Fall Capsule///The Bottoms

Thank you for all the love and encouraging comments on my Heather Blazer. I really appreciate it and will be adding the button and some kind of pocket detail because I think it’s worth finishing and wearing. I just needed a bit of distance from it, but now I see a lot of potential.

Now I’m here to share the bottoms that I made for my fall capsule! I ended up with a skirt and two pairs of pants and I’m so happy with all of them. Next week I’ll share the tops and a bit of a round up of all the makes and how they work together. Then I’m ready to move on from this project, as it seems like I’ve been talking fall capsule forever now!, but I have enjoyed wearing everything I’ve shared so far.

For help with sizing or knowing what adjustments I’m talking about, I am 5’9″ and my measurements are 32, 29, 36. For anyone new to sewing please know sizing is very different from ready to wear and varies widely from pattern company to pattern company. It’s always helpful when sewists share this info and any alterations they make so that others who want to sew the same patterns can use that knowledge with their own makes! I’m always happy to answer any questions or help point you in the right direction if you’re having fit issues with any patterns I’ve made.

Bottom Number One: Black knit skirt

I do not own a black skirt of any kind right now and I thought this version would be very cute. I sewed it up in a ponte and I know it’s hard to photograph black so I left off the tights I would normally be wearing with it in hopes you can see the lines a little bit better. This was a really simple make and something I can wear year round. Love the faux wrap detail and think this pattern would look great in a lot of different fabrics. I like my skirt paired with boots and tights and a sweater but I think sneaker would look cute too.

Pattern: Simplicity 9237 cut out in a size 14 but then taken in after I decided to omit the zipper (pure laziness but it also wasn’t necessary in the ponte I used!) Next time I could probably make a 12 just fine

Fabric: Classic Ponte Knit in Black from Stylemaker Fabrics. They carry loads of colors and this fabric is high quality and I know will hold up well.

Other Thoughts: Very simple to make and a simple design, but I think with an interesting detail. And a black knit pencil skirt is something every wardrobe needs. I liked the shaping on this pattern, there are darts in the back, and think it could be easily dressed up for holiday parties. Really happy with this basic make!

Bottom Number Two: Black Pants in a New (to me) Shape

Before this make I did not own a single pair of black pants. Any I had in the past were worn out, too small, and had been cleared out. So I knew I wanted some but I wanted to play around and try a new to me shape, something to make them a little less basic. This pattern has a cult following on instagram, check out the hashtag here, and people make these again and again singing their praises. I wondered how voluminous they would feel and am happy to report that I love this shape. I think the proportions are just perfect and have been wearing them nonstop.

Pattern: Bob Woven Pant by Style Arc Patterns. I made the size 12 but will size down to a 10 next time as the waist is a little roomy. Super simple sew and I love the pockets and the line of the legs.

Fabric: I chose a poly cotton blend from Joann that I had a coupon for. It’s not my most favorite fabric, but it was inexpensive and I was branching out here and didn’t want to use something special for a shape I wasn’t sure about. These would look great in linen, tencel twill, and I think you could even use some kind of sweat shirting for a fun take on a sweat suit.

Other Thoughts: These are so incredibly comfortable and I think could be styled very casual or much more work wear. I am all aboard the elastic pants train and these are at the top of my favorites list. I will absolutely be making more in the future and fully understand the hype now. If you’ve been on the fence about these balloon shaped legs, I have to say that I think Style Arc nailed it and they are just balloony enough.

Bottom Number Three: Plaid Pants

I wanted a pair of plaid pants and this is another pattern I’ve been seeing non stop on Instagram! I thought the pleats and the pockets mixed with the elastic waist band (I’m telling ya, fully on board) are a fun way to play with a classic silhouette. I love that there are straight leg and wide leg versions and those shorts will absolutely be happening in the summer. Again I think the proportions are just right and the darts in the back prevent the diaper butt look that a lot of elastic waist pants can give you. I’m sorry mine are so wrinkled in the pics, but it’s only because I’ve been wearing them non stop!

Pattern: The Bisque Trousers by Vivan Shao Chen in a straight size 8.

Fabric This cotton plaid shirting from Minerva. I love that it is a subtle, classic plaid and it was pretty affordable. Trying out a new pattern from a new to me designer meant I wasn’t too sure about investing in much more than this. So a very wearable muslin and I think would be great with some kind of jacket- or even a vest?

Thoughts: I love these. Love. And had no issues with fit but only because so many people have been sharing their fit experiences with this one. Those with a very different waist and hip measurement need to do a little research here because the darts in these pants make for great shaping but also can make it hard to wriggle on over hips. I was so happy I read about this because I was able to choose my size (which is actually between quite a few sizes!) based on what would work with my hips but still be fitted at the waist. A few people have added a side zip to make this work along with other alterations. Check out Jasika’s post for a very thorough description of her fitting process. Jessica has an in-depth look at fitting in her story highlights as well. I would also recommend searching the hashtag as well as the designer’s page for more info! I think this shows why I share so much of what I make and why I try to get better at explaining. Having these resources handy makes it so much easier for others and also helps me reflect on what I can do better next time!

So there are the three bottoms I made for this capsule and I love all of them! I am almost finished with the tops and can’t wait to show you and just start wearing them all together. Have a great weekend and I hope you get some sewing in!

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