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Three Ways to Start Your Own Handmade Capsule Wardrobe

Wardrobe BuildingLiz TubmanComment

Today I want to share some tips for starting your own handmade capsule wardrobe.  I know I felt a little intimidated and overwhelmed when I was a new sewer/knitter trying to figure out where to start with making pieces of clothing I could actually use on a regular basis.  

I'll start by sharing the pieces that I've made in the last year or so that I wear regularly:

These are tried and true patterns for me, and the perfect place to start:

Look for patterns that lots of other sewers and knitters have used and loved.  Search Pinterest, Ravelry (for knitting) and Kollabora for projects that others have made from the pattern you're considering.  This way, you'll know ahead of time if there are any major issues with a pattern that might discourage you from using it in the first place.

Replace your well-worn favorites with handmade versions.  A couple of these pieces are replacements for clothing that I've worn out.  By starting with , you'll be much more likely to end up with a finished piece that you'll really enjoy wearing.  

Start with the basics!  A simple tee or button up shirt can introduce you to new skills (bias binding, collar, button plackets, cuffs!) while at the same time adding a versatile piece to your current wardrobe.