My Winter Module/// The Bottoms!

Today I have the bottoms for my winter module and they are both pants! I’m sewing up this module using only Fibre Mood patterns and will be recapping my whole experience in a couple of weeks.

First I have the Bea Culottes in this slub texture linen. I made the size 38 with no adjustments and am really happy with the fit. I had planned on lengthening these, but due to just a complete brain fart ended up having to cut them to the intended culotte length.

Which actually, I like! These are the most comfortable pants ever and I will be styling them like I would a skirt. I wanted to play with a more monochrome look and paired them with my Nikko turtleneck and I love how it looks.

I like the drape of these pants and they were pretty simple to sew up. The waist band is interesting with the buttons, they just open up completely to get in and out of, and the pleats are pretty in the front with darts in the back for shaping. I will wear these throughout the spring I’m sure!

Ok next is kind of boring, but oh so comfortable and completely wearable. The Benita Trousers are just wide leg elastic waist pants and I sewed them up in a couple of hours start to finish in this stretch cotton corduroy.

These are so basic but I think I will wear them a ton. It’s basically like wearing corduroy pajamas? I lengthened them and worried I should have lengthened them more, but actually this will work well with winter boots and keeping my pants out of the snow.

I’m wearing them with my first and favorite Toaster Sweater. I am warm, cozy, and still look put together. This is fashion in 2021 I think?!

I am always on the look for pants options that aren’t jeans and I’m happy to add these two to my closet! I’ll be back next week to share my topper and then my winter module is complete.

My Winter Module/// The Tops!

Today I’m sharing my three finished tops for my winter module! I’m using only patterns from Fibre Mood and I’m gathering all my thoughts and tips on using this magazine and will be sharing them in a few weeks. Let me know if you have any questions about Fibre Mood and I will either answer them or find an answer for you!

I’m going to go in order from least to most favorite and that means we will be starting with the Glory Top. I sewed up the size 38 in this beautiful Atelier Brunette Rayon and it was a dream to work with. I love the details of this pattern; the sleeves, that placket on the shoulder, and the gathering around the yoke.

However, I don’t really love how these details all look on me. It feels like a lot happening at my shoulder and the sleeves are too short. I have learned that I need to lengthen these patterns as most of them turned out too short. I will try and wear this as I love the fabric, but was a little disappointed with what the silhouette looks like on me.

The second top I have is the Bonnie. I love the color and texture of this crinkle cotton and and I sewed the size 38 with no modifications. This is a simple top and I loved the details of the sleeve and the side neckline. Again, it is too short, but I think the sleeves don’t look bad at this length. The directions for the pleating detail at the sleeve were pretty abysmal and it took searching other makes online to figure out that I just needed to sew them up like normal box pleats. Once I got it sorted out, I do love how they look!

I have it paired over a turtleneck here because I loved how they styled it in the magazine. I like how it looks and think it makes it more wearable for cold weather, but it does cause wrinkles. On its own, that isn’t a problem! I wasn’t sure while I was making this one, but it is incredibly comfortable and I can see myself wearing it a lot.

And my final top is my absolute favorite, the Alice Pullover. I made the size small in this gorgeous bamboo french terry. I would wrap myself in this fabric and just live in it every day if I could. It feels so luscious! This is a really simple pattern, I think I sewed it up in a couple of hours. But while it on the surface seems like just a sweatshirt pattern, the deep V in the back and the wide neckline make it so lovely. It reminds me of something I would wear in a ballet class, I love how it highlights your neck. I’ve been wearing it quite a bit and just love it.

I’m pretty happy with all these makes and it was easy to find pieces in my closet to pair them with, and that’s really the point of this module. Yes, they will all work together, but they need to easily fit into my wardrobe. I like that all three of these tops are different from anything I own and that Fibre Mood is able to take seemingly basic designs and add unique details.

Fibre Mood Issue No. 13

This weekend the latest issue of Fibre Mood arrived in the mail and I thought I would share my 3 favorite patterns with you! If you want to see a full walk through, you can watch the video here. Also check out their social media as they always have a great team on instagram showing their latest patterns and you can really get an idea for what they look like on actual people!

My favorite pattern from this issue is the Rozan Top. I love this so much and will absolutely be making it this summer. I love those gathers at the neckline and I like that there is an option of the flounces sleeves or just straight. I also think this would be easy to lengthen into a full dress.

The Debra Dress is another one I find really appealing for the summer. I like that it’s a basic shift dress but with some interesting panels in the front. The back has a deep v neck and gathers that add beautiful details to an otherwise simple shape. How beautiful would this be in a linen or a fun print? I am adding this to my list!

Finally I have earmarked the Alix Skirt. Again, it looks like a basic pattern, a button up skirt, but I think the fact that it has pleats and not just gathers elevates the look. It would look great in a flowy fabric and also hold up to more structured cottons.

What do you think? Any of the new Fibre Mood patterns catch your eye? I’m almost finished with my Winter Module and can’t wait to share all my thoughts on sewing with this company.

Week in the Sewing Life No. 7

Well guys, not much sewing going on over here this week and I was bummed to ‘get behind’ and not have any posts to share, but sometimes that’s the way it goes! I’ve got a teething two year old that’s tired of being cooped up, one kid fighting off a virus, and a whole lot of worry for all my friends and family back in Texas. Whew. Luckily the sick kid is fine (really it’s more of the whole process now that you have to go through to prove he isn’t Covid sick more than just the little virus he was fighting!), my Texans’ power is returning (prayers that water is back soon and not too much damage left behind as it starts to thaw!), and the two year old… well he’s still teething and into absolutely everything, but that I can handle.

I did sew up a dragon plushie for Harper last weekend that she has promised to take photos of so I can share next week. And I finished another top in my winter module and have plans this afternoon to finish the second one. I finished my first knitting project and have started a second. I found it really soothing this week when I was too anxious to concentrate on sewing and now I am hooked! I want to knit allll the things!

Around the internet I found this great list of over 100 free sewing patterns. I also thought these miniature embroidery pieces were amazing!

This article about The People’s Sewing Army and how you can help with your sewing scraps was really inspiring! As was this make by Erica Bunker. I love Mara Hoffman’s work and Erica did an amazing job recreating it!

The only new pattern I have to share with you this week is the Zadie Blouse by Sew Over It. This looks to be a beautiful, very wearable blouse that could be dressed up or down depending on what fabric you choose. I love the dress length!

I hope you stay safe and warm this weekend and my plan is to be back next week with a lot of fun projects to share with you!

Week in the Sewing Life No. 6

I don’t feel like I have a ton to share with you this week. I did get some sewing done, check out the first piece from my winter module!, and I did organize patterns after filming this pattern haul. I had a lot of fun styling up some of my favorite pants and I’ve even gotten up to 14 rows on my knitting project!

But along with all of that, I had a very busy week with other life stuff to deal with, Tuesday felt like one long zoom call! I’m looking forward to the weekend and I have hopes on finishing my tops for the module and sewing up some sweats for the kids. It’s going to get very cold here so we will most likely been inside a lot, but I have some new games I bought as Valentine’s presents so I’m betting we will still have fun.

Here are the things I found online this week!

Tutorials:

How to make a 3 piece hood out of any hoodie pattern over on Hey June Handmade

How to Sew on Buttons with a Sewing Machine from So Sew Easy

New Pattern Releases:

Moonbow Slouchy Knit Cardigan is a free pattern from Mama in a Stitch

the Bianca Pullover from Greenstyle Creations

Stay warm this weekend and I hope you get some sewing in!

Pattern Haul!

Over these past few months I’ve collected a few patterns, both newer and vintage, and I thought I would share them here with you before I organize them and put them away with the rest of my pattern collection. I haven’t been buying a lot of commercial patterns recently, so I thought I’d share my thoughts on why I purchase when I do and what I plan to make with it.

First up are these vintage patterns I picked up from the Etsy shop Blue Tree Sewing Studio. The top two are 70s patterns and I loved the sleeves on both. The collar in the first one might scream too much vintage for my taste, but I think that would be easy to rework. The wrap top would look just as stylish today as it did then in the right fabric.

The bottom two are both from the 90s and I love all the tops with the first one. I thought there was a fun variety and I think the matching sets with those pants would be great pjs/lounge wear when the weather gets warmer. The romper on the right, well I might have had that as a child honestly, but I love it. I love the shorts version and if you can look past the dated floral prints, I think the shapes still work for today.

These pants from 1985 I picked up on an Instagram destash sale. I love the pleats and those pockets. I think the cropped version would be so cute in a linen in the summer. And check the girl on the left, I cannot get over the styling from head to toe on this one!

I’ve had so much fun sewing for my kids lately that I am always on the lookout for good children’s patterns. I thought M6275 would be a great wardrobe builder for my daughter and goes up to a size 14. B6654 is just a pretty dress with a matching mini me. Both of these I picked up when they were on a pretty big sale.

Another pattern I picked up on sale was M8085. I’ve been eyeing this one since it came out last year. It’s a really simple knit dress but when it was so cheap I couldn’t resist it. I live in these kinds of dresses in the summer and I think the version with sleeves would get worn a lot in the spring and fall.

From the most recent pattern release I bought M8148 as I fell in love with both of those shorts versions. I like that this is a Learn to Sew pattern and features welt pockets. I’m hoping to make these in the spring. M8177 is one that I need you to look past the wild 80s styling! I love the shapes of all three dresses and think these would be so cool and comfy in the summer.

Have you bought any patterns lately? I love looking at style lines from the past and today and always get inspired looking at patterns, even when I don’t end up buying any of them. I try to add to my collection in thoughtful ways and am excited to sew some of these up soon!

My Winter Module: The Dress!

Last week I shared my Winter Module plans and I’m happy to be back today to share my first make of this collection, the dress!

This is the Daniella Dress from issue 12 of Fibre Mood. I have a lot of thoughts about working with patterns from this magazine and I’m working on compiling them to put into one blog post. Please let me know if you have any specific questions, about this company or working with sewing magazines in general, and I will answer them for you.

I sewed up the size 38 (though called a size 10 some places in the magazine?!) out of this cotton modal jersey knit in the color ‘desert rose.’ This is a really simple sew and came together very quickly. This is a basic dress but with a few interesting details that I think elevate it a bit.

I love that the turtleneck is a little oversized and the sleeves have a small puff detail to them that’s trendy but not too in your face. I really love the long cuff and gathering of the sleeves. It makes for a very pretty, drapey look.

This fabric is a little more clingy, be aware of that if you decide to sew with a modal, but I’m not unhappy with the fit of the dress. I think this would be a great work from home option if that’s something you are having to do. Incredibly comfortable but you’ll look put together on any zoom calls you have.

I’m happy I started with this simple dress to give myself some time to figure out working with Fibre Mood. I’ve already worn it with my thick leggings and boots and I loved how it looked!

Pin It, Wear It

Today we’re going to play Pin It, Wear It. This is where we take some kind of fashion inspiration photo we’ve had on a Pinterest board and figure out how we can recreate that with clothes we already have. Got it? If you want to play along, leave me a comment and let me know what you came up with!

First up, the pin!

I have had this on my ‘fashion inspiration‘ board for awhile. I think I was drawn to the colors first, I love these two bold jewel tones together, and then I liked the shape of it all next. The slouchy, flowy vibe but you can still see her body. The lines just work.

Here’s my interpretation!

I knew I had the right green pants! These are Vogue 9302 and I made them out of some vintage twill a few years ago. I did not have quite the same color pink in a sweater as my inspiration, but this rosy color sweater that I was gifted actually suits me better I think and plays with the green in the same way. I added boots (because it’s winter here) and a half tuck to make sure my waist didn’t get lost.

I feel like the vibe is pretty close and I don’t know that I would have paired these colors together without the Pin to go off of! How do you think I did?

Starting Something New

I want to knit something this year! Well, I would like to knit a lot of things, but I need to start with just the one.

A few years ago I bought a couple of kits to get started and then just never got the hang of it. Yesterday I decided to dive in and make something. I know it won’t be perfect, in fact I’m really wanting to start a few things over because some stitches aren’t perfect, but I know if I finish one thing I’ll get excited about continuing and learning.

I’m starting with the Beat It Beanie from Wool and the Gang, one of the kits I bought I couple of years ago. As of this morning I’m 7 rows in! Farther along than I’ve ever gotten with a knitting project! I’m dedicating a whole post to this in hopes that it will make me stick with it and show you a finished hat in a few weeks.

Learning new things is good for us. Trying, failing, learning, trying again. These are experiences we praise when our kids do them, why not keep trying them out for ourselves?

Week in the Sewing Life no. 5

As my kids told me this morning, ‘we made it another week through Covid!’ Oh, bless them…

This week I shared plans for sewing my stash as well as the plans for my winter module. I actually sewed up the first piece today and love it! I’m excited to get started on some more. I had one finished garment to show you, and while it didn’t end up quite like I was expecting, it’s very comfortable and wearable! I’ve also completely cleared off my phone and gotten off social media and will share more about that as the month goes on, I’m sure.

Around the internet I found a lot of great stuff, so let’s dive in!

Pattern Releases:

Elio Top by Allie Olson this is a simple knit faux wrap top that looks like a well designed basic to add to your stash.

McCall’s Early Spring Release I have a lot of thoughts about this! The sleeves! What do you guys think? Definite 80s inspirations and a younger vibe, but I don’t hate them.

Scrunchie with Tails pattern and tutorial A simple tutorial and one I may save to use with Harper. A great way to use up those smaller scraps!

How to make a lantern sleeve sweater A free pattern and tutorial for making a sweater with lantern sleeves. Even if you didn’t make this exact pattern, this tutorial could work on other patterns easily.

Challenges:

Zero Waste Sewing Month The Sewcialists are hosting this challenge for the month of February and that means there will be a lot of great posts throughout the month, even if you’re not participating in making something.

Black History Month Pattern Designer Challenge For the third year in a row! Check out the link to see how to participate and to be introduced to some great Black designers!

Inspiration:

Cicely Tyson This is my favorite link this week. A retrospective on Cicely Tyson’s fashion and it is so full of joy! Age is just a number and this look at clothes in her life proves it.

70 of the greatest gowns ever worn by a royal a fun slideshow and really fun after looking at those 80s inspired McCalls’ designs.

Best Online Consignment Stores A great source if you like to shop for vintage clothes online.

Tutorials:

Choosing and Grading between sizes Closet Core has this great tutorial to help you get the best fit with all your sewing.

Makes that caught my eye!

this patchwork Ilford Jacket by Sam from Purple Sewing Cloud is amazing! I love it so much!

Have a great weekend everyone!