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!

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 August Needle Sharp Box

I got the Sew Indulgent Box from Needle-sharp for the month of August and wanted to share my makes with you! This is a subscription service that offers multiple boxes each month with everything you need inside to complete a sewing project. I have enjoyed these boxes in the past, but especially right now when just popping out into a store for notions or going in person to a fabric store isn’t really an option, I find them really useful. They have one off boxes as well and would be a great gift for a new sewist! I have a video showing everything that came in this box here.

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The pattern I picked this month was thePietra Pants and Shorts from Closet Core Patterns. We got to pick two fabric options so I picked a washed linen for the shorts and a tencel twill for the pants.

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I absolutely love this pattern! They were so quick to sew up and I think they look, this may sound weird, but like real pants! I say that because the back is entirely elasticated but from the front these look polished and professional. They are really comfortable and if you need pants for an office job (or work from home!) I think these in a neutral fabric would work great.

I also adore the pocket detail. The lines are very cool, and again, just take these to a more elevated level of pants.

I made no adjustments to either pair and have already gotten a lot of wear out of both. I think a wide leg version in a wool would be gorgeous and I would like to try the straight leg as well. I know this pattern has been around for awhile, but if you’ve been waiting to make it I can say it definitely lives up to the hype!

///Pattern Details////

Pattern, version: Pietra Pants from Closet Core Patterns. I made versions A (wide leg) and C (shorts)

Size, adjustments: I made a straight size 8 in both. The shorts hang a little loose on me so I took in the seam allowance a bit with the pants and it fits nicely at the waist now.

Fabric used: The shorts are in a brushed linen and the pants are a tencel twill. All of my supplies came from Needle-sharp.

Final thoughts: I enjoyed making these so much! Closet Core always has great instructions and I am just really happy to have a pants and shorts pattern that I can make a go to. I would recommend these for someone newer to sewing because along with being simple to sew, there are a lot of resources on the Closet Core blog to help you out as well as a lot of versions shared online!

Make That Look Reveal

Today I’m sharing my big reveal for the Make That Look challenge I am hosting with Lisa over on Youtube!

If you’re new here, check out this post for all my inspiration and thoughts on approaching this project. A reminder that this two piece set was my original inspiration.

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I’ve said I’m into the pajama adjacent attire lately and this easy look speaks to that. I loved the color, the drape of it, and how chic it is. I imagine a rich lady at a resort somewhere wearing this look.

I ended up using the cami from this Mimi G pattern as well as the Ponoma Pants and this fabric from Stylemaker that I think is a pretty great match. Here’s what I ended up with!

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Not to toot my own horn, but I think it’s a pretty great recreation!

Here are some pattern stats in case you want details:

Patterns used: S9114 and the Pomona Pants

Sizes made and any alterations: I made a straight size 12 in the Simplicity and the size 8 in the pants. No adjustments or changes!

Construction notes: I love that Mimi G has a sew along with her pattern, it’s a simple make but seeing it made is really helpful. I just used this video instead of the instructions in the packet.

Additional thoughts: I will absolutely make the simplicity pattern again and can’t wait to try the pants! I may try to size down in the cami or attempt a small bust adjustment next time. As for the Pomona Pants, I like that they use such a wide elastic as I think that looks less pajama but I do wish there were more pocket options. The instructions and construction of both were very clear and easy to make!

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I had such a great time working on this challenge and every day I got more and more inspired by people that tagged me on Instagram. Go check out the hashtag to see everyone’s amazing recreations!

Embracing Imperfect Makes

While cleaning out my closet I noticed that I do not own a lot of pants. I had some jeans that I bought post pregnancy but not a lot of other options. These past few months I’ve jumped head first into making pants and want to share my thoughts on making my first pair of jeans! Here are a few stats and links:

Pattern Name: Ginger Jeans from Closet Case Patterns

Size Made: 10, with adjustments on fitting the waist and side seams. Basically I basted the jeans first and then just pinched in where I needed to- nothing very scientific!

Supplies: I bought all my materials through a Needle Sharp Subscription Box. I love these boxes as they have everything in them needed for a project. If you’re looking for more kits specific to the notions needed for jean making, check out the Closet Case Jeans Making Kit as well as the Blackbird Fabrics Jean Making Hardware Kit

Additional notes: This is a very popular jeans pattern- and for good reason! Check out the hashtag on instagram to see them on different people. Check out  The Sew Along on the Closet Case blog, and the pattern link above also lists quite a few resources. While I’m not sure I will be making this specific pattern again anytime soon, I was really happy with the entire process and the end result. If you have sewn other garments before and are ready to dive into jeans making, I would think you could have a lot of success with this pattern!

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I get a lot of comments from people that don’t sew along the lines of ‘I could never do that!’ or ‘I want to start sewing but have no idea where to start and it looks so hard!’ My advice is always to just start. I took a couple of classes to learn how to work a machine and sew a straight line and then from there I just started sewing! There are so many amazing resources online that if I came across something I didn’t know, I just used good ole Google to help me sort it out.

That being said, I make a lot of mistakes. These jeans have a few of them. There are things I’ve made and then later have to get rid of because of mistakes. There are things I wear that I notice the imperfections and it will sometimes bother me.

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Over the past year or so I’ve learned to embrace these imperfections. I’ve learned from them, in what to do next time and also in what’s important to me. Perfection is not my goal. Maybe it used to be? Maybe there was a time when I really cared about being as close to perfect as possible (and not just in sewing). But I truly believe there’s beauty in the wonky topstitching. There’s a story behind a pocket that didn’t turn out right or a zipper fly that gapes open just a hair.

All of these imperfections come from my hands and to me that’s beautiful. My quest is to create clothes I love and when I wear these imperfect jeans it’s amazing to me that they are more comfortable than any pair I’ve ever bought from a store.

Letting the fear of imperfection stop you from learning something new is a waste of time.  Maybe you try something new and it doesn’t work out, I know there’s still value there. And then the times you try something new and find a whole new side of yourself? An entire new way of being? What if fear had kept you from that!

Equating sewing to life changing may seem like a stretch, but I’ve noticed how I approach the small stuff is also how I tend to approach the big stuff so I’d argue that it’s a fair comparison.

So I say, jump on in! Do the new skill imperfectly, wear the results with pride. Learn something about yourself in the process. Recognize that how we spend our time and express ourselves is reflected throughout our life and that fear lessens the joy. Enjoy the process, learn from the mistakes, google what you don’t know, and then be sure and share that journey with other people that will appreciate it!

 

 

 

 

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