swing Jacket over it for a luxe New Year’s Day outfit.

Wear your Multi Tie dress with the ruana from Travel Trio Three. Wear it over leggings, scrunch up the Multi Tie dress into a tunic length and put a cozy sweater knit Swing Jacket over it for a luxe New Year’s Day outfit.

Sew a relaxed hoodie with inset panels, empire waist shaping

Ann Siegle

Sew a relaxed hoodie jacket with inset panels and empire waist shaping to wear over skinny pants, leggings or a slim midi skirt for fall / winter / spring.

Pattern Mix Relaxed Hoodie:

Using the Christine Jonson Patterns Inset Jacket and the contrast-lined hood from the Christine Jonson Travel Trio Two, mix these two patterns and lengthen the Inset Jacket to craft a fun, relaxed hoodie with gentle shape and fun details.

Our inspiration found online shows a full gathered elastic waist, but the inset jacket uses pleats along the inset only. Instead of pleating the section of the jacket, sew rows of gathering stitches and gather this section on. If you want the exposed serger edges, you can edge-serge with a narrow 3-thread serge along the vertical and the horizontal seams, turning the interior corner with a tight turn on your serger as you go. Then, apply the insets to the inside, topstitching down to expose the serger edges of the jacket body.

Mix up your hoodie by using a contrast print from knit scraps on the inside of the hood, and add tassels to the front. You can choose to leave the inset jacket ties OR you can insert a zipper in the front. If you insert a zipper, you will need to insert it before you add the facing to the inset panels.

You can extend the sleeves on the hoodie down to wrist length and add a cuff, narrowing the sleeve to the hem as shown in the example.

Add tassels to the zipper pull as shown.

Our inspiration, taken from the internet, shows a gathered inset panel with exposed edges, a hood with contrast lining and long sleeves.

Our inspiration, taken from the internet, shows a gathered inset panel with exposed edges, a hood with contrast lining and long sleeves.

Inset Jacket 115
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Travel Trio Two 331
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Fall & Winter 2018/2019 Capsule Wardrobes to Sew

Ann Siegle

Plan your winter 2018/9 capsule wardrobe to sew using easy to sew and amazingly well fitting sewing patterns.

These two wardrobes feature modern, easy-to-sew garments that you’ll love to sew AND wear.

The first wardrobe is a slightly closer-fitting wardrobe with comfortable knit and woven garments that are as fun to wear as they are to sew.

From left, the Moto Jacket, a tunic-length version of the Take Along Dress and Perfect Pant Classic wide leg knit pants.

The second look features the same tunic-length Take Along Dress with the Perfect Pant Skinny and a Ruana from Travel Trio Three.

The third look uses the Pocket A-line Skirt from Travel Trio Three with the One Seam Wrap over a slim-fitting sleeveless top (from your closet or try the Keyhole Top without the keyhole and sewn sleeveless and reversible.

The last look features the Perfect Pant Flare leg, the Funnel Neck from Travel Trio Two and the Easy Coat sewn in a cozy wool (with or without lining, your choice,)

Capsule Wardrobe Christine Jonson Sewing Patterns Winter 2018 2019

The second wardrobe features the Draped Vest and Pencil Skirt (sewn in knee length.) Try this over the Funnel Neck from Travel Trio Two or the Banded Neck Tee from Travel Trio One.

The Three Tees dress is a customer favorite and has an optional turtleneck.

The Take Along Dress is our third look - simple and elegant on it’s own.

The Draped Jacket over the slight boot cut Center Seam Pant from the Travel Trio One pattern features a slightly looser silhouette from the Perfect Pants.

And the last look, includes a reversible hoodie jacket over the Base Wear Two straight skirt and is a comfortable, polished outfit that feels as good as it looks.

Capsule Wardrobe Christine Jonson Patterns Winter 2018 2019
Travel Trio Three 226
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Travel Trio Two 331
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Easy Coat 122
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Three Tees 917
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Keyhole Top & Pants for Wovens 1010
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BaseWear 2 - 1025
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Slit Skirt & Pencil Skirt 330
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