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Announcing The VIFPMCW Sewing Challenge

So I had a request to start a Flickr group for anyone who wanted to sew their own 4-piece wardrobe like I mentioned in my last post. I thought that was a rather good idea, so here it is! The Vintage Inspired Four Piece Mini Capsule Wardrobe challenge, or VIFPMCW for short. …and if you’ve never seen the movie Cloudy With A Chance Of Meatballs then “Viffpuhmuhqwuh” as an acronym will not be funny to you at all …but I happen to be a secret 85 year old five year old, so I happen to love that movie and happen to giggle uncontrollably inside whenever I picture Flint Lockwood say “VIFPMCW” out loud (Here’s a link to the movie scene I’m talking about if you want in on the joke).


So anyways, if you’d like to sew your own Vintage Inspired Four Piece Mini Capsule Wardrobe then I encourage you to join the Flickr group! Share your inspiration photos, any moodboards that you make, your pattern and fabric choices, and of course, your four finished pieces! Like Marie’s Vintage Pattern Pledge, there is no deadline to this challenge, it’s ongoing, so you can take your time and join in whenever you feel like it. That’s right, NO. DEADLINE.

The general idea is to sew two tops and two bottoms that are meant to mix and match perfectly. You don’t have to use 1950s patterns, we’re just using that time period as inspiration.

Here are some more authentic examples from the 1950s …you know, for research-ical purposes.


P.S. has the most glorious (and complete!) collection of Sears Catalogs EVER. I can’t link to them directly because they load in a flash type slideshow thing, but if you have a membership and search “Sears” you can follow the rabbit hole of links and find them. And when you do, don’t hate me for the amount of hours you lose browsing them! *I’ve read through their disclaimers multiple times trying to make 100% sure I’m not breaking any rules when sharing these images,Β  and if I’ve interpreted them correctly, it’s okay as long as you’re using/sharing the images for research purposes only. Which, we are.


Here are my four-piece plans, again (more in depth info in my earlier post, here). I’m happy to report my first piece is done! I’m going to have to do some serious google-ing on “How to photograph red things better”. Sheesh. Who let me pick blazing red fabric?! That’s one pair of shorts down, one skirt and two tops left to go!


If you’d like to sew-along with me and create your own Vintage Inspired Four Piece Mini Capsule Wardrobe, then grab a button and join the Flickr group and let’s get to it! …but in a no pressure kind of way since there’s no deadline or time limit. Oh, and I’ll be sharing your makes on twitter and things so make sure you use the hashtag #VIFPMCWΒ (…Viffpuhmuhqwuh hahaha!) so I can find you.

Just pick two bottoms, two tops, two coordinating fabrics and have fun πŸ™‚

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  • I really enjoyed this! It made me think more about what was missing in my wardrobe and what I’d like to wear together, etc. I ended up making more than 4 pieces though haha. Mine is here:

  • Claire Bell

    This is just what I needed to find! I want to start a vintage inspired capsule wardrobe but have put a ban on buying new clothes for this whole year. So that leaves op shopping or sewing my own… I need to start using my pattern making skills, so will get inspiration from you guys and then try and draft my own patterns! Wish me luck! Thanks for the challenge!

  • Karyn Webb

    This looks like so much fun! I’ve been wanting to make 50s inspired clothes and your challenge is just the encouragement I needed Thank You I can’t wait to see what everyone creates.

  • Hi Rochelle,
    I would love to be a part of this! It doesn’t seem like its too late to join but please let me know if it is.

  • Lyric

    Oh honey, I am SEW on this sew-a-long. Semi planning a self imposed deadline of September’s end, ha ha ha.

  • Jennifer Hill

    Haha, great name (just watched the clip)!! Told my eldest, Molly, just back from Uni, who’s 19 going on 9, and she showed me the trailer for Secret Life of Pets – going to be a must see! (We’ll go together, hehe). Well, I’d love to join in with this!! And no deadline, woohoo! I wanted to join in with your cottons challenge, but being a total faffer I didn’t get my butt into gear in time : ( I’m not espeeecially into vintage sewing, but those 50s designs are just edible. Those blouses – YUM. As long as no one expects me to make one of those bra tops..wouldn’t be fair to the world, hehe! Thanks again, Rochelle! Jen

    • Stephanie Holladay

      I had the same issue with the cotton challenge. I actually am waiting on another one so I can just finish it up. I have it picked out and in a bag. One day I’ll get it cut. It sucks not having enough time to sew anymore.

  • Martine Zoeteman

    Great idea! I will start with a 4 piece capsule wardrobe, and maybe I will add 2 more pieces later…

    • Lyric

      Sweet idea, Ms Zoeteman!

  • Jaii-Lana van Leeuwen

    I love this. I just made a two part dress and now I’m trying to find a matching fabric for two extra items!

  • jannapyj

    I totally heard Flint’s voice in my head pronouncing the acronym! :o) Nice job on the phonetic spelling!!! So yeah, anyways…count me in! Probably not until July, but just the same…IN! :o)


  • Yvonne Boots-Faubert

    So Awesome! I saw a couple 50’s gingham dresses on a FB group that I have been dying to try out. Perfect timing! getting excited for this challenge, the fifties is one of my favorite eras <3 Thanks Rochelle! – Yvonne (

  • Awesome – I’m so going to stalk this Flickr group. I can already sense the treasure trove of inspiration it’s going to offer up.

    Happy summer sewing!
    β™₯ Jessica

  • I’m in! So excited about this! I’ll probably get to this in the late fall. Not positive. But I do know I’m SO excited!!

    • Hooray! Late Fall works for me! I also have a cold weather mini capsule wardrobe in the back of my mind…

  • Loran Watkins

    NOW you’ve done it. I MUST have the polka dot pieces for summer this year πŸ™‚

    • Heheh! Sorry not sorry! I have complete faith in your ability to recreate THE most amazing polkadot ensemble the world has ever seen …since 1953 πŸ˜‰

  • Colette Moscrop

    I’m in! This is just the challenge I need after reviewing my me-made-may makes, I need pieces that work together. Now the fun part, choosing fabrics and patterns, thanks for hosting.

    • Yay! That’s what I was feeling after MMM, too. I can’t wait to see what you come up with! πŸ™‚

  • Hannah Ellis

    Oooh I would love to do this – might have to wait til next summer though, as I already have too many sewing plans for this year!

    • No problem, we’ll still be here next summer! πŸ˜‰

  • Count me in too! I’m not wearing shorts though, I don’t have to make shorts…right? I haven’t worn shorts or pants for that matter in twenty years. Now I have to figure out how to get to this flickr, so I may be lost for a while. Oh! I just can’t wait to get started on this ensemble! Great challenge!

    • Hahah no you don’t have to make shorts lol! It looks like you made it into the Flickr group okay? Can’t wait to see what you make!

  • Piper

    Woohoo! I’m in! And for those of you who are not members of, you can drool over these fab photos in book form. The series is called Fashionable Clothing in the Sears Catalog by Joy Shih. My favorite is the late 1950s volume. Who’d a thought someone else was rapturous about vintage Kerrybrooke? Lucille has the coolest mom ever!

    • Ooo good to know about the books! And yeah, I definitely get rapturous about old clothing catalogs. I can’t help it πŸ™‚

  • Ladanu Ladan

    Oh, what a fantastic coincidence I am doing just this project at the moment. I am half way through, with a skirt and blouse done and the shorts and top still to do. I am in!

    • That’s awesome! I can’t wait to see your finished pieces! πŸ™‚

  • stella

    I would like to be part of your four piece warderobe.
    The last time i take part of the german #springstyle sewalong, and I made a pretty warderobe for me, so I think i’m prepared to Do this capsule warderobe.
    Even my english is not liquid, but i working hard on it.


    • Welcome, Stella! You’re doing a great job with your English so far and I’m happy to have you sew along with us.

  • I am so glad that there is no deadline! I would love to sew a four piece summer wardobe but it is winter here at the moment and I have a few winter items I want to sew first. In the meantime I will begin gathering inspiration from the Flickr group! Yay!

    • A four-piece winter wardrobe is okay, too! I plan on sewing a few different sets for different seasons, so I’ll be doing a bit of “VIFPMCW” sewing when winter rolls around here again. That’s another perk of not having a deadline πŸ™‚

  • Looking forward to see what you make. I’ve always thought that making a coordinating wardrobe would be a great idea but I like the idea of starting with just four pieces! I’m going to join this as soon as I get back on my feet ( on bed rest right now with back problems) this will give me some bring to look forward too! Love the red shorts–great summer color.

    • Aww, I’m sorry to hear you’re on bed rest! Wishing you a speedy recovery! At least you’ll have lots of time to plan your projects while you’re off your feet πŸ˜‰

  • Hahaha, what an acronym! I’m super excited for this, and so glad you’re making it a sewing challenge. As soon as we finish our move (so, July xD) and I unpack my sewing things, i’m going to start planning. I need shorts and skirts, and I’ve been meaning to try out a couple of my Gertie blouse patterns this year.

    • Yeeaaahhhh I may have gone a bit over board with the acronym but I couldn’t help it haha! It’s nearly impossible to remember but some people are bound to appreciate it all the same πŸ™‚ Good luck with your move!

  • Juliette MIJEON

    Hi! Too bad, this doesn’t fit into my schedule as I’m already taking part in the Outfit Along… But I might be interested if you happen to plan this sewalong for next year too!

    • Well the great thing about this challenge is there is no deadline or time limit! You can join this month, or next month, or six months from now! Sew at your own leisure, the group will still be there when you’re ready πŸ™‚

  • I’m so in!!! Especially, since no deadline πŸ™‚ Can’t handle more of those right now…

    • Hehehe me either! I’m going to enjoy taking my sweet ol’ time πŸ™‚

  • Beth Arcuri

    Hi Rochelle! You make clothes sewing look like so much fun! And I adore the 50s inspired clothes. I recently asked my 84 year old mother, of all the decades, which one’s clothes did she enjoy most. She answered the forties, interestingly. I told her I liked the fifties and we had a nice little discussion about it. Anyway, I might just start moving in the direction of making some clothes someday. Or, more probably, I’ll keep living vicariously through your adventures! And red is going to be cuuuute! That’s why you chose red!

    • Thanks, Beth! The 40s is one of my most favorite eras for clothing, too. I really admire the functional fashions with no frills. I think that can be said for all of my favorite looks throughout all decades. I guess my style sways more utilitarian, even when I sew dresses. I like cotton and studier fabrics that are washable and fuss-free. …and red. Yes I do like red πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

  • I love that movie, (just so happened I have an inner 5-year inside of me too) I also love this idea. I actually just bought two vintage wardobe patterns so this would be great! I’m also happy to hear there is no deadline as my summer is currently very busy. Anyways, thanks for coming up with this, I will defiantly be participating. BTW if you or anyone else would like a chance to win 5 yards of red fleece please stop be my blog at

    • Haha glad you love the movie, too! Summers tend to get busy for everyone so I wanted to try a no deadline type sewing challenge and see how it went. Speaking of summer, now that it’s finally warming up here in New York I’m excited to put all my fleece things away for awhile πŸ˜‰ I’m sure someone would love the chance to win, though!

  • I would love to join in! Not sure when I’ll find the time, but with no deadline, I’m sure I will fit in it eventually!

    • Yes ma’am, that’s the idea! Join in whenever you find the time πŸ™‚

  • I think I might just join in with this one! I just ordered the Butterick 6217 too so I’m looking forward to seeing you blog about it πŸ˜€

    • Yay!!! Can’t wait to see your version of the sweetheart blouse!

  • What a fabulous idea! This actually fits in perfectly with a project I just started today (a 2 part dress, where the parts can be worn separately as well), and I’d love to extend this to a 4-piece set. Your shorts look great, and I can’t wait to see how the rest turns out! I also can’t get over the VIFPMCW acronym. Love it!

    • Awesome! I’m excited to see what other coordinating pieces you come up with πŸ™‚ And yeah, I may have gone a little ridiculous/over-the-top with the acronym but I couldn’t help it haha!