So I started a capsule wardrobe a few weeks ago, made up of 40 items that I’ll wear all fall and then switch out with some new items for winter. I thought that paring down my wardrobe would give me added incentive to sew, because I have a bad habit of making things and then never wearing them. Knowing that they have to go into a small rotation or 40 things should make me more mindful in drafting up clothes that are practical and well made.
I have a wonderful pattern for leggings that I’ve used a few times (McCall’s M6173). I raised the waistline a bit and cut them down some from what the pattern called for. The fabric I used for these is a cozy woven cotton blend stretch fabric with gray designs on a black background.
I also finally got around to finishing a skirt I started almost a year ago. I made it after seeing a cable knit skirt for sale that I knew I could never afford. I went thrifting and found an old sweater that I cut up and made into a warm skirt for winter. I used some scrap fabric from the leggings to make the waistband, because the sweater scraps had too much stretch to serve as a good waistband.
I have a few more projects in the works that I’ll post later as I get more work done. The first project I’ve already started is a pair of work pants that will be lined in flannel. I’m modifying a pattern I’ve had since about 2007 when low-rise jeans were all the rage. I don’t know if modifying this to my current tastes will be too difficult or not. I’ll be making the pockets bigger, adding a few more utility pockets, reinforcing the knees and sneaking in a flannel lining. I never find pants that fit and last for more than a year, so I’m hoping to get better at sewing pants and just start making all of mine.