Cruise Capsule Wardrobe, Planning

We are going on a cruise! And I’m just crazy enough to want to sew most of my wardrobe for it. I’d like for it to be a rather small capsule wardrobe since I will only be taking one carry on.

Based on my research the first thing I need to do is choose a color scheme. I used and came up with this one:color-palette2I think these colors work well together and have enough of a “pop” to be appropriate for a spring cruise. Following the suggestions over at The Vivienne Files I have selected two neutrals (tan and navy), two accent colors (coral and aqua) and white.

Then, using the inspiration from Outfit Posts where she does a “one-suitcase” series, I finalized which items of clothing I will need in what color and which sewing pattern I may use for them.



  • Boat neck t-shirt – (white and navy stripe) – McCall’s 6571
  • Blouse patterned
  • Button-down shirt – white chambray – Simplicity 2255
  • T-shirt – already own
  • T-shirt – two or three more – buy or make?
  • Top – short sleeved, eyelet – white – New Look 6147
  • Tank tops – two basic tops


  • CardiganMcCall’s 6996
  • Cardigan – white – already own
  • Rain Jacket – navy or tan

Dress / Other

  • Casual Dress – white or tan (maybe patterned) – Butterick 6051
  • Pajamas – top (tank? / tee?) and bottoms – coral patterned – Simplicity 9330
  • Flip-flops
  • Espadrilles
  • Sneakers
  • Dress Sandals

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