I’m sharing my second top that I made for my fall module today, if you want to see all my other pieces, click here!
I rarely make patterns over and over again. I’m not sure why? There are just so many great designs out there and I love variety in my closet, it’s just not something I do. So when I tell you that this is the fourth time I’ve sewn up this pattern, I hope you understand that means I truly love it!
This is the Toaster Sweater #1 by Sew House Seven . It is a classic sweater and I love both versions. I’ve made them both and hacked version #2 into a sweater dress that I wear all the time. It is an easy make, easy to fit, and it’s one of those basic tops that you will pull out again and again in the colder months.
I love this rich green color and I had fun playing with the ribbing texture, making it go in different directions on the bands and neck. I think in the past I’ve sewn the small, but I went for the medium here because I’m gravitating towards the slouchy, oversized look. I like that this doesn’t drown me but still gives me that same feeling.
This sweater is going to be one I wear year after year. I love how it looks with the other things I’ve made in this module and how well it works with clothes I already own!
I haven’t been purchasing many big four patterns this summer as I’ve been trying to support and promote indie companies that are outspoken allies. However I really liked a lot of things in the McCalls and Vogue fall release so when they went on sale I made a couple of purchases.
This top, M8145 , looked like a fun one to add to my stash. It’s a knit faux wrap top with a thick band around the waist and very dramatic sleeves. I am in need of more separates and liked the idea of view B in a sweater knit for the fall. I like that it’s comfortable and easy to wear but is still a little extra.
I sewed up the size 12 in this Plush sweater knit in solid paprika from Stylemaker Fabrics. I admit I’m not one hundred percent impressed with this fabric. It has a synthetic feel to it and after working with all the other fabrics in this module, I can really tell a difference. I do love the color however, I will just make note that this specific fabric isn’t for me in the future.
This was a really simple sew, I filmed my process here!, and I like the end result. I’m going to make note that if I sew it again I would like to lengthen the bodice a bit and maybe take in the band some too. I find that it does ride up and as it’s already right at my natural waist, it can show more skin than I want if I’m not careful.
I do love where the wrap hits though. Sometimes wrap tops can be really low cut or feel like they are gaping open. This one stays closed and I like how high up it is. I feel covered up (and warm!) but it’s still cute.
And these sleeves! I love these sleeves so much. The cuff is nice and thick so everything is secure and out of your way but you still get all the draaaahhhmmmaa of the sleeves. There is a version with the sleeves uncuffed but I don’t understand how that would be even remotely practical as this is a lot of fabric! Just something to note if you’re thinking of making this up.
This top is a little out of my style comfort zone, but I think making it in such a rich solid fabric means it will get a lot of wear. I loved making this top from start to finish and am really pleased with how it turned out!
Today I have the topper of my fall module. You can see my two bottoms here and here if you want to catch up!
So this is one make that I’m a little unsure about. The pattern itself is lovely and I love this color and the fabric, but I’m not completely sure a cardigan is something I will wear a lot. It’s not the best choice for a topper with this specific module as it doesn’t fit over sweaters, but it was a case of having everything to make it and wanting to try it out.
All that being said, I do love how it turned out! And I’m going to try and find ways to wear it with other pieces from my closet. Maybe this weight will be a great layering piece and it turns out I am a cardigan person? We shall see!
I bought this pattern, the fabric, and all the other supplies from Needle sharp subscription box a few months ago. I’ve talked about Needle Sharp before, but it really is a great box to have everything you need for a project! If you’re looking for unique gift ideas for the sewists in your life, I recommend checking out her shop.
The pattern I chose with this box was the Blackwood Cardigan by Helen’s Closet Patterns in this yellow cotton knit. This is my second time making a Helen’s Closet Pattern and they are just the best. Her instructions are so clear and in depth and I appreciate that even with simple patterns there are lovely details and finishing touches. I would recommend any new sewists to check out her patterns as I think you would have great success with them!
So how’s that for a review? A garment that is lovely but I’m not sure I’ll wear? Very happy to have this pop of yellow in my closet and I will challenge myself to reach for it in the coming months.
This week I’m going to be wrapping up my fall module and showing you everything I made! The idea behind this came from Whitney over at TomKatStitchery who sews in modules all the time. The idea is to make 3 tops, 2 bottoms, and 1 topper and they all work together as well as work with what’s already in your closet!
When I switched out my summer clothes for cold weather clothes recently, I saw quite a few gaps in my wardrobe. I thought a fall module would be an easy way to add in some great basic separates that I can layer up in the coming months.
I think I could size down as I had to take in the waistband a bit, which means the finish on my waistband isn’t perfect. I also don’t love this fabric for these pants as it is a little stiff. I would love to try this out in a wool or tencel twill.
Otherwise the shape of these pants is exactly what I wanted! I love the pleating details and the straight leg. The length was pretty perfect on me and I’ve already worn them with some slouchy sweaters.
I look forward to perfecting this pattern in the future, but in the meantime I’m really happy with how these turned out and am loving having this rich brown color in my wardrobe.
Today I have the first piece in my fall module to show you, the Brumby skirt!
I love skirts in general but I especially love skirts layered with sweaters and boots and when I was organizing my closet, I realized I actually didn’t own that many skirts!
I chose to make the Brumby Skirt by Megan Nielsen because it was one of the first patterns I ever sewed and I wanted to make it again with a bit more experience. I knew my fit and finishes would be much better than my first try at it.
This pattern is pretty basic but has some nice details that I think elevate it a bit. I love the wide waist band and that it has a facing with a clean finish on the inside. There’s an invisible zipper in the back and these big pockets are great and roomy but don’t flap open. There is also a bit of topstitching which I debated doing in a contrast color, the detail would be lovely!, but I kept it the same just to make this skirt even more versatile.
I made the size small and it fits pretty perfectly. Looking at the website, this pattern has been updated and now has numerical sizing and a much more expansive range- which is fantastic!
This is a simple sew and Megan Nielsen patterns always have great instructions and construction methods. If you are new to sewing or want an easier make to add to your queue, this simple pattern is a great one.
I plan on wearing this skirt like you see it here, with big sweaters, with t-shirts, and layered up with cardigans. I’m looking at the olive green as more of a neutral and it will be fun to play with the colors I pair it with.
Really happy with how this one turned out! Maybe not the most exciting make, but one that will get worn nonstop this fall.
If you’ve been following me here these past few months, you know I’ve been building a conscious closet. A few months ago I used the approach I learned about back in May and took a critical look at my fall and winter wardrobe.
First, I changed everything out. All the summer stuff got put away in my dresser and all the winter layers and sweaters got put in the closet. I had already gone through most everything with my closet clean out, but I did double check that everything still fit and was in good condition.
Then I started looking for fall inspiration to help me find gaps in my wardrobe. Above is a picture of some of my favorite images. I love the slouchy, menswear vibe. I love the oversized sweaters or sweaters with dramatic sleeves. I like the idea of taking the color palette I discovered in the spring and just making it a bit richer.
After assessing what I had and what I wanted I was able to make a list of key pieces that I would like to add to my closet. My first stop was the thrift store where I got a few sweaters, some skirts, and some great layering pieces. I have a video up today sharing everything here!
Then I started planning out some things that I wanted to make myself. In the coming weeks I’ll be sharing my fall module as well as a few extra pieces I’m throwing in.
My goal is to have a fall and winter closet that lasts for years to come and that I can add special or trendy pieces to on years that I want! Also, I want to be honest and say last week I think I got dressed once and was mostly in my sweats the rest of the time. So cozy and comfy pieces are also a big must for me!
Are you buying/making anything new for fall and winter this year? Or has being at home more changed how you get dressed and it’s not as big a priority? Or are you like me and in a new climate where you truly do need new things to wear to match the weather? Let me know!