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Coordinated Wardrobe: Matching Separates

For a while now, this idea of matching separates has been floating around in my mind. My closet has more often than not been the kind that has a whole lot of mix and match pieces. Truthfully, a more coordinated approach to building a wardrobe has been a New Year’s resolution of mine…especially when it comes to what I’m sewing. So far this year I’ve been trying to be more intentional with my makes instead of making whatever strikes my fancy. Not that there’s anything wrong with a more artistic process, in fact it’s my favored process (because really, I’ll sew up a statement jacket any day!)…but this year is about building.

I’m sure many of us have read that the best way to start building a coordinated wardrobe is to start with a color palette, so that way everything becomes interchangeable. My own color palette is one of neutrals…I am really into neutrals. They can truly make an impact depending on what you do with them. I’ll always say yes to shades of white, so using this Woven Fabric I decided to make a pair of Emerson Crop pants by True Bias.

This fabric was perfect for this pattern! It’s a lightweight woven crepe suiting with a teensy bit of stretch. The pants turned out seriously comfortable, which leads me to believe they will definitely be an instant go-to in these warmer months.

I had just enough fabric left to make up a matching top which helped me to continue with the intention of building a more coordinated wardrobe.

I used Simplicity pattern (#s8840). I kept seeing this pattern allover Instagram and finally decided to give it a try. Here are my notes on this pattern:

·         The view I made (view D) looks very sophisticated. Even with a pair of jeans, it reminds me of something Audrey Hepburn might have worn!

·         It has a very boxy fit. This might not be a con to others, but I felt like it needed to be a bit more nipped in at the waist. I took in the back darts about ¼” more and that seemed to help some, but it still felt a little boxy.

·         The hem length is somewhat short, so an adjustment depending on your waist length may be necessary.

·         The mock turtleneck collar is just right…not too tight or too loose.

·         It helps to baste the stitching lines needed to secure the front pleats before actually stitching. Since the stitch lines are angled on a curve, knowing where you are going without marking up your fabric too much might be a better alternative (especially if working with white or light colored fabric).

‘Til we meet again,

Callie @ Callie Makes

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