How to create a boy's fall/winter capsule
Today I'm going to share with you how to create a boy's fall/winter capsule wardrobe using Ellie & Mac patterns. Capsule wardrobes are all the rage right now, and I personally love the idea because it makes it easy for my husband to dress our boys and still end up with something that matches! There are a couple different ways to plan out your capsule wardrobe: you can make neutral bottoms that match any top - which gives you more flexibility with fabric choices for tops – or you can select more bold colors for bottoms and then choose fabrics for the tops that feature multiple of your bottoms colors. I went with the latter route for this capsule, designed for my almost-three-year-old son.
First up we have the Unisex Joggers pattern. I chose the solid option but this pattern also includes some super fun color blocking if you want to get creative! I used a black french terry with black cotton lycra for the waistband and cuffs. These were a very quick sew and are perfect, basic play pants that will match nearly any top.
Next is the Boy's Fly Pants which I made with a bright red french terry, and matching red cotton lycra for the waistband. This pattern has an optional front pocket and belt loops. Since I chose several fabrics with red in them for the tops, these pants actually have a lot of mix and match potential!
The Boy's Moto Pants pattern is a relatively recent one from Ellie & Mac, and if you haven't sewn it up yet I highly recommend trying it out. It's definitely a bit more time consuming than the other pants patterns in this capsule, but the details are so adorable and on trend. Don't let the moto patch scare you – it's really quite simple if you have a double needle. I made this pair in a navy blue which also coordinates with several of the tops.
Finally, for the last pair of pants, we have the Wild Wide Legs Pants pattern. I used a beige french terry for these, with cotton lycra for the waistband. I love the cargo pockets and since my son is a huge fan of pockets, I know he will too.
Now for the fun part: the tops. Ellie & Mac has so many great patterns for colorblocking. One of my favorites is the Undercover Hoodie (which is unisex, so also great for girls!). This one will coordinate with all four of the pants, making it easy to throw together an outfit.
The Zayne Hoodie is a super fun pattern featuring optional layered sleeves, front kangaroo pocket, and a color blocked front and back. My kid immediately put legos into his now-officially-a-lego-pocket. This one looked great paired with any of the pants as well.
This next shirt is actually the Unisex Half Pipe Tee pattern! I cut the 1/4” seam allowance off the center front of the front pattern piece and then cut it on the fold, and then used the short and long sleeve options to create faux layered sleeves. This shirt pairs best with the black or red pants, making it a little less versatile but still very fun.
This hoodie – one of my favorites - was made with the Boy's Swag Hoodie pattern. What makes this pattern unique is the raglan sleeves! This pattern also has a short sleeve option, and features trendy details like side vents on the waistband. I liked this hoodie best with the black or red pants.
What capsule wardrobe would be complete without a raglan? Ellie and Mac has a great Unisex Raglan pattern. The fabric I used for this one makes it pair well with the black, red, or tan pants.
That's it for my son's capsule – but as a bonus, I also made a pair of pajamas. The shirt was made using the Be Rad Hoodie pattern using the included neckband option. The pants are the Sunday Morning Sweats.
Thanks for reading and I hope I've inspired you to have fun creating a capsule wardrobe! (This post contains affiliate links)