Good lord, Louis needs some clothes for the upcoming change in seasons. Badly. Kiddo has grown so much and his entire closet has been cleared of things that are too short for him. Nothing is more motivating to get sewing done than a capsule challenge, and I'm super happy that Megan and Judy decided to put together the Spring Mini Capsule!
You can read more about the process and snag yourself a template so you can plan your own capsule and sew-a-long with us HERE.
Normally, I would jump at the chance to sew a million pieces of clothing for myself, but I chose to do the capsule for Louis for a couple of reasons. Of course, he needs clothes. I've already said that. But I also thought it'd be neat to show how easy it is to capsule a boy's wardrobe as well. I've never once seen it done for those with the XY chromosomal combo...why not give it a go? Plus, my style is never one that will properly capsule. I don't really wear layers and I like wacky prints. It'd be hard to contain me...haha.
As per my usual, I haven't followed the rules. I know, I know. I have issues. (Remember when I was supposed to sew a small capsule for the Back To School Tour I did and ended up making a million pieces?? Whoops.) I decided to make a more "true" capsule, and include the extras and create that lovely sudoku for Lou's wardrobe. So instead of 9 pieces, I'll be including 12 "makeable" items. Two of them are accessories and crazy quick to make...so I'm really only going one over the rest of girls.
I'll be attempting to only sew with fabrics that I own already. Stash busting is a great therapy, you know?? And I'm making sure to mix a couple of things into this capsule that I've already made for Louis. So it's not as intimidating as it sounds!
Because it's still such a transitional period of weather around here, I didn't want to go full-blown summer. My plan is to create a mix of warm-ish weather clothes. Short sleeves, a jacket for cooler mornings/evenings, long pants and shorts, and a couple of fun extras.
Here's my plan (which is subject to change, of course, haha):
- Baby Bear Joggers (in a lightweight, stretch "denim looking" cotton)
- Cpt. Comfort Jean Shorts (upcycled from some denim jeans that were supposed to be donated a million years ago)
- Cpt. Comfort Khaki Pants (to also help him get through the rest of the school year's uniform-wear)
- Cpt. Comfort Corduroy Pants (upcycled from some of Bennett's pants)
- Jolly Roger Raglan (upcycled from a Star Wars pj set)
- YoHo Henley (fabric from my stash)
- Deep Sea V (fabric from my stash)
- Jolly Roger Raglan (fabric from my stash)
"EXTRAS" (LAYERS / ACCESSORIES)
- Lumberjack Shirt (this one is finished! We are using the Fox Jacket I made during the PR+P contest, Lou loves this jacket!)
- Slouchy Hat / Baseball Hat (I haven't decided if we want a lightweight slouchy hat or if I should make him a baseball cap. Lou will have to be the final deciding factor on this one.)
- Cpt Mack Cardigan (We have this one finished as well! It's a navy blue french terry sweater and can be mixed into his school uniform wardrobe too.)
- Necklace (Louis loves accessories and I thought it'd be fun to include this as one of his pieces. We will probably be making something together.)
- Rain Boots (these need bought/ordered still. But a kiddo needs to be able to stomp around our creek out front, right?)
- Sandals (we tend to get those basic, brown leather types with straps. Easy in/out.)
- Casual Sneakers (something that can be worn with "nicer" clothes, so dress shoes aren't exactly needed. We have these already!)
- High-top Sneakers (shoes that can be worn anywhere, and that are the most used. We have these too!)
Overwhelmed? Don't be! I swear that it's going to be such a breeze to make this happen. And if I need / want to switch something out as I'm putting it all together, it's totally okay! I'm already thinking about maybe switching out the corduroy pants for some Pirate PlayGround Pants, cut into a short length. But we will see!
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