Rebecca Page Blog Tour – Sewing for the Changing Seasons

I’m excited for my turn to share on Turning the Page: Sewing for the Seasons Blog Tour for Rebecca Page! I used this opportunity to sew a mini fall capsule wardrobe (using ONLY Rebecca Page patterns). I’ve been a capsule wardrobe sewist for several years and I’m hooked for life. The simple premise is to make pieces that mix and match and coordinate/layer to decrease the number of times you will yell “I HAVE NOTHING TO WEAR!!!” at your full closet.

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I’m sewing for fall here in the Southwest United States (Northern New Mexico). I live in the high desert mountains which means, we might have a few more days where we get close to 90 degrees, but most likely we will have a two months of 70s and 80s before we could potentially start seeing snow around Halloween. The mornings are cool and crisp and we’ve had an abundance of monsoons in the last month that’s made the desert bloom. It’s beautiful. But the leaves will be turning soon enough!

One of the keys to dressing in this climate is to utilize layers – since it’s chilly in the mornings and warm in the afternoon (and always cool again after the sun goes down). I built my fall capsule with some beautiful colors and some basic neutrals that can be mix and matched together and with almost anything else in my wardrobe. I also picked fabric with different textures because I’m crazy like that (and by crazy, I mean the satin and the chiffon drove me totally bonkers – I love how they turned out but they were a huge pain to sew).

Outfit #1 – Chloe Cami in satin and Peggy Pencil skirt in gray ponte.

Outfit #1 with my Rebecca Page Kingston Jacket as a layer. Because a classic denim jacket is the perfect all seasons layering piece. Classic. If you don’t have one, you should.

Outfit #2 Chloe Cami with my woven jogger hack using the bottoms from the Cerena Romper. They are made out of a navy midweight crepe of some sort (which I got for a steal while fabric shopping years ago in LA with my dear friend Lindsay Heath Holder).

Outfit #3 Woven joggers with chiffon Neve blouse.

Outfit #4 Neve blouse with Peggy Pencil. I should note that I usually make my pencil skirts above the knee length, but I thought I’d play around with this longer midi length – party because it’s fall and I thought more coverage would be better, partly because I have this vision of styling it in a sporty way with tennis shoes and a knotted over-sized tee. And probably my denim jacket. Stay tuned.

Thanks for stopping by! I hope you enjoyed my makes – if you are looking for these patterns, check out the Rebecca Page site HERE. I also hope you enjoy the rest of the blog tour – check out all the posts below, visit our sponsors, and don’t forget to enter the rafflecopter!

Please visit all the stops on the Turning the Page: Sewing for the Changing Seasons Blog Tour with Rebecca Page. Don’t forget to comment on the blogs each day and enter a Rafflecopter giveaway for a chance to win some fantastic prizes from our fabric sponsors!

  1. August 20: Rebecca Page (Intro), SewjournsSoul fed on Thread
  2. August 21: Sarcastic Sewist, PatchWitchFlaxfield Sewing by Anca
  3. August 22: Princesse et TresorsBellephant, The Scatty Sewer
  4. August 23: BigFlyNotions, Stitched by Jennie, Millie’s Place Handmade
  5. August 24: Sweet Sprocket, Australian Sewing, Advice & Inspiration, The Sewing Unicorn
  6. August 25: LIVIALITYDiskordia’s Curvy Sewing, Simply Kyra
  7. August 26: Seams So Lo, Middle River Studio, Jot Designs

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{Capsule Wardrobe Planning} Part 1: Get Inspired

I’m a planner.  I’ve always been a planner.  One of the most important sewing lessons I’ve learned is to sew with a plan.  Practicing this has made my sewing time so much more enjoyable.

The question often comes up about where to start… how to start… when to start?  Well, that’s easy – start now.  I’ll share my how and where to start and – while everyone plans a little differently – it’s what I’ve found works best for me.  Plus, it’s fun.  I live in a constant state of inspiration and I’m always thinking about things I want to make next.

Since before I started sewing, I had a Fashion board on Pinterest.  I’d just had a baby and changed jobs and I was trying to figure out my style – or what I wanted my style to be. Over the years, I’ve continued to add to that board when I see an outfit I like.  Here’s a little confession – I spend 5 or 10 minutes right before bed every night on Pinterest.  It helps lull me into dreamland with thoughts of all the beautiful clothes I’m going to make. I know… It’s cheesy – that’s why it’s called a confession.

When the time comes for me to plan my seasonal capsule, I examine my fashion board on Pinterest with a keen eye.  I’m looking for:

  • Similar colors – often times I can pick out 4 or 5 colors I’ve pinned over and over
  • Similar styles – lots of pencil skirts? skinny jeans? cardigans?
  • Similar prints – stripes, florals, paisley (always paisley for me)

This is the base of my planning – the inspiration.  It often happens over several days.  I take notes along the way.  Maybe I will work on coming up with a template like my friend Mac made, here: Capsule Wardrobe Planning Template but geared toward early planning (stay tuned) – but for now, some notes and few photos will work.

Once I have the list of items based on my inspirational outfits, I review my patterns (which I also pinned on Pinterest so that I have an easy visual) and I look for a similar pattern in my pattern library.  This is another good practice because RARELY (like never) do I find myself in need of actually buying a new pattern.  I add the pattern to my notes and then I delve into the fabric stash, grabbing pieces based on my notes.

I should disclose that both the list of items that I jot down and my pile of fabric are often way too long for what I actually end up sewing.  This is more like an audition to see what is going to make the final cut.  I lay out all the fabrics and see how they coordinate, keeping in mind that one of the key tenets to a capsule wardrobe is the ability to mix and match outfits.  This is, again, a process that takes me a few days – refining the fabric choices and seeing how those fabrics will (or won’t) mesh with my planned items.  I’m a colorful person, so my plan often includes lots of color – but primarily solids with a few prints.  I know this because I’ve spent a lot of time thinking about it and making plans for my sewing.  So don’t stress if you don’t know what you want your plan to look like.

Think, explore, ponder some more and when you are happy with your vision, you can start sewing!

P.S. If you want to follow me on Pinterest or see how I do my inspiration board, here it is: Sarah’s Fashion Board

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