Let's be honest. Our closets are full of clothes we rarely, barely, or never wear, and all too often, we carry on buying more clothes we don't need because we don't know what we already have or don't know how to make what we have work together.
But when it comes to clothing, more is not better. Most people regularly wear the same two dozen items and hardly ever touch the rest of the mess in their closets and drawers.
If this sounds a little too on the nose, consider instead sewing a capsule wardrobe -- a well-curated collection of basics you'll wear regularly, in which each piece works with every other piece.
Doing so will not only save you time, money, space, and the aggravation of deciding what to wear or pack, it's also a much more fiscally and environmentally responsible, conscientious, and sustainable approach.
This fall, we're recommending five uber flexible patterns and fabrics you can mix and match to easily create dozens of outfits that you can dress up or down with shoe and accessory choices.
Sewing smarter has never looked better!
Ready? Here we go!
Ikatee x le labo d'isa's Jumpsuit + Playsuit + Dress Trio in Birch Fabrics' Rum Raisin Solid Linen — Super stylish and comfy. Wear it with flats for weekend errands or heels and a jacket for work or a night out.
Ikatee x Petites Choses Ida Mum Blouse, Dress or Tee Shirt in Olive Gingham (Japanese import) or Liberty Fabrics' A Castle Tara Lawn — One of our favorite tops. Modern, elegant, and romantic, but classic style with enduring details that won't fall out of vogue.
Closet Case's Jenny Trousers in Robert Kauffman's Black from Essex — Classic interpretation of vintage workwear. These wide-leg trousers with ultra highrise waist are a more sophisticated alternative to jeans while being equally comfy versatile.
Friday Pattern Company's The Ilford Jacket in Ruby Society's Warp Weft Heirloom Saddle with Multi Narrow Stripes — This impactful yet straightforward jacket can be customized in a million different ways or even add lining. It's hands down the perfect fall layering piece.
Grainline Studios' Scout Tee in Riley Blake Designs' Stretch Jersey Knit Grey — Fitted at the shoulders and more relaxed below the bust, this scoop neck layers well under your jacket, jumpsuit, or sweaters.