Lorena’s summer capsule

We love this Liesl + Co summer capsule from Advisor's Circle member Lorena! She shares her choices for a wardrobe that will see her through summer and into fall. Take it off, Lorena!

Hello, I wanted to show you a little of my little summer capsule wardrobe. I chose two of my favorite Liesl + Co patterns, Soho Shorts and Metro T-shirt. This year I'm adding a Garibaldi skirt.

When thinking about a capsule wardrobe, it is essential to think about your colors and make items in harmonious colors and minimize patterned fabrics. I chose denim for my Soho shorts for this occasion, a stone color for my Garibaldi skirt, and berry fuchsia and white for the Metro t-shirts.

To get into details, I'll start with the Soho shorts because they're my favorite Liesl and Co style. I have made this pattern several times over the years. I'm sure I'll be able to wear them all year round. I made a size 12 in very fine dark denim without any alterations. While sewing, I wasn't sure if I liked them as much as my other pairs since they are much more structured than I had imagined. I continued and am delighted with the results. These shorts are very comfortable and can be used for hiking, the office or going out. Overall, this is a great item to take on vacation.

Two photos side by side.  On the left, a woman dressed in a pink t-shirt and chambray shorts.  On the right, the same woman seen from behind.

Next, I added two subway T-shirts. I made the white one in organic cotton. The only downside here is that I didn't sew the bottom hem! It took me too long to finish the hem and I started wearing it before I finished. I actually liked it that way. I used a fine viscose fabric for the fuchsia T-shirt and modified the neckline to be a little more open. I finished the neckline with a bias on the inside. I used the neckline of the gelato blouse to change the neckline of this shirt.

Two photos side by side.  On the left, a woman dressed in a white t-shirt and chambray shorts.  On the right, the same woman in a pink t-shirt and chambray shorts.

Finally, I added this Garibaldi A-line skirt in fine stretch denim. I made option B in a size 12 mid length without any alterations. My measurements were size 14 for waist and 10-12 for hips. Since I was using a slightly stretchy fabric, I went with a size 12 and I think it was the right option in this case. I enjoyed wearing it during the summer months. Using Liesl's tutorial, I plan to make another Garibaldi skirt, cut on the bias length, for the colder months.

Two photos side by side.  On the left, a woman dressed in a pink t-shirt and khaki skirt.  On the right, the same woman in a white t-shirt and khaki skirt.

In recent years, I have added various handmade items to my wardrobe, from Liesl + Co patterns, which I love. Sewing has been a bit of a meditative thing since I returned to sewing in 2018 after a trip to Japan.

Woman in white t-shirt and khaki skirt, crouching down to pet a beige dog.

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