Design and Create a Capsule Wardrobe

This is the main overall project brief that encompases the design and production elements of creating a capsule wardrobe

Project overview

You will design and create 8 outfits to from the basis of a capsule collection of clothing to include:

  • 4 garments in woven fabrics
  • 2 garments in jersey knit fabrics
  • 1 garment that is created by draping on the stand
  • 1 tailored garment

At least one garment will need to include an element of textile manipulation or embellishment 

All your design work will need to be supported by sound research based on past or current trends, other pattern designers or even clothes you already have. So all of the ideas, images and fabrics swatches you have collated so far will go towards helping you refine your design ideas. 

In the first session we will go over how to make sense of all the inspiration you have collected and help you to start thinking like a designer. 

If it helps you can think of the whole process like a pyramid with different layers of refinement building up to the pinnacle of your final defined design ideas. 

So we start with the general inspiration you have collected and see what threads and themes we can pick out to create the basic concept for your collection – Your Why. We will go through some exercises together to help you discover this so you can add it to your Sewing Journal to help you keep your focus as you go through the design process. 

The next layer of the pyramid is the palette you choose. This is all about the colours and fabrics that you are going to use to make your collection come alive. You may already have fabrics you want or use or you may feel like a shopping spree coming on.

Finally we come to style. This is where you can start to look at the shapes and details within the garments you want to make and really refine your ideas. You may want to think about the silhouettes, sleeve shapes or collar styles, particular seam details or buttons that will bring it all together. 

This process will take a while and it may take several session before you are happy with what you actually want to make, but that is fine. We will have other aspects of the projects to cover while you are processing your thoughts about the designs you want makeup. 

Once you have your final design ideas you will then be able to start working on the patterns and then the actual garments. The other projects involved in the course will help support you you to make informed decisions about the types of techniques and processes you can use in your garments. 

You will be able to plan out your work in your Sewing Journal so you can pace yourself and enjoy the work involved. 

You can print off the project brief here –  Design and Create a Caspule Wardobe as that contains all the information you need along, with the criteria you will be graded against.

Layplans and Costing sheets

You will also be asked to produce a costing and lay plan for each project. You can use the Digital Sewing Planner (in the List of Resources below) to help you collate the information you need to work out how much each project has cost by using your Shopping List from the planner.

If you are using a commercial pattern double check the lay plan included with the pattern. Can you squeeze the pattern from less fabrics? Remember To take photos of how you lay out the pattern pieces on the fabric. Add this to your planner for each project so you have a reference for next time you make up theat pattern.

But there will be plenty of support all the way along to enable you to achieve the best you can, so please ask as many questions as you need to, to feel you can manage what the brief requires. 

Project Resources

Diploma Design Croquis

SMS Technical Flats

Design principles

Silhouette _Shapes

Finding My Why and Moodboards

Design Development – Change One Thing

SMS Digital Sewing Planner