Toaster Sweater Update!

I’m sorry I don’t have a pattern review up for you today. I’m waiting on some fabric I purchased last week and I don’t think I need to tell you that shipping is very slow right now. So I will figure out a review for next week (hopefully the Arlington to continue our look at turtlenecks!) but in the meantime I wanted to alert you to an exciting update with the Toaster Sweater by Sew House 7.

I reviewed this pattern a couple of weeks ago and mentioned that they had an extended size range in some, but not all, of their patterns. Well now the Toaster is included in that! So if you were not able to make this great sweater before, I hope now this sizing can include a lot more of you.

If you are reading this on Monday January 24th, you can still purchase this pattern at the sale price!

Happy Sewing everyone! Here’s to us all having a wonderful week.

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.

What I Wore///January

Last week I decided to pull out the camera and document what I wore each day. I wanted to get myself out of the holiday/sweats all day rut and also challenge myself to wear one of my handmade garments every day. I happily met this challenge and had a great time taking time to plan out my clothes for the week.

There were a few stressful things happening last week and I really felt my clothing become my armor in a sense. I felt my mood change and felt put together in a way that had an impact on my whole day. Fashion can’t change your life but it can help you feel in control of how you feel. Putting on your favorite color, a dress that makes you feel great, those small things can carry you through the day.

So here is my week in looks! I hope to share these kinds of posts every month to show how I’m actually wearing the clothes I make and talk about here on a regular day to day basis.

Sunday I wore my leopard print Arlington turtleneck with my black Bob pants and some chunky black boots. This is a very comfortable outfit and was perfect for layering under snow gear to play outside with the kids.

Monday I spent my morning on the phone making doctor’s appointments and trying to get Sam registered for school. It left me in a grumpy mood and I didn’t end up getting dressed until later in the day, but I was so glad I did. I threw on my new Verity top with these green J Crew chinos I got secondhand. To go pick up the kids I threw on my poncho that I knitted recently with the Knit Collage Fall KAL. I love all these colors together.

Tuesday was maybe my favorite outfit of the week. I put my lavender sweatshirt from last spring over my new Patina Blouse and paired them with my Levi Ribcage jeans. I just love these colors together and it felt bright and springy on a very dreary winter day.

Wednesday was my slouchy mom jeans and my Nikko turtle neck with my Heather Blazer and white sneakers. I was out running errands most of the afternoon and the blazer was the perfect layer for a relatively warm day.

Thursday was my Bisque trousers, same white shoes, and a very old ready to wear black hoodie. Tried to find a way to wear a simple sweatshirt with something other than jeans!

I wrapped up my week with some old Gap jeans and my Fibre Mood Alice Sweatshirt. I spent the day packing us up and getting ready for a fun weekend ski trip and this feels like a pretty classic ‘mom’ outfit for that.

Three cheers for getting dressed in 2022!

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!

Toaster Sweater by Sew House Seven Review

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’m starting my year of reviews with a pattern that I have made many times and is pretty beloved in the sewing community. Today I’m talking about the Toaster Sweater by Sew House Seven.

Sew House Seven describes their company as “an independent pattern company grown in the Pacific Northwest. Our focus is on creating beautiful sewing patterns that can be made up rather quickly and easily yet, appeal to sewists of all levels. The pattern instructions are very detailed and provide an opportunity to learn while sewing.  Most styles have a special design feature that make them unique.” Looking at their patterns on their website I think their design point of view is clear and I can attest to their detailed instructions having made the Toaster many times as well as a pair of Burnside Bibs (which I love!)

The Toaster sweater is a simple design with 2 different versions that are classic and chic. You could make either of these at any age and any time and they will current and cute. I should also say that they are both practical in the sense that (depending on your fabric!) they are warm! Finding warm tops that don’t swallow you or look like sweatshirts can be tough and I think this pattern walks the line of being fashionable and also practical.

There are two versions of this pattern and both come in the paper version and in a digital format, but if you would just prefer to buy one of them, they are also available as separate PDFs.

Version 1: “Is a closer fitting, semi-cropped sweatshirt/sweater. It works best when sewn in thick, stiff knits with some body to keep the neck standing upright. It features raglan sleeves, a wide waistband, a loose turtleneck, long cuffs and falls between the high and low hip. It’s great in a standard sweatshirt fleece (with stretch) however, it’s also extremely handsome in a sweater knit to dress it up a bit.”

Version 2:” Is an easy top/sweater that can be dressed up or down. It is somewhat fitted through the shoulders and sleeves and then swings out a bit at the underarms and hem. It features a semi-high-neck that takes its inspiration from funnel and boat necks. It also has mitered side vents with a hi-low hem that is 1” shorter in the front than the back. The front hem falls just below the high hip. Sew it in a boiled wool knit, a wool jersey or ponte for a more dressed up look. Sew it in a sweatshirt fleece (with stretch) or jersey knit for a more casual look.”

The sizing on the Toaster Sweater runs from a size XS-XXL which is a 31-47″ bust. For some of their newer patterns they now have a curvy size range but I don’t think it yet applies to this pattern. For all sizing info you can check out this helpful page on their website here! Their standard sizes are based on a size 8 that is 5’6″ to 5’7″ tall with a B/C cup size.

It is described as being beginner level and was one of the first patterns I ever made, maybe one of my first knit garments ever! The instructions are very clear and as there are only a few pattern pieces (3 for version 2, version one has added cuffs and a neck band but that’s it!) it is a very simple make. The pattern calls for knit fabric with at least 20% stretch.

What I like most about the Toaster Sweater is how wearable it is and how you can get totally different looks depending on the fabric you use. You can lean into the sweatshirt vibe or go for a chic sweater. I don’t remake a lot of patterns and this one I’ve made numerous times because each sweater is very different. And like I mentioned early, it’s also just very practical. It is warm and comfortable and in the winter those two things are really important to me!

I have made 5 versions, four to share with you today. The fifth was in a very drab fabric that I never wore so it recently got donated. All of these are size small with no modifications (save for the last one) and get worn regularly around here.

Here is my very first Toast Sweater #2 sewn up in a navy double knit that I have no idea where it’s from. I was so very proud of this make and still wear it all the time. It’s a simple top that can be worn with so many things, I reach for this all the time in the cooler months.

Toaster Sweater #1 is actually probably my favorite design of the two and this one is in a luxe rib knit from Stylemaker Fabric. I made this one last year for my fall capsule. Very cozy and I love that it’s a turtle neck but loose and not restricting (sometimes by the end of the day I get sick of having something around my neck!). I wear this one quite a bit and it’s made me fall in love with wearing the color green.

My third Toast Sweater is one I recently made for my fall capsule and made me fall back in love with this pattern. Sewn up in a striped ponte, I feel like this is such a classic top and goes with so many pieces in my wardrobe. It is thinner weight than the other two so I haven’t been reaching for it lately but I know it will be great in the spring.

Sew House Seven mentions that they want their designs to be a jumping off point and I can really see that with the Toaster. I have only done one hack, and it’s pretty simple, but there’s actually an entire hashtag devoted to it on Instagram!

My fourth Toaster Sweater is #2 and all I did was lengthen it. This is a sweater knit but the wrong side is fleecey, meaning this is the coziest dress I own. I made this years ago and still pull it out all the time when the weather gets colder. It’s great with tights and boots!

The Toaster Sweater has been around for a few years now so you can find a lot of great posts about it. There are hashtags for version #1 and version #2 on Instagram and I found some helpful blog posts from Beck at I sew Therefore I am, Erin at She Makes, Dani at Sewing and Cocktails , Chuleenan at C Sews , and Michelle at Stichin Camaro.

The biggest issue I’ve seen people have with this pattern is with the facing on version 2. With my two thicker knit versions I really have never noticed any curling up or been annoyed by the facing (essentially it’s just an elongated neckline pattern piece that you fold over and sew into the shoulder seams). However, for my version in the ponte I admit that it does bother me some. I’ve read that some people blind stitch the facing down, others just topstitch it, and some have even using a fusing. I haven’t made any adjustments to mine, but may go back and topstitch if I find it keeps me from wearing it this spring.

Also, be aware that this is a more cropped sweater and some people preferred to add length to their versions. I find the arms plenty long enough for me, but there were some notes that people needed length there too!

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!

Winter Sewing Plans/// Cozy Capsule

I know going into the long, dark days of winter that I can get a bit gloomy. The holidays are over, it’s cold and dark out so early, and I get down about mid February. To help combat that, I’ve decided to plan the coziest of cozy capsules to make in the coming months. Things to curl up in. Things that feel like pjs but I could wear in the carpool line if I need to. I’ve been collecting fabrics for months now and am finally ready to share my plans with you! I present, my Cozy Capsule!

Side Note: I have been working on building this capsule for awhile now and some of these fabrics may not be available anymore! I will link where I can and if I can find similar fabric, I will link that!

First up, an oversized sweatshirt with some interesting panels and pocket details. I’ll be using this Lavender Gray Eco Fleece that I got from Needle-sharp and will play with the wrong side of the fabric for the contrast. The pattern is the Style Arc Fenix Sweatshirt

I picked up the fabric for this next one randomly this fall at Joann. It’s a cream sweater knit with some fun texture. I couldn’t find the exact fabric, but heres a similar fabric from Joann. I’m going to make the Verity Knit Top by Style Arc and think this fabric will make it a little more sweater/less sporty.

I have been wanting a tie dye sweat suit ever since I made one for my daughter last spring. I picked up a french terry from Stylemaker Fabrics that is a little more tonal, so less in your face than typical tie dye. The one I got is sold out but here is a similar Tonal Tie Dye French Terry .Simplicity 9337 is the pattern I will be using. It’s a unisex pattern and I’m interested to try it and see if it’s one I could use for the whole family eventually.

I bought this Moss Brushed Waffle Sweater Knit from Surge fabrics and it is the softest fabric ever! I’m going to make a Breckenridge Henley from Love Notions and some kind of matching bottoms. This will definitely be more lounge/pj and will be great to wear as warm layers.

Another one that will definitely be pjs, I found this Blush Berlin Brushed Rib Sweater Knit and it’s so light and soft that it will make a great M8245.I’m planning on making the long jumpsuit as well as the robe. I think this fabric is really affordable and it will be perfect for this pattern.

I’ve had a top like this in my head for awhile so I was happy to find this All Spice Banff Ultra Thick 1×1 Rib Sweater Knit and think it will look great sewn up as a Bert Knit Top by Style Arc. Kind of playing with that polo/rugby trend we’re seeing around lately.

Finally, I have a couple of yards of the Organic 1×1 Rib Knit from I See Fabric. I’m not sure yet what they will be. I’m thinking some kind of set, like a sports bra/leggings combination. Again, I wear layers like this under my every day clothes all the time in the winter and like that I can also lounge around in them.

These are the pieces you’ll be seeing coming up here in the coming weeks! What are you sewing for winter? Ready to buckle down and perfect a jacket or get into tailoring? Or are you like me and looking for comfort, both to wear and in the actual sewing? Check out my video to see these fabrics in person.

January Making

This past week I did a lot of laundry and unpacking Christmas, packing up Christmas, and then I got to sewing! I made myself a sweater and have cut out a few more things. I’ll be sharing all my plans Friday, but this pic is a sneak peek of what’s to come.

I also cast on (for the second time!) a sweater that so far has one sleeve. Hoping to get that finished this month! I have figured out that knitting while we watch basketball or football is perfect for me. Keeps my hands busy but I can still enjoy whatever game is on. (or not watch if I don’t care!)

I’m hoping this week to start finding a good groove that mixes sewing and me time with all the other stuff I have to do the rest of the day. I love all the possibilities a new year brings in that respect! A chance to try and build new habits and practices.

Hello 2022!

Happy New Year everyone! This picture has nothing to do with this post except to show you the gorgeous- and much much needed- snow we got New Year’s Eve.

Friday I reflected a bit on the past year and today I’d like to share my sewing goals and give a bit of my game plan moving forward in this space. I’m feeling very refreshed and inspired and ready to see where this year takes me.

First up, I want to make the Handmade Closet page on this site a resource for you and me. I would love to have in-depth reviews of all of my makes for reference and to document all the handmade clothes in my closet. I’ve wanted to do this for a long time and this is the year I will get started!

There will be a post in this space every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday as well as a video to go along with it. I’m going to try and be better about linking videos for you too! Mondays will be my reviews. I’m going to start next week and carry all winter long working through my sweater patterns. Old ones and new will get full reviews and notes and I hope if it’s not helpful for you in the moment, that it will be some day when you go to make that pattern.

Wednesdays will be more chatty posts and will be the posts that share my sustainable fashion. How I actually wear all the clothes I make as well as a bit of a look at my process.

Fridays will be my makes posts. Plans, capsules, finished garments, they will all continue to be up on Fridays!

Finally I want to really up my sustainability practice. I would like to question ‘Do I already have this? Can I get it second hand? How can I get it most sustainably?’ with all areas of my life, but especially within my sewing practice. And I would like to share how that works (and when it doesn’t!) with you here. Practice what I preach!

What are your big goals for 2022? Or do you make any at all? I’m glad you’re here and hope you’ll stay around for the the new year!

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