Creating a Spring Capsule Wardrobe

by Cara @sosewmad

The second I opened the parcel from Dragonfly Fabrics, I was inspired. I love it when that happens – it can be a pattern, a ready-to-wear garment, or just the fabric itself that gets my imagination flowing, and these fabrics combine so beautifully that I was immediately drawn to the idea of a capsule wardrobe, or a module. Listed below are some New Arrivals here at Dragonfly Fabrics that I mention in this post:

Organic Cotton Jersey Dress Fabric – Dragonflies Jasmine Gold

Viscose Lawn Dress Fabric – Blush Pink and Green

Mineral Blue Bamboo Jersey Dress Fabric

Our growing collection of Eco-friendly Bamboo Jerseys

How do you define a capsule wardrobe or a module?
Well, I’d rather not be too definitive on this, I’m a great believer in doing what makes you happy, so for me, a capsule or module wardrobe would be some tops, bottoms, dresses or jumpsuits and an outer garment that I could co-ordinate together or mix with other basics that would give me a number of different looks and outfits that work around the items made from these fabrics.
These fabrics lend themselves to this concept as they are a mix of weights, perfect to create tops with some, and trousers, skirts, dresses/jumpsuits with the others

This Organic Cotton Jersey with Dragonflies in Jasmine Gold is medium weight and would be perfect for dresses and tops with 95% cotton and 5% lycra

The Viscose Lawn with its blush pink and green is a beautifully fine 100% viscose, semi-opaque and would make lovely tops, skirts, or dresses – although, as it is a little sheer, you may want to line it.

Bamboo Jersey, one in Dusky Pink, the other in Mineral Blue with a content of 68% Bamboo, 28% Cotton, and 4% Spandex, it is 240 GSM, beautifully soft and super versatile as it would be perfect to create tops, dresses, and trousers such as leggings or joggers or something that requires drape like harem trousers for example. It has 75% stretch in the width and 25% stretch in length.
Bringing these fabrics and some patterns together to create a capsule wardrobe…

Let’s start with the tops using Organic Cotton Jersey:

This fabric would make a beautiful Agnes top by Tilly and the Buttons, it’s also stable enough to make a Coco top or dress also by Tilly and the Buttons.
The Grainline Studio Lark Tee is a perfect alternative, and also has many different options to choose from
Grainline Studio – Lark Tee Sewing Pattern

Grainline Studio – Lark Tee Sewing Pattern

Using the Viscose Lawn:

The Edie Top by Merchant and Mills has some wonderful features and can be made as a dress or top, the Sagebrush top has been hugely popular in the sewing community with its feature sleeves and frill across the top, perfect for spring and summer, thinking ahead and making use of those rare hot days, the Ogden Cami would be perfect in the viscose and become a firm staple in your wardrobe!
Merchant and Mills – The Edie Top and Dress

Merchant and Mills – The Edie Top and Dress

The Sagebrush Top Sewing Pattern – Friday Pattern Company

The Sagebrush Top Sewing Pattern – Friday Pattern Company

 

The Bamboo Jersey is beautiful to work with and can be used for so many different options:
The Adrienne Blouse by the Friday Pattern Company; this top is so quick, it has only 3 pattern pieces and the structure of the bamboo would work perfectly with it. The Ebony Tee by Closet Core Patterns would make the most out of the wonderful drape that Bamboo has, and it also has options for a top or a dress.
Adrienne Blouse- Friday Pattern Company

Adrienne Blouse- Friday Pattern Company

Closet Case Files – Ebony T-Shirt & Dress Sewing Pattern

Closet Case Files – Ebony T-Shirt & Dress Sewing Pattern

For trouser and skirt options the Bamboo would be perfect for leggings using the Megan Nielsen Virginia leggings pattern, or the Luna trousers by Made by Rae, the Kensington skirt by Liesl & Co would be lovely made in bamboo jersey.
Virginia Leggings Sewing Pattern- Megan Nielsen

Virginia Leggings Sewing Pattern- Megan Nielsen

There are also many options for Jumpsuits using bamboo Jersey, the Avenir Jumpsuit for example, or the Joni Jumpsuit also by the Friday Pattern Company.
Joni Jumpsuit- Friday Pattern Company

Joni Jumpsuit- Friday Pattern Company

Options for dresses using the viscose lawn include the School House Tunic by Sew Liberated, which looks great on its own, or layered over leggings or Jeans, and also The Lena PDF by Dragonfly Patterns is also a transitional piece that could be worn in different ways, making it perfect for a capsule wardrobe.
Sew Liberated – Schoolhouse Tunic Sewing Pattern

Sew Liberated – Schoolhouse Tunic Sewing Pattern

The Lena Dress PDF- Dragonfly Patterns

The Lena Dress PDF- Dragonfly Patterns

It would also be an idea to incorporate a shirt or blouse into your capsule wardrobe as these can double up as an outer layer by wearing them open as a Jacket, or draft a simple day robe with an open front and wide sleeves to wear over your t-shirts, dresses or jumpsuits.
4 Fabrics and the options are endless!

Where did the fabric and pattern inspiration take me?

I chose to work with the Viscose Lawn and the Dusky Green Bamboo.
My first choice was the Schoolhouse Tunic by Sew Liberated using the Viscose Lawn, and leggings using the Dusky Green Bamboo as they coordinated so well.
I then drafted a T-shirt similar to the Agnes top by Tilly and the Buttons and a day robe using the remnants of both fabrics to maximise the use of the fabric and eliminate fabric waste.

The beauty of creating a capsule wardrobe…. a few items, but many outfits.
Coming next on the blog is ‘The Great British Sewing Bee’! We are beyond excited here at Dragonfly Fabrics that the GBSB is back, we will be following its progress intensely and I will be writing a blog post each week following the progress of the contestants and sharing patterns and fabric suggestions to help you follow in their journey.
Until then, I hope you enjoyed my Spring wardrobe inspiration, as always we would love to hear from you, you can email us directly at [email protected] or follow us @dragonfly_fabrics on Facebook or Instagram.
Cara