Monday, February 5, 2018

One stitch at a time=wardrobe

It's a good philosophy.  One step at a time, one job at a time, one stitch at a time.  All those single steps or jobs or stitches all work together to make something...wonderful if we are lucky.  It is when we look at how far we have to go that we begin to second guess ourselves.  "Oh, I can't make a fly front...or a welt pocket...or an outerwear jacket...or reupholster a chair."

These all come from one stitch at a time. 

I also love to train my horse, and he came to me with solid training on the ground.  Even with that, I added my own stamp one step at a time.  It has been and will continue to be, a long-term project made up of many steps.  Yesterday, though, I was riding with a group of friends and one friend said "Whoa Nick, look at YOU" as he stopped, backed up and then cantered from a halt. 

One step at a time. 

A few weeks ago I decided to make a  capsule wardrobe using olive, brown and rust.  I started with some olive rayon and made some pants and then a loose fitting shell.  It looked a bit like algae all together!!           SW MixIt tank and V9067





So I found some bold brown striped fabric in stash and made a tank top.  Nice contrast, yes?                                               

                                                                             SW MixIt tank modified
 I remembered a top long neglected and pulled it out of the closet.  I made this one 2 years ago.  It works too. 





Cutting Line Hearts aFlutter tank











I was getting tired of tops and thought to make a long cardigan which current fashion is calling a duster.  I have some nice rust knit but decided to use a novelty knit to "muslin" the pattern.  A few days later I had this sparkly number waiting for topstitching and hems- Pamela's Patterns tank and cardi combo
OMG, this is going to work with some of these pieces also.

The capsule needed more pants or a skirt so I grabbed some olive print knit from stash and gave it a squeeze.  It felt really spongy-more like activewear- so I decided to make leggings or slim pants.  But I wanted a new tee shirt to counteract the sparkly number above so I used my self-draft pattern and whipped up a new tee.   Pants are next, I promise. 








Finally, I used this wonderful jersey for a 3/4 tee.  Deer & Doe Plantain tee

When I am done, I'll have 10 +  items, with the ability to make lots of combinations.  Rust cardi, olive slim pants, olive leggings, one more long tunic and I will move onto summer colors of white and blue. 

And maybe I can get Nick to use the correct lead each time!

15 comments:

  1. Great job.. Love all the mixing and matching.. Happy sewing.

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  2. Explain "capsule wardrobe" to a non-stitcher, please!

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    1. Michelle, a capsule is 6-10 pieces which work together. Usually 2 bottoms, 3 tops and a 3rd piece like a jacket or cardigan. It is a way to ensure that you can USE what you sew and not have odd garments orphaned in your closet.

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  3. Love all your items together and just think how light your suitcase will be if you take your capsule on holiday. So many outfits from a few items. My trouble is finding a base colour and working round that. With summer not too far away I don’t want a dark one and I can’t wear warm ones. I am determined to do it though.

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    1. Yes, base neutrals are the hard part. This was an experiment.

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  4. Your selection is looking very good. Not my particular colours but I can appreciate them. I'd like to do similar with cool tones. Your sentiment of one step at a time is so true.

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  5. Nice array Mary! I'm surprised at the color choices but I think they are perfect for you really. Nick is looking handsome as ever and all that hard work you've put in is really coming to fruition. Impressive!

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    1. Thanks Theresa, the colors are more fitting here in the winter. I wish we were closer...it would be fun to show you Nick's moves. I have turned on his engine and am now working on adding cadence and relaxation. He is feeling pretty powerful lately!

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  6. Wow, a couple of weeks and a stitch at a time and you have a really lovely capsule wardrobe. I always enjoy reading about other's capsule or SWAP wardrobes and how they evolved.

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    1. thanks Audrey! I love to look at capsules too.

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  7. Lots of lovely combinations. You are so right - one step at a time will get you somewhere eventually, which is so much better than just not getting anywhere.

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    1. Thanks Irene, I agree with your last statement. I would rather make mistakes than not try at all.

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  8. Great capsule sure you will get a lot of use from it. It is so wonderful to plan and execute capsule wardrobes. Amazing how they grow like topsy sometimes.

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