Capsule Wardrobe Nikkos

December 3, 2021

I sewed up a couple more items for my capsule wardrobe. This week I sewed up two hacked versions of the Nikko top. For my first version I wanted a scooped neck Nikko that resembled a ballet / 90s top. I used the tutorial from Bella of @whatbellamade (the tutorial is in her story highlights) where she teaches you how to sew a square neck hack. This worked so well for me in the past, I used it for reference when sewing up this hack – with of course some more adjustments.

After some tweaking, here are the cut lines for my front and back Nikko (no changes were made to the sleeves). As you can see, I also took about 3/8″ off of the angle of the neckline to help it hug my shoulders more. With the scoop in the back as well as the front, it was slipping off otherwise.

I cut out two fronts and two backs since this hack is fully lined. The sleeves are just one layer though.

Then I assembled the main and the lining at the shoulders and sides. I matched the main to the lining along the neckline, right sides touching. I realized that I would need to attach some elastic to the neckline to keep it from slipping off my shoulders. I used 1/4″ braided elastic that I cut to the measurement of the neckline minus 10%.

When sewing up the neckline, I just stretched the elastic ever so slightly as I went.

Here it is inside out.

Here it is right side out.

You can see that it bunches a bit along the neckline, but once you put it on, it all smooths out nicely. Im super happy with how the neckline ended up.

Once the neckline was done, it was just adding the sleeves and hemming.

I think this is going to be such a great basic in my wardrobe.

I also sewed up a cropped Nikko top in a striped ribknit from my stash. This version is sewed up just like the pattern says, just shorter. I cut the front and back an inch below the waistline notch. It ended up a great length to wear with high waisted pants like my Landers. It’s nice to not have all of the bulk of the bottom portion when tucked in, and yet it’s still long enough to keep my belly button covered.

That’s it! Two more items for my capsule wardrobe complete. Just my two pairs of Landers left.


Capsule Wardrobe Corduroy Dani Pants

November 17, 2021

I finished another item for my Capsule Wardrobe. Today I will be sharing my camel colored corduroy Dani Pants.

Since the Dani pants were originally designed as a summer pattern, I was worried that the corduroy would be too heavy, especially around the elastic waistband. As a result I chose a shirting weight corduroy that is only about 4.5oz per yard. I think it’s totally fine and could even be heavier.

I am wearing them here with a simple black Nikko top and heeled booties. I love the simple combo.

I sewed up the zipper front view of the pants. The only change that I made to the pattern was to omit the back pockets to keep it on the dressier side – but that is just personal preference.

Im really happy with the end result of these. They feel like the perfect fall pant in corduroy and will fit really well into my wardrobe.

I am getting close to finishing up my fall Capsule Wardrobe. You can learn more about it here.


Capsule Wardrobe Black Hudson Pants

November 12, 2021

Today I am sharing the next item for my capsule wardrobe, which is a black pair of Hudson pants.

I sewed these up in a synthetic sweater knit from Surge Fabric Shop. It has a beautiful high end feel to it, but without the itchiness of a wool. I’m pretty excited about how they turned out. They feel like a luxurious loungewear pant that is a bit more elevated than a true sweat pant.

I did my normal adjustments of shortening the pattern for my 5’3″ frame and also used my high waist tutorial to adjust the rise on these. You can find that tutorial here. It’s a really easy tutorial and in my opinion gives a great modern fit.

For the drawstring on these, I used something called ribbon yarn from the craft store. I have also seen similar items called t-shirt yarn and tape yarn. All of them have a flat ribbon look while being knit. I believe they are used for crocheting, but I’m not sure. On the end of the drawstring I finished them with a black aglet. I bought these off etsy, but there are lots of types and weights to be found. I think it adds a nice, professional finish to it.

That’s it for today! I can’t wait to wear these over the holidays. I think they are the perfect pant to lounge around in or throw on a jacket with to run and errand.



November 5, 2021

This week I continued on my True Bias Capsule Wardrobe by sewing up these Dani Pants in a lightweight plaid suiting. To make them a bit more dressy, I decided to add belt loops and the end result is exactly what I wanted. I will show you how I did this in the following tutorial. It really is an easy upgrade and makes the otherwise casual pants feel very work appropriate.

You will sew up the Danis according to the instructions until it comes to the waistband. At this point you will want to create your belt loops by cutting a strip of fabric that is about 17.5″ long and about 1 inch wide.

Finish one of the long edges.

Fold in the unfinished long edge to the wrong side by 3/8″ and press. Fold the finished long edge in by 1/4″ to the wrong side, covering the raw edges of the first fold, and press. Edgestitch along the two folded edges to secure.

Cut into 5 pieces – each about 3.5″ long.

Pin with right sides touching and pointing down, and sew them into the waistband at the following places.

  • two at the seams for the front waistband
  • two 1 inch behind the side seams
  • one at center back

Finish the waistband according to the instructions with the belt loops loose and pointing down. Make sure you have done all of your waistband topstitching before moving forward (the following photo only shows one of the lines of topstitching because I forgot to take a pic once all three were done.)

Turn under the top 1/2″ of each belt loop and pull up towards the top. Align it with the top line of topstitching. Sew a small line of stitching along the top edge of each belt loop to secure.

Since I know I will be wearing a belt with this pair of Danis, I decided to go ahead and omit the buttons and instead sew on some large hook and eyes for a flatter waistband.

That is it! I love my new belted Dani pants. The plaid matching was not fun, but was worth it in the end. Love how it looks styled with boots and a tucked in Nikko top.



October 29, 2021

This week I sewed up the fifth and sixth items for my True Bias Fall Capsule Wardrobe. You can see the entire plans in my blog post here if you don’t know what I am talking about. This time I decided to sew up two Roscoe blouses. I have quite a few Roscoe blouses already in my closet so I decided to use the button front Roscoe hack from the Sew Tessuti Blog.

I won’t go into the whole tutorial since Tessuiti already did, but essentially then have you add width to CF to accommodate a button placket and add a bit of height to the neckline as well. I would also add that you should add a bit of length to the neckline band to accommodate the button placket too. I forgot, so I made my button placket super skinny so it wasn’t a big deal. In the future, I would make it wider.

The tutorial also advises you to slash and spread your sleeve for more volume at the wrist. I decided to skip this since I feel like the Roscoe already has a lot of sleeve volume.

I used two fabrics for my blouses. The rust colored fabric is a very lightweight cotton lawn. It has a slight sheen to it and is a bit on the see thru side, but that doesn’t bother me. I adore this color and love how the cotton adds a bit of extra structure to this top.

The second fabric is a rayon crepe in ivory. I think this basic is going to get so much wear! It’s soft, has lots of pretty drape, and feels like an upscaled workhorse for my closet.

That is it for today. You can find the Roscoe in both 0-18 and 14-30 in my shop here. Excited to keep going on my True Bias Fall Capsule Wardrobe next week where I get started on some pants.