I’ve decided to create one small wardrobe for the year instead of continuing two seasonal capsule wardrobes. I made this decision because I wanted to simplify things a bit further. So once again I’m decluttering and making modifications with pieces that I already have or have currently thrifted.
My first alteration is this organic cotton kimono which I designed earlier this year for My Spring/Summer 2015 Capsule Wardrobe. It was one of those pieces that I didn’t wear as often as others. Any piece that is not a go-to item in a small wardrobe has two options in my opinion… donation or alteration.
1. Here is a photo of the original completed design. This picture was taken at night which explains the difference in color.
2. I completely redesigned the sleeve which you can slightly see marked with blue tailor’s chalk.
3. I sewed the new sleeves and side seams as well as the jacket closed. I also cut off the collar.
My finished results…
After donating a bunch of pieces from my wardrobe I am looking at what remains with a creative eye. One of the main determining factors of what stays in my wardrobe are high quality natural fabrics and definitely versatility. I can’t really get into synthetic fabric blends for reasons I explained here. I’m pretty pleased with how this piece turned out. I’m hoping I’ll get more wear out of it this time around.
(Images by Dawn Michelle)