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Sew Inspired: 1950s Four Piece Wardrobe

I’m still trying to sort out all my thoughts on the subject after keeping a wardrobe journal for the entire month, but now that Me Made May is over and done, I’m planning for Me Made June and beyond. I definitely learned A LOT about what types of things I like to wear and why (which is exactly what I was hoping to get out of MMM), so now I have a pretty good idea of what I need to start sewing to complete a well-rounded summer wardrobe. I knew I was going to need to sew more mix and match separates, but one thing I didn’t plan on was loving a particular fabric so much that I wish I had it in a slightly different style. For example I wore the crap out of my Windmill Archer and my Pink Gingham Archer shirts last month and I found myself wishing I had other similar shirts with the same prints. You know, so I could wear the same thing everyday but not really…

1950sFourPieceWardrobe_Spring1953Image credit: Sears and Roebuck Catalog – Spring 1953 via (page has been cropped from it’s original form). Posted for historical reference only.

I love wild cotton prints (it is known) so it’s no surprise that I have huge wardrobe gaps when it comes to solid colored bottoms and wild cotton prints that I can actually wear together in the same outfit (I can’t seem to work out how to wear my Windmill Archer with my Arrows Hollyburn, if you can imagine).

Enter the 1950s 4-Piece Kerrybrook Wardrobe!

I spend a good chunk of my free time browsing old Sears & Roebuck catalog archives because I’m super interested in fashion history from a sewing perspective, and that’s honestly my idea of a good time (my Saturday nights get wild, I tell ya). So when I stumbled upon some Kerrybrooke pre-packaged mini capsule wardrobes from the early 1950s (Spring 1951 and ’53), I was super inspired to recreate a vintage influenced, modern equivalent.


I love the idea of picking two tops and two bottoms that are meant to be super match-y. I’m going to start with two printed tops and two solid bottoms, but I also like the idea of making coordinating things with cotton prints so I can wear them alone, or together and it would look like a dress.

Here’s what I’m thinking:
The Sewaholic Granville Shirt and the new Gertie Sweetheart Shirt (not sure which versions yet) in some novelty print cotton with lighthouse postcards on it, paired with the Sewaholic Hollyburn Skirt and Simplicity 1371 Shorts in Kaufman Hampton Twill. I have all of these items in my stash already so there’s nothing stopping me from making this happen in the very near future.

I’ll start there, and if I like my 1950s 4-Piece Kerrybrooke inspired combo I may start thinking about all future sewing projects in a similar manner. That way I’ll be guaranteed to have separates that mix and match instead of the smorgasbord of un-matchable (but still loveable) items I have now.

What do you think?
Would you try a 1950s inspired mini capsule wardrobe? Do you plan your garment projects in a similar way already? I’m curious!