Project: Sew a Summer Toddler Capsule Wardrobe

Don’t you hate it when you know your kid has plenty of clothing but you can’t find the one shirt that they want? I do, a lot.

As you all have probably seen, we’re doing the Buy Nothing challenge. One of the things I’m not buying is clothing for Kai. I could just thrift the stuff she needs for summer, but where’s the fun in that? (Also our thrift stores never have kid clothes. I think people sell to Once Upon A Child and trash the rest). So I am sewing Kai a summer capsule wardrobe.

For those of you just dropping in, Kai will be two and a half this summer. She’s in the middle of a growth spurt at the moment so I’m sewing things in 5T for her.

I’m only using upcycled and stash fabric for this project. I did buy new elastic and thread before the Buy Nothing project started because those are both difficult things to find second hand or reuse (at least at my skill level).

The idea is that with 14 pieces of clothing, my kiddo could wear 41 different outfits (I’m assuming she’s not going to mix the dresses and skirts, but she always wears shorts under dresses).

The Plan

  • 3 Tops
  • 4 Dresses
  • 2 Skirts
  • 5 Shorts

The Accessories

  • Bonnets
  • Pinafores

The Color Scheme

  • Neutrals: Gray and Khaki
  • Colors: Blue to Green
  • Pop: Mustard

I’ll be posting each item as it is sewn with a link to the pattern I used and a round up on how well all the pieces work together as a capsule at the end.

I have already used a gray wool blazer as a source for a pair of bubble shorts and a matching bonnets. All cut out, just need to start sewing.

Anyone else create a capsule wardrobe for their kid? How did it go?

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