T Shirt Month

I have been thinking about my fall wardrobe and what is really missing from my closet and the answer is t-shirts that I love. The ones that feel good, have the perfect neckline, and look great with a pair of jeans. I’m leaning into a uniform of sorts and t-shirts and jeans are what I will most likely be wearing on a daily basis this fall.

I am planning on trying out a few different patterns and fabrics and sharing my thoughts each Saturday here. My hope is to come away with great t-shirts as well as a tried and true pattern or two.

Here are the patterns I’m planning on trying!

The Glenelly by Love Notions I love this for a bit of a twist on a standard t-shirt. I think the square neckline is beautiful and would be fun to try in some bolder fabrics.

The Breckenridge Henley by Love Notions I love a Henley and I think this one has some really great options. I want to try the one with the cuff for this exercise and then find some waffle knit and make the long sleeve version for when it’s colder.

The Classic Tee by Love Notions So many people have recommended this pattern and I’m excited to try it! There are a lot of different necklines and options and I think this could be a great starting point in finding the perfect t-shirt.

The Eliott Sweater and Tee by Helen’s Closet I originally bought this pattern for the sweater option- I love that big turtle neck!- but in looking through my patterns I realized this little raglan sleeve tee could make a great staple.

The Lark Tee by Grainline Studio This is one of my first sewing patterns and I wore the heck out of this shirt. In fact, I wore it when I was pregnant with Sam so much and stretched it out that I had to get rid of it. I’m looking forward to revisiting this one and there are so many different options you can really make just about any t-shirt you want out of it!

The Briar Sweater and T-shirt by Megan Nielsen Another early sewing project for me and I finally had to get rid of this one because the fabric was looking so sad. I like the longer version and it will be interesting to compare the quality of my sewing from when I started to now.

I will share the fabrics and their contents/qualities as we get sewing. I think it will make more sense to dive into them when I have a finished garment to show you!

I’m also trying to put together a summary of points for each shirt so we can really compare. Let me know if you would add anything to the things I mention below. I will be back next week comparing the Classic Tee and the Lark Tee!

Pattern name and designer:

Size Range:

Pattern Details and Options:

Fabric used:

Size made and version made with any adjustments noted:

Thoughts on fit:

Thoughts on style:

What I don’t like:

What I do like:

Spring Wardrobe/// My Sewing Plans

Saturday I shared my plans on building a capsule wardrobe. I started with what I had, looked at what I want to make, and then went shopping for pieces to fill in the gaps.

Well today I want to share what those sewing plans are! I will link to patterns and fabrics as they are available. If the exact fabric isn’t in stock, I will link to similar items! Let’s dive on in, shall we?

I have been wanting to make M7981 for a long time. I love a midi skirt and I’ve wanted a button front one that was swishy and flowy. This capsule calls for a daytime to dressy skirt and I thought this in this gorgeous lightweight washed linen in the color powder blue from Blackbird Fabrics would be perfect.

I made the Pietra Pants by Closet Core patterns last year and they are one of my most worn makes! I wanted to try them in a more neutral color and love this lyocell twill in the color rust from Melanated Fabrics. I’m planning on version B with the more tapered leg for spring!

Overalls are a piece recommended in the capsule and they also happened to be the pattern for the April Needle sharp kit. I will be making the Harlene Overalls by Merchant and Mills in this speckled linen.

These two lovely cotton jersey knits in the colors sienna and blush pink will be a t-shirt and a tank and I plan on this pattern being my review for the month- so stay tuned!

I am in need of a classic white shirt and I also wanted to start my make nine plans of working on shirt making for spring. I like this M8041 because it has a half placket, something I think I’ll wear more than a full button down. I’m using this classic pinpoint oxford cotton shirting in white. Stylemaker offers it in quite a few colors if you’re in need of good shirting options!

Oh… I’m excited for this one! When I saw the Rozan blouse in the latest issue of Fibre Mood I knew I wanted to make it up soon. This fabric is a gorgeous hemp and organic cotton chambray from Blackbird. Sadly this color is no longer available, but the other colors are equally springy and beautiful.

I have been on the hunt for a yellow gingham and was so happy to see this Sorbet Gingham Linen as part of the newest collection at D&H Fabrics. I think it will be so pretty as the vintage wrap top Simplicity 7351 that I picked up recently. I can see myself wearing this all spring and summer!

I love to wear dresses when the weather gets warmer so I have three planned. First is this easy, comfy t-shirt style dress M8085. I bought this Galleria Good Nature Double Brushed Knit Sketched Floral recently at Joann and I think it will be a nice one to throw on and go.

I bought this olive green window pane viscose at Melanated Fabrics over the holidays so I’m sorry to say it’s no longer available. It’s going to be this M8031 shirt dress. I love the classic look of this and again it’s part of working on shirt making techniques.

Finally, I have one last shirt dress, M8104. I love the bust of this as well as the sleeve options. It feels so light and flowy and in this bright Retro Vibes Tropical Leaves Textured Voile I think it will carry over easily into summer! Maybe I will have a date night or somewhere fun to actually wear it soon?

Whew! Those are my plans! I know it’s a lot, but most of these I will easily be able to wear into the summer and so many of these patterns have been on my wishlist for awhile. I’ve already made a few of them and will start sharing later this week! Can’t wait to see what everyone is making this spring.

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.

Winter Module Plans

I love sewing in modules, I got the idea from Whitney over at TomKat Stitchery this summer and have been running with it ever since. The idea is you make 1 topper, 2 bottoms, and 3 tops and they can all play nicely together and mix in with what is already in your closet. A mini capsule wardrobe if you will.

I am seeing a lot about spring fashion, but guys, I am not falling for it. Snow is in the forecast for tomorrow and I will not get excited about spring yet to only have my heart broken for at least 2 more months! So to embrace my new home, I decided to have fun and plan myself a winter module. To give myself a bit of a challenge, I am only going to be using patterns from Fibre Mood. I recently subscribed to this magazine and decided to jump in and try a bunch of their patterns at once. My hope is that when I show my full reveal, I can also give you a comprehensive review of what their patterns are like. I’m linking to all the patterns as you can purchase them individually as PDFs off of their website!

I hope to have a post up ever Wednesday sharing pieces from this module and showing how they work with things I already own. To begin, let’s plan it out!

The Dress:

I’m adding in a dress with my plans because I love a cozy sweater dress. This is the Daniella dress and I like how simple it is (re: very wearable) but the details of the sleeves feel fresh. I can wear it now with thick tights or leggings but then also wear it plenty in the spring too! I have this Cotton Modal Jersey in the color Desert Rose planned for this one. A soft, drapey knit that has enough weight to be worn as a dress, I think this will be like wearing pajamas and I love the color.

The Tops:

This print is where I started in shopping for fabric in this collection. I knew I wanted to bring in some more blues and greens into my wardrobe and I love this color, especially mixed with the coppers and blush pinks. This is the Atelier Brunette Rayon Moonstone in the green color way. I think I’m going to make it into a Glory Top. This blouse has some feminine details that I think will be nice but also let the print on the fabric shine. I love those gathers at the yoke and the sleeve detail and the little button placket on the shoulder is a nice touch.

This washed crinkle cotton in copper is soft with some drape but enough crispness to look really nice made up as the Bonnie top. I think the simplicity of the neckline and shape of this top is really nice and I love those box pleat sleeves. The inspiration photos showed it layered over a turtleneck, which looks cool, and also tucked and untucked for completely different vibes. Basically a woven t-shirt with a few more options!

Ok, it looks like the color Dusty Jade is no longer available at Blackbird Fabrics but I’m going to link to their Bamboo French terry because it is so lovely. I’m going to turn mine into the Alice Pullover. Basically a sweatshirt, but with a v neck line that can be worn in the back and that makes it look a little more chic. I’m really loving this color right now (you might see it show up again soon in a different garment!) and like that it will be a great weight for cooler spring and summer days as well.

The Bottoms:

I keep changing my mind on which of these fabrics will go with which pattern, but here is where I’m settled right now! This Slub Texture Linen in the color Spruce is going to be a pair of Benita Trousers. These are an elasticated waist trouser but I love the fit of the leg and the option for that tie belt. These will be so comfortable to wear around the house but can look a bit more dressed up should I need to go somewhere. I’ve been wearing quite a few linen pants this winter and like the weight of them. If it’s really cold out it’s easy to layer thermals underneath!

This stretch cotton corduroy in the color teak is going to be made up into the Bea Culotte. I think the construction on these pants looks interesting (there’s no zip) and the pleats are cool. I will be lengthening these to full, wide leg trousers and I keep going back and forth between the linen for drape or the corduroys for more structure. I think both fabrics work for both patterns, I just can’t decide what looks I’m going for quite yet!

The Topper:

And finally, to top off this collection as well as to play along with my coat making challenge, I’m going to sew up this teddy faux fur in rose as the Frida Jacket. This looks like a classic bomber style jacket, which I do not own!, and I may be late to the teddy bear jacket trend but I’m finally going to jump on board. I think the texture will be fun and the color will be great going into spring.

Those are my plans! What do you think? Have you made anything from Fibre Mood before? Please let me know if you have any questions about sewing with patterns from a magazine, I’d be happy to answer them for you.

Are you done with winter and jumping head first into spring or are you still making/buying warmer clothes? I hope to see you back next week with my first make!

Sew the Stash/// February Plans

I started the year with plans to work through my stash and I’m happy to say I made all of my plans in January! Frida got turned into a pouf, I got a beautiful blouse out of that floral fabric, and that pink knit got turned into a cozy sweatshirt for my daughter that has yet to be photographed.

Looking ahead into February, I have quite a few projects planned so I wanted to keep my stash busters relatively simple. I have a gray French Terry that will be made up into pants for my oldest son and maybe a sweatshirt or two. This is a fairly recent fabric purchase and was always intended for sweats, I just want it made up and out of my stash sooner rather than later!

The other fabric is a soft knit in an off-white and mustard colored stripe. I’ve had this for a few years now and never quite settled on what I wanted to make it into. I think I’ve decided on the henley shirt, the Elli, from Seamwork. A great basic that will be cute in the stripe and easy to wear with a lot of other basics in my wardrobe.

These are two easy fabrics to work with and I hope to use these projects in between some trickier makes this month! Stay tuned to see if I get them out of my stash and into some closets!

Sew the Stash///January Plans

I’m starting a new series this year to help me sew up some of those fabrics that have been in my stash for way too long! Each month I’m going to pick some stash fabric and make plans to use it up. I hope next month to show you what I made. I can’t link to most of these as they are older, but when possible I will provide links for all the projects!

For January I have three fabrics. First is a sizable remnant of a heathered pink French Terry that I used to make a top in my workout module from last year. I have enough that I think I can make Harper a comfy top either on it’s own or paired with something else.

I also have this floral poly crepe that I absolutely love and absolutely have no idea what to make with it. I bought it at least 2 years ago and it’s been sitting on my shelf purely from indecision. It’s drapey and light and I think would make a great Wilder Gown or some other flowy dress. Let me know if you have thoughts!

The third fabric is this canvas Frida Kahlo print that I’ve had from my very first years of sewing. It’s a gorgeous fabric and I think I would like to try and use up some of my fabric scraps and make the Closet Core Patterns DIY pouf. It’s a free pattern and I think it will be a great way to use up a lot of scraps as well as make use of this beautiful fabric.

Those are my plans for January! I hope to make some space in my fabric shelf and also use turn these lovely fabrics into something useful.

Make Nine 2021

There is a fun challenge on Instagram that has been going on for awhile called Make Nine. At the beginning of each year you pick 9 patterns you want to sew and show them on your grid. Sometimes people pick 9 fabrics, 9 techniques, whatever it is that works from them and go from there.

I have done this before and it is a great way to think about your year and what you would like to spend time on. Even if they don’t all get made or you change them up, it’s a fun way to plan for the year to come and think of your creativity in a big picture way.

This year I am doing something a little different. I want to use the new year to dive deeper into my sewing and really level up. I would love to focus on a few projects that teach me new skills and take up a little more of my time.

For my make nine I am picking three different types of garments and then making 3 versions of those things. I would like to focus on coats, shirt making, and pants and sew these things throughout the year. I am planning on going in that order, but if I get inspired to switch back and forth I think that will be fine too!

I’ve chosen nine patterns for the grid, but nothing is completely set in stone. I will be sharing my process here, any great resources I find, as well as plenty of inspiration to keep us all inspired.

Stay tuned, I’m starting the year with an abundance of creative energy and I hope you’ll come along with me as I try and become a better sewist!

How I Plan Projects

The other day someone asked me on Instagram how I plan for projects. Specifically, how do I make fabric purchases (I was showing some things I bought during Black Friday sales) and make sure they actually get made into something and not sit around in my stash forever.

This got me thinking about how my planning has changed over the years, and specifically how much it has changed this year. I used to make monthly plans, maybe with a big picture idea of what was coming up, but mostly I would plan a few projects at a time.

This meant I ended up with some random makes at the end of the month and not always in love with everything. Or the inspiration I had would fade and I no longer was interested in sewing with a certain fabric or pattern.

After thinking on it a bit, I realized that these are the things that have really helped me as far as planning my sewing and then loving what I made!

Evaluate your Closet

I really can’t stress enough how helpful reading The Conscious Closet was for me this spring. Taking the time to consider your closet- what colors you wear, patterns you like, shapes you feel good in, and what you actually put on your body day after day- can really help you plan for projects that turn out being things you love. It can also help you evaluate fabrics quickly and easily. I can see a gorgeous floral and appreciate it, but know that it would either sit in my stash or closet lonely and sad because I don’t actually wear that many florals. Really knowing your style, even if it’s evolving, is important in planning out makes.

Set Parameters

I only buy as much fabric as I have room for. Right now I am sharing an office with my husband and I have a cube shelf and 2 of those cubes are designated for fabric. I have two cube storage boxes that are tucked away in a corner that have some more of my stash or cuts that can be used again and that is it. I just don’t have room for anything else and it helps me not get side tracked with looking at fabric stores online.

The same is kind of true for my pattern stash, although I will fully admit the cabinet holding printed patterns is bursting at the seams!

You can also look at budget. Decide if buying fabric all at once for the year during sales makes sense to you or is it better if you have specific projects in mind and only buy a few yards at a time? Whatever it is, have some guidelines for yourself to keep you from dreaming and buying and actually make sure that you’re sewing too.

Think in Groups

The biggest game changer by far this year has been that I now think of sewing in collections or modules. Narrowing down patterns and looking at how pieces can be worn together means I end up with really wearable clothes. I also find the process of planning this way to be a lot of fun and it keeps me inspired. When the weather changed and I was looking at fall I didn’t get distracted by anything else, I could focus in on what I needed or wanted in my closet and had a lot of fun planning and making from there.

Will there always be a dress like my birthday dress that takes hold of me out of nowhere and I decide to make on a whim? Yes! At least, I hope so! That is a joyful part of creating that so many of us are always searching for. But those are special makes and I would rather have one or two fabrics waiting for those moments than a towering stash of fabric I don’t know what to do with.

I have a fun idea for my sewing in 2021 and I can’t wait to share it with you soon! I would love to hear how you plan your makes or how you keep your stash inspiring.

Kid’s Fall Module Part One

I’m starting my month of sewing kids’ clothes with the youngest- my two year old son! I will be making him one pair of pants, 3 shirts, and one cozy sweatshirt. I’m hoping to have these all finished and photographed by Friday, so stay tuned! In the mean time I’ve linked fabric and the patterns I’m thinking I will use below.

This Samson Sweater from Love Notions is adorable and will be the ‘topper’ of this module as he can wear it layered over other things for a good part of the fall. I’m hoping to make brother a matching one out of this Sweatshirting complete with faux leather patches.

This adorable Bicycle Sweatshirt Fleece is going to be made up as a sweatshirt and this soft French Terry will be a long sleeve shirt with white ribbing from my stash.

I have some really cute green plaid that I’m hoping to sew up into a Buttoned-up Button-down shirt from Oliver and S Patterns. I think it will be adorable paired with these pants from the Spring 2017 issue of Ottobre. I bought this twill to give it a classic khaki pants look.

Sam doesn’t need too much so I think these cozy pieces will be nice additions to his fall wardrobe!

Plans for September! All the Kids Clothes!

Wednesday I shared everything I sewed this past spring and summer and… it was a lot! And 99% of it was all for me! Which is great, it’s why I sew, but when I was looking into my fall plans and determining what I needed, I couldn’t get excited about much. Then I cleaned out my kids’ closets to get ready for the cooler weather, and I realized all three of them have gaps in their wardrobe.

So I’m taking the month of September and sewing all the kids clothes! I am following Whitney from TomKat Stitchery’s module plan and making 2 bottoms, 3 tops, and 1 topper for each child. I’ll focus on each kid for every month of September so you can see my plans and final makes. I’m hoping planning it out this way means it will all get done so they can have everything in their wardrobes ready to go as the weather is already turning cooler!

I’ll be using patterns from Ottobre magazine as well as quite a few Love Notions patterns. I love looking at ready to wear to get inspired for kids’ clothes and love playing around with bold colors and fun prints. Most of what I’m making is knit, a lot of sweat shirting, and a lot of things that can be layered up in colder weather.

Another great tip for keeping your children in clothes that fit is to buy second hand. A lot of our thrift stores aren’t open here yet, but some are and I plan on exploring a few in the coming weeks. Kids grow so fast that you can usually find great stuff that is in great shape. I’ll let you know if I get to make this more sustainable option happen!

I’ll share what I’m making for Sam on Monday, but the picture is definitely a preview. Have a great long weekend, hope you get some time to make something!