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3 Wardrobes Based on Simplicity Threads 8748

One pattern and 3 sewers yield 21 outfits for inspiration.
Threads #199, Oct./Nov. 2018
Left to right: Carol, Katie, and Sarah sewed ensembles based on Simplicity Threads 8748.

A capsule wardrobe refers to a collection of classic garments that work together in ensembles, as well as with other items in your closet, to offer cohesive and stylish outfits. The concept has developed into a strong trend because, with a little planning, it offers an ongoing source of dependable looks. Getting dressed becomes one less source of stress.

How to pull it together

The precise plans and definitions for a capsule wardrobe can depend on the individual selecting or sewing it. In this Web Extra to “Three Capsule Wardrobes,” Threads #199, Oct./Nov. 2018, you can see all 21 outfit variations. It includes the separates sewn by Katie Strano, editorial assistant; Carol J. Fresia, senior technical editor; and Sarah McFarland, editor. All the pieces were based on Simplicity Threads 8748. The article provides specific information about the sewing techniques used with the various knit and woven fabrics, and the pattern modifications made to each version. Take what applies to your tastes as inspiration for sewing your own capsule workwear wardrobe. Although the outfits shown below were sewn to coordinate, each piece could work with other separates for an exponential number of outfits.

Capsule wardrobe variations







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    barbconn | | #1

    I love these. I like that the slacks seem to have an elasticize waist. What elastic did you use?

  2. carolfresia | | #2

    Hi, Barb Conn,
    I used elastic purchased from Louise Cutting, at CuttingLineDesigns.com. It's a soft, sew-through elastic. It is intended to be stitched in place rather than just threaded through a waist casing, as I used it, but it works fine this way. I stitched in the ditch at the side seams to prevent twisting. I love this elastic and use it on all pull-on style skirts and pants. It has tremendous stretch and is very comfortable.
    Carol J. Fresia
    Threads Senior Technical Editor

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