So a few weeks ago I posted several examples of how you could plan a capsule for the Sew Your Kibbe Challenge, using Soft Natural as an example. You may have noticed that many of these plans had quite a bit of overlap, not because Soft Natural options are limited (they aren’t), but because I’d already tried to narrow my options down to a few patterns I was really excited about, and to create capsules from there. I’ve been assessing my wardrobe and, as many people deduced in the comments on that post, I really need more versatile Level 2 options of dress. As part of my 2018 round up, I noted that I feel I am moving on towards a transitional phase of life, and as such I think I need to project a more professional appearance. Focusing on Level 2 Kibbe options will help with that quite a bit I think, as my current “professional” clothes are all a bit ragged, since I only have a few go-to options that I’ve been wearing quite a bit for well over a half decade at this point.
I feel like the single Level of Dress option will work the best for me because it will allow me to create a continuum of clothing in my closet – I’ve got casual pieces, and a few very fancy party dresses, but I’m severely lacking in the in-between. Plus, I feel like I could wear any of the Level 2 tops with a pair of jeans and have a suitable Level 1 style as well, which will increase the versatility quite a bit.
As a reminder, here is a list of what I decided I would need in a single level capsule:
- Heavy coat
- Lightweight coat
- Top 1
- Top 2
- Top 3
- Bottom 1
- Bottom 2
- Bottom 3
- Dress 1
- Dress 2
And here are the patterns I’ve decided to use in my Level 2 Sew Your Kibbe capsule:
Heavy Coat: BurdaStyle 04-2018-103
Lightweight Coat: BurdaStyle 02-2017-103
Jacket: BurdaStyle 07-2011-119A
Sweater: New Look 6330
Top 1: Butterick 5526
Top 2: Simplicity 3436
Top 3: Burda 6632
Bottom 1: Simplicity 1560
Bottom 2: Vogue 8751
Bottom 3: BurdaStyle 08-2011-136
Dress 1: Burda 6941
Dress 2: McCall’s 7430
I’ve even made a few sketches using my personalized My Body Model croquis:
Because I’m the sort of person who gets bored with sewing plans about halfway through sewing them, I may have also pulled out all the patterns for a Level 1 capsule as well… I mean, I was already digging through my pattern stash!
They patterns won’t be a priority, but they will be easily at hand if I should decided I need to make something else that isn’t already on this list! I’m already seeing a need to perhaps have some newer/nicer casual clothes for my summer travels, so don’t be too surprised if these patterns find their way into the mix…
And that’s it! I’m pretty excited with these plans for the year. The Level 2 capsule is probably not the most exciting option I put together in my first post, but since this challenge is all about being mindful of what you need, I think these options best suit that goal, especially if I allow myself a foray into a few Level 1 garments when needed. On a side note, I clearly didn’t meet the 1 garment per month goal in January because I spent so much time traveling (it’s also why I was not able to participate in the Bee this year), and I know I also won’t be making a garment in July for the same reason (I will also be traveling quite a bit). But hopefully now that I’ve got my plans solidified I can pick up the slack a bit over the next few months and I will have something fun to post during the remainder of the month of February!