Capsules enable you to get the most out of your patterns
|I love the 'bad girl' look|
I have quite a few patterns available for sale now and I thought it was time to start making some outfits based on 2 or 3 patterns. I am very proud of the patterns I have published so far and I am also pleased that my vision of providing a set of basic patterns that can be used for lots of design ideas is starting to take shape. I have only just started on my Fashion File collection. My Fashion Files are pattern hacks that show you some of the potential of the basic patterns.
I would love to have a wardrobe full of co-ordinating clothes that I could put together to make lots of outfits and I thought that my dolls would probably like that too.
My original Spring Capsule uses 3 purchased patterns.
Since this Spring Capsule was my first capsule I thought I should stick with some pretty basic designs, all of which I had patterns for. I suggest that you do the same first time round at least.
I sold my original Spring Capsule so I have included some photos of version 2. Version 2 is more of a Sporty Casual style but still 2 tops, two bottoms and a jacket.
You can see pictures of the original Feminine Soft Spring Capsule in Part 1 and Part 2
Version 2 uses 2 more patterns but I could have made a sleeveless hoodie jacket without the hood from 1801 and used the cap sleeve in 1801 to make the sparkly t-shirt and stuck with just the same 3 patterns.
Based on my formula of:
- 2 tops
- 2 bottoms
- 1 jacket
I have a sleeveless open neck blouse. This is easy to make. Depending on your sewing skills or pattern collection you could make a shirt with collar and stand instead. I want to try a shirt with the shoulders cut in close to the collar like a halter neck but I will have to wait until I finish making the shirt pattern. Version 2 has two knit tops.
|A white relaxed fit tank top and sheer gathered skirt.|
Nice for school with sneakers.
|Sparkly slim fit T-shirt with the skirt.|
Off to the school dance with cute shoes.
|Add a jacket and swap the shoes and|
she is off to the movies with friends.
For bottoms I suggest one skirt and one trousers just to make the outfits look more different. A gathered skirt looks cute and feminine. You could add a second ruffle too. I have a free hanky skirt just about to be published that will give you a full circle flared skirt to add to the yoke for a flared skirt option.
|Nothing says 'attitude' like black tights and boots,|
even with a cute skirt.
|Pop on the gathered pull-ons and she is ready for|
a farm excursion or hiking.
|Swap the shirt and shoes and she is ready for|
a play date.
The gathered pull-ons can also be found free around the web. I think mine are better and worth the small cost. I just made them up plain for speed and a non fussy look. You can always add applique or pockets or top stitching to give them a different look. My 1813 Gathered Pull-ons have quite a narrow leg and not much ease at the waist so the fit is neat. My 1812 Flat front pull-ons have a wider leg and a generous back gather and of course the flat front looks good with shirts tucked in.
For my jacket I decided on a cardigan to fit with the feminine style I was going for. It is easy to make from a knit shirt pattern that has long sleeves. I used my 1801 Classic Knits pattern with just a few adjustments. I will go into how I made both versions of my Spring Capsule next week.
|Nothing wrong with double denim.|
- Blouse (1806)
- Tank Top (1801) The sparkly t-shirt is the one I included with the Bubble Skirt pattern but there are some free ones out there that look similar.
- Skirt (Free)
- Trousers (1813)
- Cardigan (1801) The denim vest is a prototype of my denim jacket to be published soon.
The purchased patterns I used for my original Spring capsule are:
See my Free Patterns Page and my Fashion Files Page for more ideas.
Next week in Part 4 I show you how I made the garments and what adjustments I made to get the look I wanted and more suggestions for getting the most out of your basic patterns.