My Fall Module/// Butterick 6378

I have my final piece of my fall module to show you today and it may be my favorite! To see everything I’ve made as a part of this collection, click here!

The idea for this top absolutely started with this amazing Atelier Brunette Autumn Posey Rayon Dobby in Chestnut. I’ve had my eye on it for months and when I was planning this module, decided this was the print I wanted to go with. In working through The Conscious Closet (you can see my whole series on the book here!) I realized that I am more of a solids gal. I like color and playing around with color mixing, but find I wear less prints in general. So when I kept thinking about this fabric, I knew it was one worth throwing in the mix!

I am absolutely loving the seventies fashion inspiration right now and this pattern B6378 felt like a modern take on a seventies blouse. I made version B in a size 12 and it has turned out to be one of my best made garments yet. The finishes are beautiful and the fit is pretty perfect. I didn’t make any alterations and I found the instructions and construction of the neck facing and neck tie to be really well done.

I’ve paired it here with my pink Pietra pants. I don’t know if this is too much pink, but I kind of dig these two pieces together and feel like Harry Styles might approve of this outfit!

I love that I was able to fall in love with a print and imagine it made up as something lovely and then create exactly what I wanted. Sometimes sewing really does feel like magic.

My Fall Module/// Toaster Sweater

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 made this in a size medium out of this gorgeous Ultra Plush Stripe Texture Sweater knit in Hunter. This fabric is incredible! It is cozy and soft but still has a little drape to it. I think it would make an amazing cardigan or sweater dress!

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!

My Fall Module/// McCall’s 8145

Today I have my first top from my fall module to share with you! You can find my topper and 2 bottoms here if you would like to see the whole collection.

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!

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.

Sustainable Fashion Haul/// My Well Loved Clothing Frock Box

A few weeks ago I found Adey’s youtube channel Well Loved Clothing and I binged all her videos. She is a thrifter that has an amazing eye and styles up her finds in unique ways. She also sells pieces and refashioned items in her shop.

I love her attitude about fashion and the joy she finds in getting dressed! When she posted that she would be selling Frock Boxes I knew I wanted to give it a try. I bought a box and then she sent me an in-depth questionnaire about sizing, pieces I was looking for, inspiration, and things I absolutely did not want. Then she went thrifting for me! In a couple of weeks I had a box full of 4 unique items that fit really well into my closet.

I have an unboxing video here and I thought I would share how I’m styling everything up this week on instagram as well.

First is this teal, oversized, cropped sweater that I think looks great with high waisted pants and skirts and I love it layered over my Kielo Wrap dress. I feel like your funky art teacher!

I told Adey I loved skirts and she did not disappoint in finding me this midi animal print skirt. I will absolutely wear this with t-shirts and sweatshirts and I love it with this thrifted Madewell sweater. I’m trying to figure out how to layer up and stay warm but still wear the silhouettes I love, I think this skirt makes that possible.

I’ve been having zero luck thrifting pants so I was nervous when I pulled out these pink cropped trousers! They fit perfectly though and I love the color. I will wear these all the time and I thought this sweater I rented from Nuuly worked perfectly with these pants.

My final piece might be the most basic, but it’s honestly something I will get the most wear out of. This mock turtle neck in the softest ribknit in a great color is a fantastic piece for layering. I love that it is sleeveless, I think it will be easier to wear under dresses this way, and I love the 70s vibe I get when I pair it with my high waisted jeans.

I was so impressed with this box! I love when people are creative with their business and offer something new to the world. If you love the idea of wearing second hand but have trouble finding the time or energy to shop yourself, check out Well Loved Clothing online!

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.

Workout Collection Reveal

As I’ve been diving deep into my closet, I’ve noticed a pretty big hole, my workout clothes! Everything I own is at least a couple of years old and it was time to get some more leggings and sports bras. I decided to spend the past two weeks making my own!

I chose 5 fabrics that could all mix and match in various ways and got to work sourcing patterns. I wanted to make clothes for actually working out but also things that were comfortable for lounging around in and things that could work for hikes and walks.

My first two makes are these Seamwork Mel joggers and this Greenstyle Creations Power Sports Bra. I’ve made these joggers before and they are a quick, cozy make. They are perfect in this light weight mustard cotton spandex french terry I picked up from Surge Fabrics. I loved the color and thought they would be warm enough for fall and to layer up in winter, but not so warm that I could actually sweat in them when we do our at home workouts.

I knew this fabric wouldn’t be the most supportive so I thought this racerback version of the bra would be a fun option, and it is! Perfect for lounging or walks and again, you know I love this color.

My next set is another version of the Power Sports Bra paired with the Cavallo Leggings. This green poly/lycra fabric is also from Surge fabrics and I didn’t have quite enough for all the details I wanted, so I dug in my stash for this gray performance wear fabric. I’m so happy because I ended up loving the color blocking even more than if it were all green! This bra is the strappy u back option with an 1 inch band. The leggings have the slanted pocket option and the ultra high rise waist band.

My final set is another Power Sports Bra and Cavallo Legging, this time in this beautiful fabric I bought from Greenstyle Fabrics. I loved the colors and the play on an animal print. The only difference in this set and the last one is that the bra has a 2 inch elastic band and the straight back.

I wanted a couple of layers to throw over the sports bras or tank tops and t-shirts and I decided on one light weight and one thicker. This pink heathered baby french terry is from Surge and I sewed the Uvita top from Itch to Stitch using the add on pattern. I added the hood, cuffs with thumbholes, kangaroo pocket, and bottom band. This pattern sewed up really quickly and it’s a great weight for layering in Colorado weather.

My final top is made out of this gray cable quilted knit from Surge and it is warm and cozy. The pattern is M7874 and I love the seam lines on this top. Another easy one to sew up but I think the details on this make it look ready to wear.

I loved sewing this little module and I know I will get a lot of use from these items. I was intimidated to try activewear, but honestly it was all fairly simple to make! I will have a more detailed review of Greenstyle Creations to share with you Wednesday, but if you’re interested in trying some of their patterns, they have offered my readers a 15% discount on any of their patterns! Just use the code GS15WM at checkout!

Spring/Summer Makes Round Up!

 

Here is (just about) everything I made this past spring and summer! I think there are around 25 pieces, plus a few things for the kids, plus a hell of a lot of masks.

I have found that sewing projects are great for me as a little escape from the horribleness that is 2020. I love that there is a beginning, middle, and end to each project. I love that I have to focus on the task at hand and keeping my hands busy means my brain is busy and not worried about all the things.

I know I’m incredibly privileged. My family is healthy and safe. My husband has a stable job that provides for us. We live in a beautiful part of the world where getting outside is easy and fun. I am thankful for all of this and for this hobby. I’m so glad I started blogging and vlogging again as the connection to the creative community online has really gotten me through this year. Thank you for following me along and I hope to have a lot more good stuff to share through the end of the year!

Last of the Summer Sewing

I have what will be the last of my summer sewing to share today and it’s a remake of a dress I never shared, so today you get a two for one!

This is a McCalls pattern that came out at the end of last summer. I picked it up because I loved the loose, swinging vibe mixed with these amazing sleeves. I made my first version right before we moved out of a poly crepe and I never really got to wear it much. When I put it on for these pictures I realized how great it was and am going to try to throw it into my nightgown adjacent attire rotation.

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For the second dress I knew I wanted to lengthen the bodice and I made it a size smaller. I had *just* enough fabric (that is the theme for this summer apparently) so the sleeves are a little shorter and the skirt is a little narrower, but I love these changes. I think it’s a bit of a different vibe from the first one and it’s so comfortable to wear.

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I’ve been seeing this dress pop up on instagram quite a bit lately and I think it’s because it’s a very simple make, I got it sewn up in one nap time!, and it’s loose and cool while still being cute. Perfect for throwing on in these hot final days of summer when we’re all mostly still at home!

I think the maxi version of this dress with the flutter sleeves would be gorgeous in a floral print for spring next year so I may keep that in mind when I’m looking at fabrics. Now that the bodice fits pretty perfectly, I might sew this up one more time. Sewing a pattern multiple times is a little unusual for me, so that’s how you know I love it!

///Pattern Detais////

Pattern and version made: This is M7969 and both of these are version A

Size and alterations: The leopard print is a size small, no alterations, and the newest version is an extra small bodice with alterations to the skirt and sleeve made to work with limited fabric. I also lengthened the bodice about an inch and a half, and I prefer where this one hits me.

Fabric Used: The animal print is a poly crepe I got from Blackbird last year and this version is a gorgeous Atelier Brunette rayon challis I picked up from Stylemaker Fabrics. 

Final Thoughts: I love this easy dress, especially for summer. Simple to make with fun details that keep it from being too basic. I prefer a little tighter fit in the bodice, simply because the wrap can feel like it’s loose and opening which isn’t ideal, but otherwise love the drafting of this dress. Would recommend this to more beginning sewists has it has no closures and the sleeve is easy to install, even with the gathers, since it is raglan style. I also think you get a lot of bang for your buck with this pattern as all the versions have a very different feel to them.