Well, that capsule wardrobe is the best fucking thing I've ever put together - as a fulsome fashion endeavor, I mean.
You'll recall I searched my stash and made:
- A denim skirt (New Look 6843) - very easy and so useful "basic", you should have one in every colour
- A slate blue, ruched, sleeveless top (Vogue 8790) - so not easy, but still very wearable, it's a fancy, cool summer shirt
- A slate grey, tailored, knit dress (Vogue 1287) - insanely tricky, but man, it's fine...
- A floral sack dress (Vogue 1179), which still manages to be insanely chic for all of its sack-ness
- A faux wrap dress (Vogue 1027) in peacock blue, with pockets!
However, as time has passed - and as experience has taught me - the stitching is almost irrelevant. The good drape and fit, I'm happy to say, are what has endured.
The Toronto summer began a mere month ago, and in that time I have worn every garment each week. Every time I wear one of these pieces, at least one person asks me about it complimentarily, in such a way that I know it's a solid hit.
Every time I put on one of these garments I feel terrific. Stitching notwithstanding, I would have been thrilled to buy any of them at the shops.
And what makes it utterly fabulous is that I spent less on the whole lot than I might have on a skirt or top. Including tax, shipping and notions/extra materials.
- The denim was 10.00 a yard and I used a remnant of about .75 yards
- The Tencel I used on the top and the sexy, tailored knit dress was 10.00 a yard and I used 3.5 yards over both garments
- The floral, cotton jersey was 5.00 a yard and I used 1.5 yards
- The blue Modal was 10.00 a yard and I used 2.25 yards
Even including the notions I spent only 80.00 for what I consider to be 7 garments - because the skirt and top are perfect worn together but they can also be worn with many other things. These are garments that fit my body in a made-to-measure sense.
Oh, don't get me wrong. I know that for every Five in Five there are 9 bras that don't fit. Hell, I'm the first to say I hated much of the process and the workmanship is crap.
But seriously, it doesn't matter. I wear it. I love it. It fits me. It suits me. I made it. Lord, I love this constellation of events.
What's the best (from the perspective of overall wearability) garment or capsule collection that you've ever made?