How To Sew A Winter Capsule

How To Sew A Winter Capsule

Hi there! 

I’ve been testing and sewing Ellie and Mac Patterns for as long as I could remember. So I know a lot of the patterns and am able to pick the ones I need to create what I have envisioned. I see a lot of sewists making capsules, and have been wanting to give it a try for ages… But how do you get started? There are so many patterns to choose from…

What a capsule is? It’s when you create several garments that you can mix and match to create a different look with every combination. You can wear several outfits, by making different combo’s.

I followed two rules:

  • Stay true to yourself
  • Layering 

#1 Staying true to myself

I like to wear dresses, but almost never wear skirts. So, even through there are some pretty neat Ellie and Mac skirt patterns, I just didn’t pick one to sew a capsule.

I rather wear and sew stretchy fabrics, so patterns that ask for woven fabric didn’t get any attention from me for this project either.

I also wanted my capsule to consist of garments I can wear on a daily basis, to work and at home. So rather casual. But at the same time I wanted to be able to dress it up a little, and make it a more formal combination. And then I aimed really high, and went for a festive touch, with the upcoming end-of-the-year parties in mind…

#2 Layering

To create a casual outfit, I chose the Good Vibes Joggers, but I did use my hacked-into-pants-look adjustment. I went for a black, stretchy suede fabric. Because you know… black. And it is so soft!

I created a shirt to go with it by using the day-to-night top. I did adjust it to have a turtle neck.
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I love the look of the Elevated Blazer Jacket. It is perfect for layering and gives your garment a more formal touch.

I wanted it to be special and not so ordinairy, so I picked a fabric that was in my stash for ages. It’s a see-through mesh fuchia fabric with faux-leather flowers on it, so I lined the blazer to be able to wear it over any top. I chose the rounded hemline and left of closure.


Then for the festive part: a dress of course! And I went for a real show-stopper: the tulipdress. It is a pretty thightfitting dress with gathers in the side seam from the hips down. This way, you get a fun V-shaped hemline. Giving it a sexier look. I used a stretch jacquard for it.

I love how my first try on making a capsule turned out!
If you want to give it a try, here are the patterns I used all toghether (these are affiliate links):


Enjoy yourselves and happi hollidays!

Greetings from Belgium!

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(Written by: Deborah Ingelrelst)

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