Maker Capsule Wardrobe: nailing what works for you

It’s so great when you put something out there and it’s not met with total silence. You guys were really into the first post in the Maker Capsule series – it was great to see you’re into the concept as much as I am.

So, let’s geek out some more today shall we? 🙂

Maker Capsule wardrobe series - how to nail what works for you. Free planner to help you nail down what will work for you.

Why start my capsule wardrobe by thinking about what works for me?

Look, I get it. It’s tempting to jump right in and start looking at inspiration boards, clearing out closets and to get making. But before you do any of that you need to think about what works for you.

When I started my capsule wardrobe a few years ago I leaned heavily on the Colette Wardrobe Architect series (super great and definitely worth a read). I went all the way through and then super excitedly began making button down shirts and formal trousers. I then hung them proudly in my wardrobe and waited to wear them.

But I never really did.

The problem was – I never really sat down and thought about what my life actually involved (which is not button down shirts or formal trousers). Bummer.

So you’re with me now, right? The reason I think this it’s totally crucial to think about what your life is really like before starting (or restarting) on your capsule journey is that it’s going to save you a lot of heartache in the end.


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ok well What’s going to work for Me?

I mentioned a lot about my process in detail right in this post here. Essentially, it’s about sitting down and working out what you spend your time doing. What you actually spend your time doing in a typical month. Do you work in a corporate office 5 days a week, flamenco dance regularly (if so – go you!)? Or maybe you spend a lot of time outside or going out for really nice dinners (get you being all fancy!).

Some key questions to ask yourself:

  • What do you spend your time doing?
  • What do you feel best in while doing those activities?
  • Are there any specific qualities your clothes need to have (be warm, respectful, allow lots of movement)?

To make it all a bit easier for you, I’ve put together a downloadable capsule wardrobe planner. It’s got everything you need to take you through this first part of the process and hopefully help you nail down what works for you.

Find it right here.

You’re welcome 🙂

Once you start to think about what you do you can start to nail down what you want to look like doing those activities you and start to look for inspiration. Come back next week and we’ll talk about finding your inspiration in unlikely places.

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  • Thank you for that downloadable questionnaire/worksheet! I’m printing it out now to add to my “wardrobe plan”. I’ve been working with the Curated Wardrobe for over a year and it’s helping for sure 🙂 I like especially the idea of the pie chart. I saw one recently done by someone that I thought was brilliant. To SEE it on a pie chart simplifies the whole process enormously. Working on a capsule wardrobe has been a huge learning for me – it has really slowed down my sewing in a good way. Now when I’m setting off to make a garment I take much more time in the planning stages – drawing, fitting, pondering, embellishment planning. I realize I don’t need a LOT of clothes, just ones that I love a lot, put a lot of work into and take care of.

  • I think in five years, my wardrobe will be amezeballs!
    I used to have a wardrobe for a much fancier life than I have. After I sat down and put some tought into what makes up my life and what I spend my time doing, my eyes sort of opened. And I started cleaning out my closet slowly. I still am cleaning it out, do not wan’t to rush myself.

  • I love this! And thank you for the planner! I moved to a tropical island almost three years ago and, as wonderful as that is, I find my style is still stuck in Europe where there are seasons. There’s also so much eye-candy out there, it’s sometimes difficult not to go make something that looks amazing on all the sewers on Instagram, but just really doesn’t fit my life. I feel like I’m constantly trying to plan better so that I have a wardrobe I’m happy with…hopefully I’ll finally nail it down!