My first attempt at creating a capsule wardrobe-Part Four

Since I had extra dark blue stretch denim fabric leftover after making the Silhouette Patterns #2017 “My Basic Jean Skirt” featured in part two of my previous capsule wardrobe posts, I decided use the remaining yardage to make a pair of coordinating pants using my tried-and-true, Style Arc “Margaret” stretch woven pant pattern.

One of my favorite well-fitting pant patterns

I’ve had good success with the “Margaret” pant pattern in the past and was confident this pair would make up quickly, requiring minimal alteration. But then the challenge presented itself, how to make this basic solid wardrobe item “unique”? (a definitive part of the PatternReview wardrobe contest criteria) The addition of a tuxedo stripe sewn on top of the side seams, using a decorative stitch with the same color of embroidery thread I used to embroider the Sashiko design on my copper pleather biker jacket, came to mind.

This particular decorative stitch has a similar upward-fanning shape as is found in the Sashiko embroidery design I chose for the copper pleather Ziggi biker jacket from my previous post. Strips of fusible tricot were used underneath the side seams for extra stabilization.

I liked this particular decorative stitch so well that I decided to incorporate it as an embellishment feature along the neckline of another basic piece I made for this collection, a tank top made in a dusty pink coordinating solid lightweight cotton knit.

Two colors of thread were used for the decorative stitch. Pieced-together leftover knit border print scraps from “Giorgio’s Top” (see previous post “Part One”) solved my dilemma of not have quite enough fabric to cut out a whole tank top back piece.

The tank top pattern is from the Silhouette Pattern line; #195 “Sweater Set”.

The tank top featured in this pattern has more of a jewel neckline. I re-drafted the neckline for my tank top using my French Curve ruler to achieve more of a scooped effect.

The solid dusty rose lightweight knit fabric coordinates well with the knit border print, dark blue stretch denim and copper pleather in this capsule wardrobe collection. You’ll see it used again in my next post .

Here are various outfit combinations with the other pieces described in my capsule wardrobe collection thus far:

Paired with Style Arc “Margaret” pant and knit border print “infinity” scarf.
Style Arc “Margaret” pant and “Ziggi” biker jacket.
Paired with Style Arc “Ziggi” biker jacket, Silhouette Patterns #2017 “My Basic Jean Skirt” and border print infinity scarf.
Same combo as above but with “Margaret” pant.
Silhouette Patterns #195 “Sweater Set” tank top and #2017 “My Basic Jean Skirt” and border print infinity scarf.

Next up: Self-drafted A-Line Hoodie.

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