Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Capsule Wardrobe: The Prep

I officially start my capsule wardrobe on February 11. It's so close!
I've been keeping busy with some prep work:
  • cutting out patterns
  • finding matching zippers, threads and buttons
  • organizing my sewing space
  • making sure I have some new needles
  • oiling and cleaning my machine (check out this free Craftsy class for tips!)
  • checking for advice, mods, and any errors for my chosen patterns (with google and Pattern Review)

Some of the patterns I'm hoping to sew are pieces I've never tried before. And some are retro patterns (like the image above).
I'm no expert on sewing patterns, never mind the history of them, but I find it interesting that all of the pre-1980s patterns I have come with only ONE size. Modern patterns are multi-sized. Anyone know what gives with this? (that said, here's some interesting info/tips on retro patterns).

I also wanted to share: a few weeks ago I asked for you all to vote on which shrug I should knit. The winner by a landslide was Radial!
So I'm looking forward to downloading the pattern and finding the yarn!
1Join me and create your own capsule wardrobe for this spring and summer!


kingshearte said...

I've been intrigued for a while by your capsule wardrobe project, but I'm not quite prepared to commit to tackling one myself yet. That said, I just went on a little journey through some of the resources you linked to, and I found myself thinking that, with the possibility of studying abroad for a couple of years looming (although that particular word makes it sound negative, which it certainly isn't), applying at least some of these concepts to the wardrobe that I'll take with me would probably make a lot of sense. I'll be thinking on this some more...

Elena Knits said...

I guess nesting sizes on modern patterns was just natural evolution. The first patters were not printed and just had holes or notches to indicate darts, tucks or other things. Then printed patterns were released, and I think it was just a matter of time until the multisize patters were born.