Sewing a Wardrobe Capsule

So I am finally ready to start sharing the Business Causal Wardrobe Capsule I have been working on. Both of these items were made as part of the #GetawaywithALD capsule challenge. The object was to create several items of clothing that work together as part of a closet capsule collection for a summer getaway. I have no plans to get away this summer, so I am sewing for a business casual work setting. Typically, a capsule is for a minimalist. If you follow my blog you probably can assume I have an overly full closet…several closets, dressers, and a random clothing rack in the basement. It is a safe bet, I am not a minimalist by any means, but I really do like when I can mix and match outfits to extend my clothing options. My work wardrobe is always lacking in interchangeable garments. So let’s start with these two pieces.

ALD Capsule 2

My love for the Diane Joggers continues! This time, they aren’t part of my Copy Cat series. This time, I just wanted some fun floral print pants. I am so happy that I have finally dialed in my fit for these pants. Now I can just grab the pattern and start cutting. It takes me less than 2 hours to cut and sew these pants. Perfect for last minute wardrobe needs and instant gratification sewing! I think these get a little faster with each pair I make.

ALD Capsule 5


Again, I chose to make a 4x waist and graded down to a 3x leg. I love that now these pants stay up without elastic sewn into them. Properly fitting pants are so comfortable. It is pretty amazing what a difference proper fit makes in overall comfort of any clothing. I typically hate wearing dress pants, but these pants are so wearable. If you are wondering, I do consider amazing floral print pants to be dress pants! This Liverpool fabric called Blythe, is available here.

ALD Capsule

I decided to sew up a new tank top to wear with my floral pants. I used a light blue solid double brushed poly and the Virginia Tank pattern to make it happen. I have used this pattern a dozen times at this point. I am nearly certain I could sew it with my eyes clothes. It takes me about 40 minutes to cut, sew and finish. The most time consuming part is clipping and sewing the neck and arm bands in place. I love this pale blue color and it will pair up with so many things in my closet. I very rarely sew anything in solids, but sometimes they are necessary. I have now made several solid tanks! I love having tanks that fit me properly and in every color I need. As a plus size person, store bought tanks tend to be wider in the body, but the same length as smaller sizes. Let’s be real for a minute, “This girl” doesn’t wear crop tops. Honestly, I rarely wearing a shirt that is considered ‘top length.” I hate my stomach, I especially hate how it looks peeking out of the bottom of a shirt. We all have body issues and this is BY FAR my biggest one. When I make a tank top, I can customize the length for my exact preferences.

ALD Capsule 4

I ordered both of these fabric from Amelia Lane Designs. This floral print is called Blythe and it is Liverpool and so pretty. I love that Liverpool is a knit, but has some structure. By structure, I mean that it won’t hang limply over my body. I continue to be obsessed with floral print and I just don’t know if that will ever end! You can pick up this one or a lot of other Liverpool prints here.

The solid light blue is double brushed poly. I love DBP and make the majority of my clothes from it. It is nearly perfect for everything except waist bands and things that need structure! Amelia Lane Designs stocks several solid DBP’s and you can view them here.

ALD Capsule 3

Pattern Details Below

Here is the pattern link for The Diane Joggers  

Women’s Sizes XXS – 5X plus all these options

  • 3 rise heights (low/maternity, mid, and high)
  • Shorts, Capri, and Long cut lengths
  • 4 leg finishes – cuffed, hemmed, drawstring, or elastic
  • Information for both hemming and using bands (hello no hemming!)
  • 6 waistband options – Encased elastic, drawstring, Knit, Yoga Foldover, Contour, Maternity (underbelly)


Virginia Tank Pattern

  • Tank top with optional built-in bra
  • Separate full bust adjustment (FBA) pattern pieces for the tank and bra
  • Knee length or Maxi length skirt
  • Skirt can be made from woven or knit fabric
  • Tank top has two neckline options in the front and two neckline options in the back
  • Dress can be made with knit waistband or elastic casing
  • Maternity option
  • Pockets!
  • Sizes XXS-5XL
  • Matching girls’ option! Check out the Girls’ Virginia Tank & Maxiand get 10% off when you buy both patterns at once!

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Author: SequoiaLynnSews

I am a single dog mom of two and we happily reside in a small house in Ohio. We spend our days playing fetch, digging holes in the garden, and sewing, lots of sewing. We have high hopes of moving to the mountains someday. The dogs don’t really know that yet, but they will understand. I shamelessly hoard fabric and feel slightly sorry for whoever has to sort my stash when I am gone. I am employed full time in a industry that requires little of my creativity, but basically lets me wear whatever I want. So it works out. I can usually be found behind one of my sewing machine avoiding human contact. I test a lot of clothing patterns and therefore always have a new outfit to share. You have most likely found my blog through some sort of sewing outlet and will quickly realize that I am sewing for a plus size body. For reference, I am 5'1 and wear a range from a 2-5x. Sizes change with every designer and you can't trust ready to wear sizing when you are making your own clothing. Your tape measure will become one of your most used tools and if you misplace them like I do, you should pick up several. I will be sharing the good, the bad, and the A-MA-ZING with you… So stay tuned. I will also try to teach you a few of my tricks along the way. People always tells me they want to learn how to sew. My best advice is you have to start. Just do it! You are going to mess up, you will break needles, you will ruin the pretty fabric, you will stab your fingers, but you will learn. You will make something and you will wear it. Someone will say, “I like your shirt.” and you will smile and say, “Thanks, I made it.” You will race home and make something else. Pretty soon you have made more good things than bad and you will feel proud of yourself and you should. I will be proud of you too. :) Ok, that is enough rambling, I have sewing to do. :) SequoiaLynn

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