My Fall Module/// Blackwood Cardigan

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.

My Fall Module/// Simplicity 9114

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 shared my first piece, the Brumby skirt, over in this blog post. Today I have my second bottom, these brown trousers. I am desperately in need for more heavy weight pants that aren’t jeans and I’ve been wanting to sew this Simplicity 9114 Mimi G pattern ever since it came out. I’m actually showing it with the cami I made from this pattern earlier this year.

I sewed up the size 14 in this grid texture cotton/nylon coating in chocolate from Stylemaker Fabrics. Now, I knew going into this pattern that getting a perfect fit on a pair of pants the first go around is not likely to happen. So I’m calling this first version a wearable muslin.

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.

My Fall Module///Brumby Skirt

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.

I used this beautiful soft tencel twill in the color solid olive from Stylemaker Fabrics and it’s perfect for fall. It’s got the drape and softness of the tencel but it’s a little more substantial thanks to the twill so it holds up to breezy days.

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.

Fall Wardrobe Inspiration

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!

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