Sewing My Spring Capsule/// M8085

Moving right along in making my Spring Capsule using the guide from Everyday Style! Today I have my first dress to show you and I have to say that initially I was not too sure about this one. However I wore it Sunday and I like it so much more! So maybe not my favorite thing every, but incredibly comfortable and easy to wear.

The Capsule Piece: The guide calls for an easy day dress and I immediately thought of a t-shirt dress. Something that looks put together but is comfortable and covered up enough that I can chase a toddler on the playground. I love easy dresses when the weather gets warmer and they really become staples in my wardrobe.

The Pattern and Fabric: This pattern is M8085 and I made version B. There are a few options with length and sleeves but it is a pretty basic pattern. The fabric is a Double Brushed Poly knit. I don’t wear a lot of prints but I thought this might be one that would get worn since it’s a color I love and the floral print is a little more abstract.

Details: This is version B in the size medium with the bodice lengthened one inch. I ended up taking in quite a bit in the bodice and really wish I had just made the small. This came together really quickly and honestly I think you could sew up something similar without a pattern at all. Find a tank or t-shirt you like and attach a few rectangles to it.

The pattern does call for stay tape in the shoulder seams and next time I would probably add something to the waist band too as that is a heavy seam and it pulls quite a bit.

I was a little underwhelmed with the details of this pattern. With such a simple make I was hoping for a bit more effort in the finishings, but the hems are just turned under and there’s nothing super special about it. I would never pay full price for this one, there’s just not a lot to it?

How I plan to wear it: This is going to be a throw on with white sneakers kind of dress! I could also layer it up with my denim jacket. This will never be a fashion forward type of garment, but it will absolutely get worn and I think it turned out pretty cute!

Sewing My Spring Capsule///Pietra Pants

I have my second piece of my Spring Capsule Wardrobe to share with you today!! I’ve already started wearing these on the regular and I love how they turned out. Here’s a look at the second bottom in my capsule.

The Capsule Piece: The spring capsule from Everyday Style comes with a color palatte, but if you don’t like it she offers some great tips on how to change it up. Since I am pretty clear in what my colors are, this was an easy one to do. I swapped out the color navy for this rust/cinnamon/terracotta color that I love and have been wearing as a neutral. The capsule called for a pair of navy pants so I made these instead!

The Pattern and Fabric: This pattern is one I have made before and I wear all the time. These are the Pietra Pants by Closet Core patterns and I made them with this lovely lyocell twill from Melanated Fabrics. I love tencel and lyocell twills (essentially the same thing, different brands) for drapey pants. They are heavy enough to wear well and hold any details like pockets, but have a beautiful drape and easy feel.

Details: I made version B, the tapered leg, in a straight size 8. I wanted this version because I thought it would be easier to swap out shoes- booties, flats, sneakers even- and wear into the summer. I made one stupid error where I put the pockets on the wrong way, but I don’t know if it will matter to anyone but me.

How I plan to wear it: With all the shoes! I experimented a bit and I think I love these pants with a lot of different shoes. I also loved playing with this color and lightening it up with my springy palatte. These pants have been on heavy rotation! I love the flat front with elastic back, the perfect pant for easing back into the real world…

Sewing My Spring Capsule///M7981

Today I have the first piece to share in my Spring Capsule wardrobe! I’ve purchased and am using this guide from Everyday Style and if you know me in real life you are probably tired of me talking about it. I love it so much!

The Capsule Piece: I’m talking about a skirt I made today to fill the spot of a daytime to dressy skirt. I love wearing skirts when the weather gets warmer and I’ve been wanting a flowing button front skirt for awhile. I wanted to keep it a little more neutral so I could wear it with a lot of the tops I’ve pulled or am planning on making.

The pattern and fabric: This pattern is McCalls 7981 and it’s a pretty classic skirt with the waist band, gathers, and front button placket. There are two panels on the side that are kind of interesting and make for a little something different. There are pockets and I chose version B with the gathers and midi length. There are different length options as well as a tie version and a more a-line version.

This fabric is a gorgeous lightweight washed linen in the color ‘powder blue’ that I picked up from Blackbird Fabrics. I love that there is a bit of a gray undertone to the color. It is rumply and soft and I think a great weight for this skirt. It can hold the waistband shape but still is soft and drapey for those gathers.

I also ordered these Pigeon Wishes Stripe Mosaic Buttons from Stylemaker fabric and I love the detail they add to a pretty basic skirt. Sometimes I get so caught up in ordering fabric that I miss the opportunity to really think about these kinds of details, so I was proud of myself for taking the time to order these.

Details on the Make: I made the straight size medium with no alterations. I contemplated shortening the skirt but in the end decided that midi length is really what I was going for. I interfaced my waistband and button placket with self fabric and finished all my seams with a zig zag stitch.

This was a pretty simple make, straightforward from the fitting to the sewing, and I think this is a nice staple pattern to keep in my stash for awhile. If I have one nit pick it’s that I wish the waistband were a little wider.

How I plan to wear it: I’ve pulled some other pieces from my capsule to show you how I plan on wearing this skirt.

Look one is with a white t-shirt, booties, and my Evans blazer.

Look two is with a new tank you’ll see soon and my new purple flats.

And look three is with a graphic t-shirt and my olive anorak jacket (it’s still snowing here so I can’t pretend I’m not layering!) and my white sneakers.

I’m really happy to add another skirt to my closet and am loving this make!