Spring Summer 2023 Wardrobe Plans

Sewing & Wardrobe Planning Inspiration for my Handmade Capsule Wardrobe

So I like to start my wardrobe planning with 3 words that express the look, style and mood I want to express through my clothing. My words for the season are Eclectic, Oceanic and Ease.

Eclectic ~ Ease ~ Oceanic

Eclectic to remind me to mix it up a bit, play with silhouettes and texture and add some creative flair to my designs. Ease- I prefer my clothing to be just that- easy. Comfortable and easy to mix and match. And Oceanic. I want some nautical flair to represent my favorite place to be…on the water. I love living in Florida close to the beach and anywhere coastal is where I envision myself.

Spring/Summer 2023

Mood Boards:

Here’s the article I mentioned in my video about the knit pants from Christine Jonson that inspired me to get the pattern I’ll be sewing up this Spring!

We are planning another amazing trip for nest year- Summer 2024- to Italy! I love these large family vacations! My sister has already booked our Villa on the Amalfi Coast so most of the things I plan to sew this spring and summer are pieces I want to wear for that trip. We’ll be on the Coast for a week and then spend 4 days in Rome- I can’t wait!

My husband and kids have never been so I’m really excited to show them some of my favorite places in Rome. I studied art in Cortona, Italy for a semester in college and then backpacked around Europe for a month and have such wonderful memories of my time abroad!

My sister and her family are all in the process of getting their Italian citizenship. Her husband is already a citizen and the kids just went through, but her process takes a bit longer as she has to pass a language test before continuing the process. I speak a bit of Italian from my time there but haven’t had anyone to practice with in years. It will be lovely to have family that is a bit more fluent to travel with.

What I’m wearing in the YT video:

My favorite sources for Ponte Knits:

  • The Sewing Workshop – https://www.sewingworkshop.com/
  • Nancy Nix Rice (Fab Four) – https://www.nancynixrice.com/  @nancynix-rice5550 
  • Marcy Tilton Fabrics – https://marcytilton.com/

Here is the Full Video if you want to check it out:


CORE Fabrics

  • Organic Cotton + Tencel Stretch Knit Jersey – Deep Teal
  • Core Collection Lightweight Silky Cotton Poplin – Cream
  • Core Collection Lightweight Silky Cotton Poplin – Beige
  • Tencel™ Modal Spandex Ribbed Knit – Teal
  • Organic Cotton Striped Baby Rib Knit – Navy + Cream

Floral Panel Print Rayon Challis – Rose + Blue + Black-

This print has been in my stash for almost a year. I incorrectly labeled it in the video- it is also from Core fabrics.

Plus what I just ordered to remake my White Cupro dress in this beautiful emerald color and some black swimwear.

The Sewing Workshop:

Ponte Knit – Mint

This beautiful mint blue-green (with a slightly grey cast) is a lovely, neutral color to add to your wardrobe. Pair it with chocolate brown – after all, mint-chocolate chip is a classic combo – or keep it light with cream, fawn, and blush pink.

This medium-weight ponte knit has a smooth hand, medium drape, and 4-way stretch. This fabric is suitable for tops, cardigans, pants, jackets, and skirts.

Contents 65% Viscose, 30% Nylon, 5% Spandex

Width 60″ wide

Polynosic/Spandex Knit – Pecan

Polynosic fabric is a modified modal rayon that has an especially soft hand and is stable. This sand-washed pique has a horizontal stretch and matte finish. This fabric looks and feels luxurious. It is suitable for shirts, dresses, skirts, pants, and lightweight jackets. Try it as a London Shirt or pair of Picasso Pants. To learn more about working with this fabric, tune into our video Sewing Polynosic Knit into Slinky Pants.

Contents 96% Polynosic, 4% Spandex

Width 60″ wide

Ponte Knit – Ink Blue

A fantastic quality fabric, this ponte knit is made from rayon to resist pilling. A classic ponte knit in rich blue this medium weight fabric is suitable for top or bottom garments.T his fabric as 4-way stretch; 25% stretch.

Contents 65% Rayon, 30% Nylon, 5% Spandex

Width 59″ wide

Looking for a light and airy fabric that is perfect for summer? Look no further than our Orange Arabesques and Polka Dots Printed Silk Charmeuse Fabric! Made from the finest quality silk fibers, this beautiful fabric is soft to the touch and offers a stunning drape. Perfect for blouses, dresses, skirts, and more, this fabric is sure to become a favorite in your wardrobe. Plus, the orange arabesques and polka dot print will add a touch of whimsy and fun to any outfit. Order yours today and enjoy the cool comfort of silk all summer long!

Monaco Linen – Navy

This light-midweight linen has a beautifully soft hand and drape. It’s perfect for blouses, dresses, skirts, light jackets, and more. This fabric coordinates with our popular medium-heavyweight Nevada Linen.

Content: 100% linen
Width: 60″
Weight: 3.83 oz per square yard / 130 GSM
Country of Origin: Manufacturer produces in both Ireland and Poland.

Organic French Twill-59/60″ (White and Natural)

This fabric is combed cotton that is micro sanded for a luxurious feel. The end use for this fabric includes general apparel such as pants, shorts, skirts, and shirts.

Width: 59/60″ Wide 

Content: 100% Organic GOTS Certified Cotton 

Weight: 4.5 oz Weight

Care: Preshrunk 5% maximum

Made In: India 


White and Natural Blue sheer print (Fabric from Greece)



Kalamiotou 10, Athina 105 60, Greece


Current Patterns:

Vintage Patterns:

  • Vogue Patterns American Designer- Anna Sui V1177 and V1178
  • McCall’s 3129 Misses Swim Suits size 10
  • Kwik Sew 487 Ladies Tank Top Butterick 4659 Misses Shirt, T-shirt, Skirt & Pants Size 14
  • Vogue 9902 Blouse Butterick 4259 Kenzo 1970’s Size 10

Alright- so that’s plenty for today! I hope you enjoyed this planning post. Be sure to check out the YT video for more in depth info.

I’m releasing a new video today on Finding your Colors using David Zyla’s Color Your Style. So be sure to check that out too!

Luxurious tones, expansive, relaxed feeling of life where the sun is always shining. The sun bakes the summer colors into hazy, shaded tones, touched with morning mist. Goes with the flow, serene. Honest and detail oriented, nurturing, and warm. Understands the importance of rest and relaxation.

Quiet stillness and a Sense of wonder

Archetype: The Glamorous Career Girl

My colors:

Essence: Vanilla cream, ivory, honey, seashell, rose pink
Romantic: rose, raspberry, dusty rose
Dramatic: Lapis, cobalt, ultramarine, turquoise, pacific blue, teal, sapphire, emerald, peacock
Energy: Dusty Teal Blue, Steel Blue, True Blue, Rich Aqua
Tranquil: Pale Aqua, Amber, Honey, Golden

My Bases:
1st base: deep teal blue, deep cornflower
2nd base: sable, sienna
3rd base: tawny, honey, caramel, copper

Back soon with some fresh makes for Spring! Happy Sewing!

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