Sewing My Spring Capsule/// M8368

I have my first make and pattern review for my spring capsule up today. To see all my plans, check out this blog post! I am following along with the Everyday Style Spring Capsule Guide and basing my makes on what I need to fill out my spring wardrobe.

Today I have a piece that will fit into ‘navy athleisure pant.’ I saw this pattern when it came out earlier this spring and actually fell in love with the tops, thinking maybe the pants would be a fun silhouette to try. I sewed them up in some ribbed knit I picked up at Joann and had a horrible outcome with the top, but fell in love with the pants. Incredibly comfortable and I liked the shape of the leg. Something different than a jogger or sweat pant. So when I saw this as one of the pieces in the capsule I knew I wanted to make them in navy. I also knew they would be amazing to travel in, so I whipped them up last week before we got on a plane for Easter weekend.

I used M8368 which is described on the website as “Athletic crop top in two styles, View A has straps with a twisted front detail and View B is a high-neck top with a front cutout detail. Flare pants have waistband with optional front seams or knot detail at waist.”

This pattern comes in misses xs-xl and women’s 1x-5x (labeled as M8369) I am trying to be more cognizant of inclusive sizing when I purchase new patterns and was happy this one was available to a wide range of sewists.

I decided to sew pants version C with the simple yoke and found it incredibly easy to put together. The instructions are very clear and it is a simple pair of knit pants, not a lot of hand holding needed.

The flare on the leg of this pattern is what initially stood out to me and I am really happy with how mine turned out. I guess this could be a going out outfit depending on the fabric you used, but I am sticking with more of an athleisure wear vibe and will be wearing them with a tshirt and sneakers most of the time.

The pattern envelope calls for stretch knits such as athletic knits, cotton knits, or rib knits. I used a wide bamboo spandex rib knit in navy that I picked up from Stone Mountain and Daughter Fabrics for $22.50 a yard. The bamboo makes it incredibly soft and the spandex gives the pants great recovery.

I cut out a size small in the waistband and a medium in the legs, grading the hips ever so slightly to the small. I found my first pair was a little loose in the waistband and this pair fits perfectly. I omitted the elastic that they recommend putting in at the fold of the waistband because I find sometimes that can start to dig in and feel uncomfortable if you’re wearing them all day.

I absolutely love how these turned out, they feel like a fresh twist on navy comfy pants, and I know I will wear them a ton this spring. The lines of this pattern are pretty distinct, so I don’t know if I will be making them again. If I do I may try and make the whole set again, I would love to try one of the tops as more of a workout bra.

Happy to be starting my makes for spring and really glad this one turned out well! Let me know what you think or if you’ve made this pattern yourself.

Week of ‘Fits End of March/Early April

I’ve gotten off with my posting and sharing so here are some of my favorite outfits the past few weeks. From now until June, all of these clothes should be from my Spring Capsule which I will be sharing more about in the weeks to come as well as on Instagram. The point is, there should be a lot of repeats!

My favorite flares, new snow boots I bought this year, a white long sleeve t shirt I made last year and a sweater vest I bought after I rented it from Nuuly. I love the shape of it.

All new clothes I bought for my capsule! A hot pink sweatshirt from Gap, these 90s mom jeans from Madewell, and new sneakers from New Balance.

New pink pants from Gap that everyone I saw commented on, a new cropped graphic tee from Madewell, and a very old (and listen is might be maternity don’t yell at me) denim button down for a layer. The boots are also new!

A sweater I picked up second hand from Thred Up, the 90s mom jeans, and my shortie Uggs to keep my feet warm.

A new shacket I got from Gap, white shirt from Madewell, and these flare pants I made and should have more info about soon. Sneakers from New Balance.

Spring Making Plans

While I type this is is 20 degrees and snowing outside, but, buttttttttttt….. looking at the forecast next week, spring is finally here! I have been having so much fun putting together my spring capsule wardrobe. I am following the EveryDay Style Capsule guide and I just love this thing. All of my outfit posts that I share on Fridays will be using mostly pieces from my capsule so you will be able to see exactly how I put this to use.

I started with what I had in my closet, then looked into some of my favorite second hand stores, then went shopping using the links in the capsule, and finally went shopping for fabric and patterns that I can make for myself. I can’t wait to get started sewing and knitting these pieces and will be sharing pattern reviews as I finish them up. Let me show you some of my plans!

First up I’m going to be making the Mitchell Trousers by Closet Core Patterns out of some sandwashed viscose crepe in a navy colorway. I think these will be great every day pants I can wear with boots or sneakers and the fabric is light weight enough that I should be able to wear them with sandals in the spring.

I am loving the wide leg trouser trend and the capsule calls for tan pants so I’m going to try the Protea Pants from Paradise Patterns. I’ve seen a lot of people make these on Instagram and I thought it would be cool to sew them up in this designer deadstock midweight yarn dyed cotton. I love the pop of color in the tan fabric and the fun feminine play on menswear.

For a navy athleisure pant, I’m going to sew M8368. I made these up in a different fabric and absolutely love these giant flares. I think a navy version will be awesome to throw on with a tshirt and sneakers when I’m wanting to be comfortable but still look put together. I’m using a bamboo rib knit for ultimate comfy pants.

Finally for my sewing, I want a chambray dress. This particular fabric is no longer available, but really any chambray would work. I’m going to make the Nicks Dress from Closet Core patterns and since I’ve made this as a top already, I know it should fit me well and come together fairly quickly. I love that it has sleeves and I think it will be a dress that I can wear through multiple seasons here in Colorado.

For my knitting, you can always check on my project page on Ravelry to see what I’m up to, but my loose plans are to knit up a It’s Not a Sweatshirt from Knitting for Olive, the Whitmoor Sweater in a lovely lavender yarn, the Weekender in yarn I got second hand last year, and the Reverb Wrap in a kit I picked up on sale from Lion Brand a few weeks ago.

I do not expect to get all this knitting done by the time summer starts, but I’m hoping I can be casting off and setting them aside for cooler weather by that time. And if it takes longer, it takes longer, I really just enjoy planning my projects with the supplies I have and have been looking forward to casting on all of these for awhile now.

I will be checking in as I finish all of these projects as well as showing you how I wear them in real life here on the blog, so I hope you will follow along! Let me know your spring making plans, if you have any.