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There’s a capsule wardrobe hanging from my bathroom door

I looked up while bathing my toddler to see a perfect capsule wardrobe hanging from the back of my closet!

A pair of what I’ll call “digital herringbone” pants in black and white, a tan and brown abstract print knit crossover top, a red cardigan with black faux fur trim, a denim shirt dress, a tan turtleneck capelet, and a red silk scarf! It was the combination of a couple different outfits I wore this week, but it always reminds me that even within the remains of my wardrobe, there are a billion combinations. And I don’t *really* need more things to wear.

After all, I could have worn the dress with the cardi and scarf, the pants with the abstract top and cardi, the pants with the abstract top, and denim dress as a coat, and red silk scarf for accent, or just the cardi alone over the pants with the scarf. The scarf belted around the dress, no sweater. The abstract top under the turtleneck capelet and pants, the capelet over the denim dress.

Today I worked on a UFO. I’m finishing up a Christine Jonson Fitted Jacket in a dark cranberry faux suedecloth from WalMart (back when they still sold fabric – so it’s been a few years). It’s coming out well, actually. I also have a dark red stretch poplin print in a batik in the same dark red, but in a lightweight fabric, more shirt-like. So I plan to make that version with cropped sleeves, oversized rick rack trim on the collar and sleeve hems and wear it as a shirt-jacket in the warmer months.

I hope to finish both UFO jackets this weekend, and they date from about 2005 I think. Not bad, only almost 4 years hanging unfinished in my closet. Don’t know what I was waiting for because I *love* that jacket pattern, and it goes together so well!

By paradise

I'm Ann. I've been sewing since I was 9. My first project was a denim wrap skirt. Thrifting is a way of life for me - both eco-chic and financially savvy.

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