My Handmade Capsule Wardrobe Experiment

by Tisserin Coquet
My Handmade Capsule Wardrobe Experiment | Photo by Priscilla Du Preez on Unsplash

You may have heard me talked about creating a Handmade Capsule Wardrobe before if you subscribe to my email newsletter or to my Patreon page. This idea started to sprout in my mind a couple of months ago after looking at my closet and assessing what I wear and what stays on the shelves all year long.

With my husband, we do not buy a huge amount of clothes and we try to keep them as long as possible. Half of my tops are more than 5 years old. Actually, for the majority of them, most likely closer to 10 than 5 years old. A lot of them became see-through over the years and cleaning cycles. And lost their original shape. But I wear them at home or under sweaters anyway. If I want to wear cardigans, that’s another story though as I have almost no top in good condition to be seen and my options are very limited.

I have to admit, I hate shopping for clothes. I can spend hours in a yarn/fabric/book/stationary shop, but clothes shopping is a dreadful task for me. Combining love and necessity and starting to make more of my clothes will be my way to shop.

My Handmade Capsule Wardrobe Experiment | Photo by Priscilla Du Preez on Unsplash

Photo by Priscilla Du Preez on Unsplash

Machine sewing is not one of my strong skill. And it is space and energy consuming. I don’t have a designated space to sew (yet, #lifegoal) and every time I want to pull out the machine, I have to remove EVERYTHING from my desk to use it as a sewing table. And do the other way around a couple of hours after that when I’m done. Which basically take me between 30-50 minutes every single time. Not so much efficient, am I right?

One of the things I love about knitting is its portability. You can snuggle in your couch and knit, stopping whenever you need to, without having to move everything into the entire house each time. Plus the repetitive motion of the fingers is really calming and meditating. Knowing that, I kept thinking of sewing and how will I be able to sew my clothes when I would have chosen which ones I want. And one day it hit me: I’ll hand-sew them!

I know how crazy it might sound but I think it actually aligns pretty well with my goal here, don’t you think?
Consume less, make and wear more.


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