Cozy Capsule/// Simplicity 9337 Tie Dye Sweatsuit

I have another cozy set to share with you and it’s one I’ve been wanting to make for a long time, a tie dye sweatsuit. Back during peak quarantine it felt like tie dye was everywhere. We were all wearing it, making it, lounging in it. I wanted a sweatsuit but thought- no that’s kind of silly. I probably wouldn’t wear it that much (ahaha hahahahaha remember how naive we all were?!) so I made Harper one out of french terry and literally every time she had it on I wished for one.

So I finally made my dreams happen when I saw this lovely french terry from Style Maker Fabrics. I’m sorry this specific fabric isn’t available anymore, but there are some good options for other tie dye looks.

I wanted to try Simplicity 9337 as the pattern because it’s a great base sweatsuit and I liked that it was unisex. I could see basically everyone in my family wearing all of these pieces and I was excited to try the joggers as I don’t really have a jogger pattern I love.

This pattern comes in a size XS-XL and that means a finished bust/chest measurement of 30-54 inches and a 36-52″ finished hip measurement. I made a straight size small and really like the fit. I may shorten the top just a little next time, but the joggers are pretty perfect right out of the package.

I didn’t change anything except to omit the drawstring. I just don’t like drawstrings that much and kept it clean with a 2″ elastic instead.

These are so comfortable and I think they’re really cute too. I will absolutely be making this pattern again and can’t wait to try them for my kids too. I will have to adjust some of the sizing, but I think pretty soon they will be able to wear patterns like this!

Highly recommend this one if you need some good basics in your life. I think everyone needs a cozy tie dye sweatsuit in their life!

Cozy Capsule/// Matching Sets

I’m sharing two patterns that I’ve been loving together as cozy loungewear sets. The Breckenridge Henley and the Resolution Bottoms both by Love Notions can absolutely be worn as ‘real’ clothes but I like them in knitwear for more of pajama, loungewear clothing.

Love Notions’ patterns are really well thought out. I love all the options each pattern comes with and they regularly run sales to keep their patterns affordable. When you choose to print the PDF versions of patterns the different options are clearly marked so you can only print exactly the pieces you need. Another great little detail is the way that you print out the pieces, you don’t have to trim them before sticking them together! This is a huge time saver and makes PDFs so much less daunting. I love the thought that goes into the patterns and the packaging and instructions!

Love Notions has a pretty great size range from XS-5X which is a 33-57.5″ bust measurement and 35.5-59.5″ hip measurement. I made a straight size medium in both my top and bottoms and with my measurements it looks like I’m between a small and medium. I find the medium to be a great fit for me with this company and don’t need to make any adjustments.

The two patterns I made and have been wearing non stop together are the Breckenridge Henley and the Resolution Bottoms.

I’ve made the henley before for tshirt month and was really happy with the result, I just thought the fabric was a little thin for wearing out and would prefer it as pajamas. There are quite a few versions for length and sleeves and I love the neckband. You can absolutely make these working buttons, but it’s easy enough to just sew them on and not need them to work. There are clear instructions for both.

I made the long sleeve shirt length version with the long cuffs. The first version is in this white sand sedona mini stripe jersey and the second is a brushed waffle sweater knit in the color moss, both from Surge Fabrics. Both of these turned out great and were fairly simple to sew. Maybe a little trickier than your average t-shirt with that neckband, but nothing too difficult.

For the bottoms I made the Resolution bottoms which have 4 different versions. Leggings, moto leggings, boot cut yoga pants, and straight leg yoga pants. I made the straight leg version, again in a straight medium. At first I wasn’t sure of these, there is a back yoke detail that I didn’t love at first but then after wearing these non stop I realize I like the shaping of them. These are so cozy and great for lounging around. I want to try a true leggings version for more activewear next time!

I’m so happy with both of these sets and if you were to drop by unexpectedly on a weekend afternoon, I’d probably be wearing one of these.

Cozy Capsule/// Bert Knit Top by Style Arc

Full disclosure- I am still trying to get my deep dives for turtlenecks done, but two of my fabric orders have been delayed (I’m assuming due to weather!) and I am having to work around that. But hopefully soon I will be able to continue my series on turtle neck patterns. Until then, please enjoy my latest make for my Cozy Capsule, the Bert Knit Top from Style Arc Patterns.

I have been wanting a rugby style, oversized sweater for awhile. I have a fleece one I stole from Chris that I love and wear on the regular, it’s just not the cutest thing. So when I saw the Bert Top I knew it was exactly what I was wanting.

This pattern is described as “Stylish button front polo collar elevates this comfy easy fit style featuring drop shoulder line, deep armhole and slight balloon sleeve.” It comes in sizes 4-30 which seems pretty standard for Style Arc pattern.s

Style Arc recommends fleece, unbrushed fleece, and Rugby with optional rib trim for fabric choices. I think any stable, thick knit would work well. I used the Banff waffle knit from Surge fabrics in the color All Spice and it’s so good. It’s a perfect mix of stability and drape and is incredibly comfortable to wear.

I made a straight size 8. I’m technically a size 6 in tops for Style Arc, but I sized up one to get that slouchy, oversized look I’m loving. If you want this to look more like the line drawings I think making your true size will give you just that.

This is rated a medium level by Style Arc and the collar and tabs would be the trickiest parts for newer sewists. The instructions are pretty clear, I will say the tab construction could be a little clearer. If you’ve never done a placket or something similar I could see this being very confusing.

As you can see in my photos, I don’t have buttons on my top. That is only because I didn’t have them and the ones I ordered online will be here (they’re with the fabric I’m waiting on!) I think putting on the buttons will help a bit with how floppy the neckline of this looks and just make it look more finished. It’s not supposed to all be open like it is, so those will make this sweater match the line drawings that much more.

One final note about this pattern is the beautiful finish of the collar. They have you bind the seam and it’s a really professional look. You may notice I did not do this, but only because the first time around I used self fabric and it was extremely bulky. If I had something on hand that I could use I would, but instead I’m just leaving it as this fabric doesn’t fray and trimmed down I don’t think it’s noticeable.

If I made this again I would absolutely highlight this detail. A fun contrast would be fun and I think these kind of finishes are what make Style Arc so good. They really take what we sew for ourselves and give us ready to wear finishes to take our clothes to the next level.

I love this sweater and have been wearing it with jeans. It’s cute, a color that I love, and is exactly what I had in mind when I bought this pattern. Highly recommend if you’re looking for this style of top to take you through the end of winter.

Winter Knitting and Embroidery

We are in the middle of winter and I have some finished projects to share as well as some plans for the next couple of months! I am a very new knitter and have been dabbling in embroidery for years now. Having projects to work on sporadically has always kind of been how I worked, but lately I’ve been enjoying planning projects and thought I’d share them here with you.

For embroidery, I’ve been enjoying my Cozy Blue Stitch Club kits. I finished up the November kit this week and have the December one in my hoop. These are really easy to throw in my bag and work on in the carpool line or while I’m at Sam’s school. I’m not quite sure what I’m going to make with the finished samplers yet, but I have a few fun ideas brewing.

I have three finished objects that I knitted and I’m so excited about each of them for different reasons.

The first is my Shake Your Groove Thing Poncho that I knit as part of the Fall KAL over at Knit Collage. I love my finished poncho and I enjoyed the entire process of making it. I learned how to make increases and decreases and how to change yarns easily and seamlessly. At first I wasn’t sure how much I would wear this, but I’ve found myself reaching for it quite a bit.

My next sweater is one that I don’t love the finished product but I learned so much making it and it boosted my confidence in knitting. I immediately wanted to cast on a new project when I finished to take what I had learned and apply it! This is the Be Mine Sweater from Knit Collage. I made the cropped version (kind of by accident?) and I’m sorry I don’t have a pic in it to show you. I’m going to have to be creative in styling it up and just haven’t found the right pieces to pair it with yet. Even if I never find a way to wear it, I don’t know that I’ll ever get rid of it. It’s my first knitted sweater and I’m so proud of it, warts and all!

My third sweater came off my needles this week and I immediately threw it on. I need to block it this weekend but man oh man, I’m in love!!! This is the Kingston Sweater by Good Night Day and it’s fabulous. A classic raglan sleeve sweater with fun cropped, bell shaped sleeves, this one was so fun to knit. I love the bulkier yarn and this color is gorgeous. I used the Crazy Sexy Wool in Duck Egg Blue from Wool and the Gang and I think I need to find a fun cardigan pattern to make up for Harper in it. Fun to work with and a really satisfying make, I can’t wait to wear this more through the winter.

Coming up I’m going to try and find a cardigan pattern for Harper (would love your favorite chunky cardigan patterns, bonus points if they’re for tweens!) and a balaclava for Sam out of January’s Knit Crate Yarn. Lisa from And Sew On has a coupon code, go check out this video!, if you would like to try out this subscription box. I don’t plan on getting it every month but I think it will be a simple way to learn about more yarns.

My big project for the rest of winter is going to be the Wednesday Sweater from Petite Knits. I bought the Knitting for Olive Merino and Silk Mohair in the color way Copper and am so excited about this one. It’s going to take me awhile, and I’ve accepted that!, but I’ve already cast on and have learned how to knit German Short Rows. In love with this color and yarn already!

While I’m feeling a little less than inspired with sewing I’m finding embroidery and knitting such satisfying projects and having warm sweaters to pull on- that I made!- is a whole new joy to me. What’s on your needles at the moment?

Cozy Capsule/// Fenix Sweatshirt by Style Arc

For pattern reviews it is very helpful to have a person’s measurements! So before we begin, I am 5 foot 9 with a 32 inch bust, 29 inch waist, and 36 inch hips. I am pretty evenly proportioned but do find that my arms are longer than average! Happy to answer any fitting questions in reference to this pattern and my body should you have them- just leave me a comment!

I have the second piece of my cozy capsule to show you today! I’ve been wearing it pretty regularly because it is so warm and we have had some very cold temps up here in the mountains. I’m actually looking out the window at a winter wonderland as I type.

This top is the Fenix Sweatshirt by Style Arc Patterns. It’s described as a crew neck sweatshirt with side panels with inseam pockets. It has an extended shoulder line and a deep arm hole. There’s a slightly hi-low hemline and slouchy long sleeve. The band, panels, cuff, and hem band can all be made in a rib knit or contrasting fabric.

The Fenix comes in sizes 4-30 which is a finished bust measurement of 30″-67 3/4″. I made a straight size 8 with no adjustments. I sized up from my Style Arc make last week in hopes that it would result in an even more oversized look. I think it worked pretty well!

Style Arc patterns can confuse people when it comes to what size you need to buy as they sell their patterns a little differently than other companies. You can buy individual sizes of patterns (know that you get the size above and below as well, just not all in one file so it is a little harder to grade). For their newer patterns you can usually buy multiple sizes at once, which is what I did with the AO file. I did this for ease of printing just as much as I did to have the multiple size range!

The fabric recommended is Fleece, rugby knit and a knit rib for the trims. I used this lavender gray eco- fleece from Needle Sharp. It’s incredibly cozy and, like I said before, so so warm. Maybe the warmest sweatshirt I own. I had fun playing with both sides of this fabric and used the fleece side for a contrast on the collar, cuffs, hem band, and side panels. I like how that makes the fabric read more purple than just gray and how it adds interest to this simple design.

Style Arc describes this pattern as Medium and the trickiest bits are the pockets and panels. Everything else is the same as any sweatshirt and this came together very quickly. I do love Style Arc drafting. The sleeves are the perfect amount of slouchy and the collar lays so nicely. I think this company does a great job in making outstanding patterns, even if they are simple.

There is an option for topstitching on this pattern that they suggest doing with a twin needle. I think this would add a really nice, ready to wear finish if you made this in one color or wanted to jazz it up a bit. I opted out of the topstitching, just because I thought enough was going on with the contrast detailing.

My only complaint with this pattern is that it’s not quite perfect for me. I can’t decide if it should be longer (it looks longer in than style pictures?) or if it should be a touch shorter and hit at my waist. This fabric is very thick and I do think those pockets could get bulky, so watch out for that. I just didn’t want to sacrifice giving up the warmth of that fleece!

All in all, this is a basic sweatshirt with a twist that will get worn plenty this winter. While I’m not absolutely in love with it, I keep reaching for it again and again so that has to say something about its place in my closet! I would like to try it again and play around with the proportions just a bit.

I hope this review was helpful to you! Let me know if you need any more information in the comments.

Nikko Top and Dress by True Bias

For pattern reviews it is very helpful to have a person’s measurements! So before we begin, I am 5 foot 9 with a 32 inch bust, 29 inch waist, and 36 inch hips. I am pretty evenly proportioned but do find that my arms are longer than average! Happy to answer any fitting questions in reference to this pattern and my body should you have them- just leave me a comment!

I have my second review for the year for you today and it’s going to be the start of a turtle neck trend. I’ll be sewing up a few patterns that seem to be very popular among sewists and then comparing them all. If you have a tried and true turtleneck pattern, let me know and I will consider adding it to the list!

Today I’m going to talk about a pattern that I have sewn many times, the Nikko Top and Dress by True Bias Patterns.

True Bias is run by Kelli who turned her sewing blog from a hobby to a career when she went to the Fashion Institute of Technology to learn pattern making. She began creating and selling “modern, urban patterns for women, and then added age appropriate children’s versions of the same patterns.”

True Bias patterns are very popular among sewists and I think it’s because they are incredibly wearable. Kelli has a great eye and will release a pattern that then becomes a huge trend. I think her Hudson joggers were out in the world right before joggers took over, and now it is a staple in most people’s wardrobe.

I have made quite a few True Bias patterns and her men’s and children’s Hudson pants are ones I make again and again for my husband and kids. The Nikko is probably one of most made patterns and I have sewn 4 versions that get pretty constant wear.

It is also worth mentioning that True Bias has a very active blog and Instagram with a lot of helpful hints, hacks, and tutorials. Should you have any issues with your make, I would feel fairly confident in saying that you could get assistance from Kelli or her team very easily.

The website describes the pattern as such, “The Nikko pattern includes four views, all with a simple and stylish mock turtleneck. Views A and B are tops with a fitted silhouette that is perfect to pair with a high waisted bottom like the Lander pattern. Views C and D are straighter through the waist and hip, extending to the ankle, with knee-length side slits to complete the dress. Views A and C are both sleeveless, cut to resemble a racerback, but with enough coverage to wear a regular bra. Views B and D have long fitted sleeves that reach the wrist.”

I would like to note that all the versions are separate pattern pieces, which I think is important when considering a version of a top is a dress. There is intentional shaping in the separate patterns that give them each a great fit and the lines on the sleeveless version are a bit different making it truly a separate pattern than the one with sleeves.

The sizing on the Nikko has recently been extended and runs from a 0-18 which is a 32-44.5″ bust and 35-46.5″ hip drafted for a C cup and a 14-30 range which is a 41.5-57.5″ bust and 43.5-59.5″ hip drafted for a D cup.

It is described as being advanced beginner level and a lot of the reviews I found mentioned that it was a first time sewing with knits for many people. The instructions are clear with illustrations for just about every step. It seemed that all those beginner reviews were very happy with their finished make. I appreciated that you use clear elastic in the shoulder seam and I like the finishes for the sleeveless and the split hems of the dress.

The fabric required for the Nikko is “Medium weight knit fabric with an approximate 75% stretch such as rib knit, sweater knit, bamboo knit, or stretch velvet.” My favorite and most used fabric is bamboo rib knit. It is soft and drapey and I love how it looks sewn up as this pattern!

What I like most about the Nikko Top and Dress is that it is truly a staple of my wardrobe. I use turtlenecks for laying throughout the winter and love the dress version. Kelli has turned what could be very boring make into something I enjoy and reach for again and again.

I have 4 versions that I wear on heavy rotation! In fact, putting this post together I realized I would like more colors of this pattern and definitely want to try a sleeveless top in the spring. I have made a straight size 6 in all of these versions with no adjustments.

First I have the sleeveless dress version in a bamboo rib knit that I made near the beginning of 2020. I love this dress, I wasn’t sure when I first made it how wearable it would be, but I reach for it all the time. Great with boots and a chunky sweater on top for every day wear.

After I made the dress, I used what I had left to sew a long sleeve top. This top takes me just under a yard of fabric to make and I love being able to use every last bit of gorgeous fabric.

Same top, but it blue! I bought this fabric in a remnant sale and had just enough for another long sleeve version.

Finally I have one of my most recent makes, the hack of the Nikko dress that I made for Christmas. In a thicker rib knit, this dress is incredibly comfortable. I just eye balled a neckline and added sleeves with a band, really because this is all the fabric I had, and I love how this one turned out.

I did try to whip up a new version before this post using a modal with a fleecy wrong side but I was not careful about the stretch and I can’t get this neckband over my head. I didn’t have time this weekend to fix this, but I’m going to do something about the neck. I think this will be such a warm and cozy top to have for the rest of the winter. I loved the color and the idea of not having a boring turtle neck when I got skiing.

This is a really popular pattern and you can find hashtags all over the place for it! I found the top, the dress, and the hacks hashtags really great places to see this pattern made up in all kinds of fabrics on a lot of different bodies. One perk of an older pattern is that you can really find great inspiration because so many people have already made it!

There were also a few great blog posts, here, here, here, here, and here. And here are all the blog posts on the True Bias site that have to do with the Nikko!

The only issues people seemed to have with this pattern was the fact that it is very close fitting, so be sure and check your measurements against the finished garment measurements to understand the negative ease. A few people had issues with wavy hems. In the instructions there are a few tips for how to deal with this! Otherwise it seemed like a simple make for most people and a great first time sewing with knits.

I hope this review is helpful and please let me know if you would like any more information. Would love to hear if you’ve made the Toaster Sweater and what you thought of your finished make!

Cozy Capsule/// The Verity Knit Top by Style Arc

For pattern reviews it is very helpful to have a person’s measurements! So before we begin, I am 5 foot 9 with a 32 inch bust, 29 inch waist, and 36 inch hips. I am pretty evenly proportioned but do find that my arms are longer than average! Happy to answer any fitting questions in reference to this pattern and my body should you have them- just leave me a comment!

I have the first piece of my cozy capsule to show you today! This was the last thing I made in 2021 and I’ve been wearing it pretty regularly these past couple of weeks, it definitely captures the ‘cozy’ spirit I was after.

This top is the Verity Knit Top by Style Arc Patterns. It is described as jumper style with an extended shoulder line and a square shape. It has a funnel neck with a channel for ribbon, slim line sleeves and a slightly scooped hemline with facing. It features top stitching, which I omitted due to the texture of the fabric I used.

The Verity comes in sizes 4-30 which is a finished bust measurement of 30″-67 3/4″. I made a straight size 6 with no adjustments. The only change I made to the pattern was to eliminate the channel in the neck and instead treat it as a more basic turtleneck. I did this partly because I didn’t have a cord to use that I liked, but also because I leaned into the less sporty appeal of this pattern and chose to have it look more like a traditional sweater.

Style Arc patterns can confuse people when it comes to what size you need to buy as they sell their patterns a little differently than other companies. You can buy individual sizes of patterns (know that you get the size above and below as well, just not all in one file so it is a little harder to grade). For their newer patterns you can usually buy multiple sizes at once, which is what I did with the AO file. I did this for ease of printing just as much as I did to have the multiple size range!

The fabric recommended is double knit, fine rib, sweater knit, rugby, and fleece . I used a sweater knit that I picked up at Joann when I was shopping for Halloween costume materials. It’s no longer available (actually! I saw it in store but cannot find it online), but this one is similar. It’s soft and light weight but still cozy and I love texture it has. Kind of a faux cable look. I also liked that it was a more cream color. I don’t wear a lot of white and I thought this was a nice warm color to have up by my face.

Style Arc describes this pattern as Easy/Medium and I agree. It is a basic sweater pattern, only 4 pieces, and I think the only tricky part would be adding the channel for the neck piece. Style Arc is known for having fairly sparse instructions but honestly I find them straightforward and just fine! There are illustrations for some trickier parts and the drafting is so well done that just going step by step I think a beginner would be able to work through the simpler patterns just fine.

There is a facing for this hem, which I thought was a nice finishing detail. This fabric could have easily been turned under and hemmed, but sometimes with knits and a slight curve, hems can look a little wonky or just look less professional. I think the facing makes sure it lays nicely and elevates the finishes a bit.

The thing I liked most about this design is how it plays with the sporty, athleisure trend and how it is oversized but still well proportioned. You are not swimming in fabric on this one! I like that you could make it look much more sporty or more like a sweater depending on the fabric you use. I always appreciate a pattern that is a classic shape but that you can make again and again and have it look like a different pattern.

I’m really happy with how my Verity turned out because it’s exactly what I wanted- a slightly oversized, cozy sweater! I plan to wear it with leggings around the house and it looks great with jeans and boots. The length makes it a little trickier to pair with my other pants, but I think it would look great with a straight leg ponte pant in the future.

There is a hashtag on Instagram for inspiration and I found two great reviews of the pattern here and here. I didn’t see any big issues with this pattern and didn’t notice any trends in the reviews I read!

I hope you found this review helpful, please let me know if you need any other information about this pattern.

Winter Trends and How to Sew Them

I have so many images saved on my phone that I’ve taken from runway shows and use as inspiration. I love looking at the high fashion designer ideas and figuring out what draws me to them and what I can pull from them to wear in my every day life. I’ve taken 5 trends from this winter (I used this article from Vogue to help me hone in on just 5) and tried to find patterns that we could use at home to make our own runway worthy looks!

Trend Number One: Ski Chic

Ok wow I love this trend because it’s kind of how I dress every day in a mountain town. I mean the idea of just putting on layer over layer over layer and throwing on a beanie and calling it fashion is very appealing to me. Think the athlesuire, sporty vibe we’ve been seeing for awhile and just make it warmer. Puffy parkas, quilted pants, appropriate head gear. Here are some patterns you could sew up to be ski chic yourself, no matter how far away you are from the mountains.

I think Vicki Sew’s Nurit Coat Pattern is absolutely perfect for this trend and would be a lot of fun to sew. It has some cool details like a detachable hood that make it feel very ready to wear! As a bit of an outlier, I thought M8206 would be an interesting pattern to try. I think with the right fabric you could absolutely get some ski chic out of these cargo pants.

Trend Number Two: Leather/Fur/Texture

Texture is really big this winter and a fun way for us sewists to try out new materials. This is the season to try your hand at a leather blazer or add a fun fur lining to a hood. Thick, fuzzy coats with simple lines or something like a chic mini skirt in a faux leather could be amazing. Look for patterns that aren’t too fussy and spend your energy on sourcing fun fabric!

I think this skirt by Burda, 6252 would be a great style to sew up in leather. Corduroy would also be very cute and give you that texture. I searched ‘leather’ on The Foldline and the Isra Shirt by FibreMood came up and it’s just perfect for this season. I love that it’s a shirt made specifically with leather in mind in case it feels daunting to try out a new fabric with your sewing. The lines are beautiful and modern- I love the hidden button placket- and really let the leather sing.

Trend Number Three: Pleats

Keeping with that texture trend, pleats are everywhere right now. There are a lot of blazers with pleated skirts and I love that look for an office when you’re sick of a suit. It’s also a fun iteration of all the 70s silhouettes we’ve been seeing. I love the movement of these skirts and think they take the fun of the tiers that we saw all summer long and make them a little more adult for winter.

I had trouble finding patterns for this one, but look for pleated fabric as well!, but I think the two skirts I found could absolutely work. M8248 is a fun one, I love that shorter version for the sporty look too, and while it’s shown in a more bohemian styling, I think it would look great in a suiting/workwear type fabric. S9472 was just released with Simplicity’s early spring collection but I think it could absolutely work for colder weather. The first two versions play into the pleat trend and would look great in a solid color.

Trend Number Four: KnitWear

Ok wait, this is my favorite trend and if you saw my plans video on Friday, you know that I’m fully embracing all things knitwear. Matching sets and knit dresses look so expensive and can make you look completely put together when you actually feel like you’re wearing pajamas. Look for rich tones in fabrics and go for that monochromatic look to keep this from looking shlubby.

I found two very different patterns depending on what direction you want to take with this trend. First, the Brooklyn Knit Pant from Style Arc is a great style if you like the idea of knit wear but still need to look a bit more polished. Straight leg pants with slant pockets, these could easily work for more dressed up looks as well as looking cute paired with a matching top to get that set look. Vicki Sews’ Iliana Dress nails this trend and would look incredible in a lush sweater knit.

Trend Number Five: Patchwork

Patchwork is still going strong! If you don’t want to go full patchwork, look for ways to color block or pattern mix. There is a lot of playing around with prints and geometric shapes right now. Don’t think patchwork has to look country or homey, yes you can absolutely take an old quilt and turn it into a coat, but you can also take a a basic garment and break it up into a few different colors or prints to play with the look in a way that feels like your style.

I found two patterns that would work great for color blocking. First is TPC20 shirt and shirt dress by Trend Patterns. I like the modern lines of this pattern and think the sample dress is a great example of taking the patchwork trend and making it a bit more subtle. There were a lot of patchwork pants and the ZW Block Pant by Birgitta Helmersson would be an interesting one to play with. Look for patterns that you can break up into shapes and then color block with as wild or subtle fabrics as you want!

I had fun looking at these trends and thinking about how to interpret them through sewing. Are there any trends out there that you are looking forward to trying? Or maybe they aren’t for you but you’ll cheer as other people take them on? Sometimes experimenting and trying new shapes or styles can be fun, even if we end up not falling in love with that particular trend. Fashion should be fun and make you smile! Wear that ski suit if you want or wrap yourself in fur and leather, 2022 is all yours baby!

Winter Makes Wrap Up!

I wanted to put together a wrap up of all the things I made this winter (Jan- now) and listen… the number is high. 24 things! in 3 and a half months!

There is no way this is sustainable, nor do I need this many new things in my life. I’m including some house projects and quite a few kid related projects in that number, but still. It’s high. But, it’s still a pandemic, it’s been pretty snowy and cold here, and I’ve gotten into a good work flow that helps me get through projects fairly quickly.

When I look at all these makes there was really only one true fail, the bomber jacket!, and everything else has been getting worn on the regular. That makes me feel good and like I’m on the right track in building a wardrobe I love.

I also tackled three coats/jackets as part of my make 9. I have some thoughts on coat making and I hope to make some more this fall and winter.

  1. You just have to jump in. It’s scary! There are a lot of steps and pieces and notions you don’t normally use! But like any other project, you just have to take it one step at a time. All my coats were fairly simple, and I think this was a great way to get started. Now I’m ready to keep going and keep honing my technique!
  2. You have to invest time and money. It’s going to take more time to sew a coat and you need to allot for that. It’s also going to cost money. Materials and notions for coats usually cost a little more plus you usually just have to buy more of it (lining, size and amount of fabric for a coat, specialty notions, etc). Planning for this investment is helpful and knowing that a ready to wear coat costs more than other garments is a good way to keep it in perspective.
  3. It’s worth it! There are some items I’m beginning to think aren’t worth sewing, for me personally. I was curious to see what I thought of my handmade coats. And a part from that bomber jacket… totally worth it. I love that I could make a coat in the exact color and style I wanted! And the second I put on a blazer and it wasn’t uncomfortable and tight across the shoulders, I knew it was worth the time I put in. With more practice I would think that I could sew a beautiful coat with finishings and details that would cost me a lot more money in the store. Being able to customize and get the exact coat you want is worth it to me!

I’m so ready to move onto spring (as I sit here and watch it snowing outside…) but I wanted to wrap up my winter makes before starting to shift my closet over. You can find a lot of my winter makes here!

My Winter Module/// The Full Reveal

Just in time for the seasons to change, I have my full reveal to share of my winter module. I’m really happy with how this turned out and will absolutely be wearing all of these into spring. Check out the posts for all the details and links to patterns and fabrics. Tops can be found here! Bottoms here! The dress is here! And the Topper is here!

I love seeing all of these together and am excited to bring some of these into spring and styling them up in new ways. Module sewing is such a great way to plan out really wearable pieces. I loved the whole process and the added challenge of only using one pattern company was a fun twist.

Thanks for following along and I hope to have some final thoughts on Fibre Mood to share with you next week!

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