It’s time to share my Fall/Winter Wardrobe makes for 2023! Here’s the first look in my mini capsule wardrobe, a copper knit tee and Butterick 4659 Denim Trouser. My mini capsule wardrobe is now almost entirely complete- and for once before the season is over! Bonus you can see this entire look on my newly rebranded YouTube channel!
Florida winter is rarely chilly but I’ve been slowly trying to fix up my fall wardrobe so everything can mix and match and work for this mini season. Most days the weather is in the 70’s to 80’s with a slightly cooler morning. We have the occasional cold snap that drops us to the high 40’s/50’s but that’s far and inbetween. So the trick for my winter sewing is to get that fall vibe but in climate appropriate fabrics. I really miss living in NY and NJ for my fall wardrobe. I love cozy clothes in warm autumn colors of plum, copper and navy but it’s just too hot here in Florida for that style. So I’ve slowly adapted my sewing practice to make this mini capsule wardrobe using the colors I love in lighter pieces.
This is my first look for the season and I just love it! The copper tee is a beautiful Eileen Fisher Deadstock Knit. I accidentally put this tee in the dryer and it just isn’t the same. In my next outfit post you’ll see my 3/4 sleeve tee that still has the lovely sheen this tee used to have. It hasn’t pilled though so all good!
The tee is self drafted. Just a simple fitted tee I’ve made many times beforeThe pant . I think I have the fit down with this make. I made this on the serger with a simple coverstitch for the hems in a shade of teal. Below you can see my line drawings for my mix and match Fall/ Winter Wardrobe. Shown today are the trouser (modified to no front pockets) on the left and the short sleeve tee in the center top. The other pieces all coordinate with this look!
Fall Winter Wardrobe Mini Capsule
All the Details:
Eileen Fisher Deadstock – Rayon/Spandex Jersey – Copper OOS
other colors are still available
This tencel/spandex 2-way stretch jersey has a smooth texture and beautiful drape. Use it for tank tops, tees, dresses, and more.
Wondering what “deadstock” means? Deadstock fabrics are left over from garment factories and textile mills. Instead of ending up in a landfill, this fabric comes to us! It can be a more sustainable option than newly manufactured fabrics and it’s a great way to get interesting garment fabrics (sometimes even designer pieces!).
Content: rayon/spandex blend
Weight: 4.9 oz per square yard / 165 GSM
Stretch Percentage: 50% crossgrain / 30% along the grain
Designer: Eileen Fisher
Designer Deadstock – Cotton Denim – Classic Blue OOS
other lovely deadstock denims are available!
YKK Zipper in Navy 7″: YKK #5 brass metal jean zipper, available in 5″, 6″, 7″, or 9″ and with five different tape color options. The end is closed and the slider features a flat pull, which is ideal for pants and jeans.
Butterick 4659 Vintage 70’s pattern size 14 (modified)
I left off the front pockets and belt and added curved back pockets I drafted. I added seam allowance just on the outer edge of my pattern to fix the fit.
Butterick 4659 circa 1978 Loose fitting shirt has pointed collar, front button closing, slightly dropped shoulders, short sleeves and patch pockets.Close fitting T shirt has scoop neckline, applied band with button trim and short sleeves.Slightly flared back wrapped skirt, in just below mid knee length and straight legged pants with front zipper have wide waistbands with attached narrow self ties and shaped patch pockets.
Other versions I’ve made of this T+T- Tried and True Pattern:
- Pant before being over-dyed (shown with Swiss Dot Blouse)
- Butterick 4659 Skirt
- Butterick 4659 Indigo dyed pant
- Butterick 4659 Camp Shirt
- Butterick 4659 Lac Dyed Skirt
Pinterest Mood Boards:
I’m not a big fan of jeans patterns- mainly because I hate how a back yoke looks on me- but I’ve found the sweet spot using a trouser pattern for my “jeans”. The pant is in this beautiful Classic Blue Deadstock Denim from Stonemountain & Daughter. I just love this denim and bought up 5 yards. Originally I thought I’d make a pair of jeans for my daughter too- she’s stolen my denim culottes- but she wasn’t a fan of this colorway. So instead I’m currently finishing up a denim Burda Jean Jacket with matching topstitching. It’s almost finished!
I used Butterick 4659 as my base pattern that I’ve made before many times and have gotten a great fit at this point. I left off the front pocket and added curved pockets. They were on the front but the zipper placement made them look a bit awkward so I switched them to the back. I wish now I did have those front pockets! Next pair I’m going back to my tried and true! I love the wideleg silhouette and the bright grey brown topstitching. I added a curved band extension with a large brown button which I really love the look of. My mood board for the season had a brown button detail that ran throughout so I’ve run with that with my makes this season.
On the Homefront:
It’s a new year and now that I’m working from home again ( SEO ranking for Photography Businesses) I’m really excited to have a bit more time to sew for myself. I was sewing so much for work (mostly craft and quilt projects- not my favs) that I really didn’t want to come home and sew some more. Having my work life and my hobby a bit distanced has made me a bit more focused and reinvigorated to practice my craft.
I’m also doing yoga every day with my husband (we completed the 30 day challenge together – Center ) and have continued our daily practice with Yoga with Adriene (FWFG membership). So I’m feeling strong and happy as the year begins. I just turned 47 this last week (Groundhog’s Day) and we went to the Morikami Japanese Gardens this past weekend to celebrate. It was a lovely way to celebrate another year. My husband’s birthday is next week right after Valentine’s Day so we celebrate the love all month long in February!
Sew Pomona YouTube Channel
If you want to check out my full wardrobe in action head over to my newly rebranded YouTube channel! I’ve really missed making and producing video’s- which is what I did at my last job at Art Gallery Fabrics. I created their YouTube and Social media videos (plus writing copy) in the marketing department so I’m thrilled to get back to that process- but now focused on what I love. I’m really excited to share some of my wardrobe planning tips which is my very favorite part of the my process. So stay tuned for weekly videos!
I’m going to be talking all things sewing over on my Sew Pomona YT channel with a focus on creating a perfectly curated handmade wardrobe and travel capsules plus some pattern making and drafting, sewing tips and tricks, natural dyes and of course fabric and pattern hauls. You can see a short of this outfit plus a full look into my fall and winter wardrobe on the channel now. I would just love it if you’d head over there right now and Subscribe! Just click on the embedded links:
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Back soon with the next look in my Fall and Winter Wardrobe. Until next time, Happy Sewing!