Reflecting on the Year and my Make Nine 2022 Plans

Happy New Year!!

I’ve spent my New Year’s Eve taking down Christmas, vacuuming up pine needles, and baking a cake. Now I’m sitting here watching the much needed snow fall and am ready to ring in the New Year.

I loved looking back on the goals I made last year and seeing how I’ve grown and changed. I didn’t do exactly everything, but I did a lot. And more importantly, I really learned so much about my style and what I want to make. I also learned so much about how I make and the rhythm of my creativity.

I did pretty well with my Make Nine from last year too. I had a goal to make three coats/jackets and I did! I have ripped the scary bandaid off of coat making and now feel confident that I can make more in the future.

Here are the posts for my yellow coat, knit blazer, and oversized blazer.

For three shirts I really learned I don’t love wearing button down shirts! I pivoted and discovered I do love shirt dresses and found a new blouse pattern that I just love.

Here are the posts for the white blouse, one of my favorite dresses of all time, and the beautiful Patina blouse.

And finally, for pants, I made a lot of them! In fact I’m really happy with all the separates I made this year. My three favorite patterns were the ones below. I embraced the elastic waist band for sure, but also played with some new shapes that surprised me.

These Pietra Pants seem to go with everything and my Bob pants and Bisque Trousers were major hits from my fall capsule.

Looking ahead, I’ve chosen Nine images to inspire me for my makes in 2022!

I’ve broken up the makes into seasons, so the top three squares are winter. I want to make a fabulous lavender coat Check out this instagram, she has incredible style!

I also want to knit a cozy sweater, I really like this Wednesday sweater by Petite Knits, and next Christmas I would love to make a party dress inspired by Beyonce.

For spring I am in love with this sweater vest from Rachel Comey. I would love to knit something similar in a vibrant color!

I have also had this Rachel Comey for Vogue pattern in my ‘to make’ list for so long. This is the year! I think it’s so cool and would love to perfect the fit of a jumpsuit.

I had this outfit saved from last year and I’m sorry I don’t have the original source. I love the mustard and lilac and would love to recreate it this year.

For the summer, I know I don’t make as much so I kept it simple with a knitted camisole. I don’ know if it will be this exact one, but I think something like this would be a practical make when it gets warmer.

I also love the patchwork dress trend and have found a few button down shirts at Goodwill that I could reuse to make a dress inspired by all of these lovely makes.

And finally, this fall I would love to take on the project of making a velvet suit. I already bought my fabric and can’t wait to dive into this one. All the Gucci velvet suits are fabulous, but I can’t get this one out of my head ever since seeing it on instagram.

I’m excited and can’t wait to share all my makes here and on Youtube this year with you! Happy 2022, cheers to making all the things!

Last Makes of the Year!!

I have a random mish mash of makes to share with you today, but I needed a spot to put them all! These will be the last makes I share this year and I will be back next week to reflect a bit and share some goals for the new year.

First let’s start with Christmas pjs! Of which I don’t have pictures of yet, well except for this cute shot of Sam trying his on.

I ordered us all t-shirts from this shop with Elf quotes and made up Hudson pants for everyone out of this fabric from Stylemaker. Sam got a straight 3T, the twins are both in the size 10 with length added as needed and Chris is a straight 34 but I add like 6 inches to the lengthen lines. This pattern is everyone’s favorite and we wear these pajamas all year round (until they grow out of them!) My goal is to get a pic on Christmas Eve!

Next up, another Christmas make but a very different vibe. I made myself a Christmas dress! I got the idea of a slinky but still comfy rib knit dress and knew I had this Ultra Plush Stipe Texture Sweater Knit from Stylemaker that I bought last year. The Cardinal color is sold out, but there are a lot of other colors and this fabric is fantastic. I could see making a cozy lounge set out of this. It is thick enough to work for clingy patterns and still feel comfortable in them.

I made the True Bias Nikko (one of my faves) in a size 8. I scooped out the front and back, really just measuring and going for it!, then changed up the sleeves because I had limited fabric. I shortened them and also widened them a bit and added a cuff.

I love how this turned out! I don’t usually hack patterns but it’s something I would like to get more comfortable doing in 2022. I sewed this up really quickly last Sunday and had time to also make…

Another Patina Blouse by Friday Pattern Company! I had cut this out a few weeks ago so it only took me a couple of hours start to finish. I bought this amazing cotton lawn from Blackbird Fabrics this summer with the intent to make it into a dress, but I could never commit. After making the Patina Blouse last month, I knew that’s what this fabric needed to be.

I love it so much. It’s perfect and one of my most well made garments inside and out. I love it with my high waisted yellow pants but think it will work really well in the spring with a lot of other pieces I have.

I make a size small and lengthen the arms almost 4 inches. Otherwise I don’t have to make any adjustments and it fits me like a dream! I feel like this is such a specific look that I don’t know how many more I can get away with making… but it is my closet I guess and people that follow me here would probably be the only ones that know.

There are my last makes of the year! Thank you for following along with me here and I hope you have a great weekend. If you celebrate- a very Merry Christmas! If not, I hope you get rest and relaxation to close out this difficult year.

Destashify Makes!

I am a brand ambassador for the store Destashify and every month I’m gifted $50 to spend on secondhand fabric and today I have what I made from last month’s haul. I don’t have a haul to share with you this month because instead of buying anything for myself, I would love to pass on the $50 as a giveaway. Go check out this video and leave a comment and I will announce the winner on December 30th. Thank you for all the support, comments, views, all of it this year. I’ve had so much fun sharing here and am excited about what’s to come in the new year! Now onto the makes…

I sewed up the two knit fabrics this month and ended up using the same pattern, the Arlington sweater by Love Notions. It’s my plan to provide more extensive pattern reviews in the new year, so look for a more detailed post on this pattern in January!

I didn’t sew up the cotton print but I have plans to make that into a blouse come spring. I am just on the hunt for the perfect pattern match.

For the first fabric, this beautiful emerald jersey, I made the bishop sleeve, mock turtleneck version. I sewed a straight size medium without any adjustments. I love this as a wardrobe staple, it’s a basic top with a bit of a twist in the exaggerated sleeves.

This top is really easy to pair with jeans, I love it tucked into a high waist! but I also think if you’re looking for work wear appropriate patterns, this is one that would be really great to layer up.

I played around with the monochromatic look and put on my green Vogue 9090 trousers. I love the vibe of this and even think it looks great with a blazer on top. Sometimes a basic top in a great color can help make a big statement in your wardrobe!

My next fabric was this fun animal print and I sewed up the exact same pattern but with the larger turtleneck option. I also shortened this one by about an inch, just because I wanted it to look a little more polished if I wore it untucked.

First I paired the top with my Bob pants and chunky black boots. This is so comfortable and an interesting silhouette.

Then I put on my Pietra pants and I love the mod vibe of these pieces together! The sleeves also fit nicely under a slimmer blazer and would absolutely look great with just a pair of jeans.

I had a lot of fun with these two fabrics and got two very wearable tops out of them. I hope next time you’re looking for fabric you’ll remember Destashify! And keep it in mind if you’re cleaning out your stash at the beginning of the year. A great way to make sure your supplies are going to people that will actually use them and not ending up in a landfill somewhere.

Currently///Fall Edition

Just wanting to share some things that are really random and decided to make a new seasonal thing where we look I what I’m currently…

Reading: The One Hundred Years of Lenni and Margot by Marianne Co Going to start Thanks, Help, Wow by Anne Lamott and looking forward to Why I Jump by and Mr. Dickens and His Carol by Follow me on Good reads for all my reading and reviews. Kindle Oasis reading For the Wolf

Watching: Succession! Chris and I love this show so much and this latest season is fantastic. Also a lot of sports and Harper and I watch Project Runway together while the boys are at basketball.

Listening: I enjoyed laughing at me Spotify recap. It is very obvious I carpool 10 year olds. I also have been enjoying the Live Free Creative Podcast and her planning series for the new year. House in Cerulean Sea by TJ Klune is my latest audio book. Chris read this earlier this year and liked it.

Making: My upcoming projects include: Christmas Pajamas, another Patina Blouse, a Red Dress, and using my Destashify Fabric. Finished my Knit Collage Poncho and am knitting some more hats for Christmas Presents.

Feeling: Slow and introspective. I’ve been leaning into scaling back a bit and it’s been nice during this busy time of year. I’ve also started up my yoga practice again, I love Yoga with Adrienne.

Planning: The only Black Friday shopping I did was to buy a bunch of patterns from Style Arc. After my Bob Pants I’m excited to try some more of their patterns! I also purchased some gorgeous velvet and viscose from Rainbow Fabrics and have dreams of a Gucci inspired suit in the future!

Loving: As winter approaches I’ve been trying to embrace the changing of the seasons. While I don’t love it getting dark at 4:30pm, I’m trying to focus on ways to get cozy and slow down. So far, getting cocoa and reading our Advent book together has been a nice way to end our days as a family.

Want to fill out your own currently list? Here are some fun sticky notes to add to your journals!

Let me know what you’re currently up to as we round out the end of fall up here in the northern hemisphere!

Destashify/// November Haul

I’m back with another little haul from Destashify! I am working with this brilliant store as an ambassador and every month will be sharing you my haul and makes using second hand fabric purchased from this site. For today’s post, I was kindly gifted $50 to buy what I wanted and I can’t wait to show you what I got.

But first, let me remind you of last month’s post. I haven’t sewn up that pattern yet (but if I can squeeze it in, I do think it would be a great dress for around the holidays!) but I have made something out of the beautiful wool suiting I picked up.

Another pair of Bisque Trousers, this time in the wide leg. I love this pattern and after making it up for my fall capsule, I couldn’t get a wide leg version in this fabric out of my head. I have a little bit left over that I might be able to eek some kind of vest out of, which I think would be amazing for spring!

I made the straight size 8 again, no adjustments, and this fabric sewed up beautifully. Now that I’ve got the pattern down, I can sew these up really quickly.

For this month’s haul I picked up three (very different!) fabrics.

First this knit that I was hoping would match a scrap of tie dye knit I have. I’m thinking of putting the two pieces together and making some kind of cozy sweatshirt, either for me or my daughter.

I loved the colors of this cotton and will make some kind of top out of it. I don’t know if I ‘need’ another Patina Blouse, but it would look beautiful sewn up as that!

And finally, a little wild card! A fun leopard print sweater knit. I thought this would be fun in a vogue pattern I’ve had forever that I could wear with jeans or with my knit pencil skirt. Probably going to make this one first, stay tuned!

Check out Destashify for fabric and if you’re going to be clearing out and organizing your stash in the coming months, keep them in mind for selling your fabric. If you’d rather just donate it and not worry about making commission or don’t want to ship it yourself, Carey has a very easy way to do that to! Then you will know your fabric will live on with someone who appreciates it and not just end up in the landfill.

I hope if you’re in the states you had a wonderful Thanksgiving! If you’re shopping today, remember secondhand shops and small businesses!

Fall Capsule///The Tops

Today I’m wrapping up my fall capsule with the three tops that I made! Check out my topper and bottoms and I’ll be back in a few weeks with a full fall round up of my makes and how much wear I’ve been getting out of them.

I am pretty thrilled with all three of these, two are patterns I’ve made and loved before and one is brand new and I’ve already cut out another one to make. So I think that speaks to how I feel on it!

For help with sizing or knowing what adjustments I’m talking about, I am 5’9″ and my measurements are 32, 29, 36. For anyone new to sewing please know sizing is very different from ready to wear and varies widely from pattern company to pattern company. It’s always helpful when sewists share this info and any alterations they make so that others who want to sew the same patterns can use that knowledge with their own makes! I’m always happy to answer any questions or help point you in the right direction if you’re having fit issues with any patterns I’ve made.

Top Number One: Striped Sweater

I bought this fabric thinking I would make a fitted tshirt. In my head I saw something with a scoop neck or even a square neck line. However, when it came in the mail I just loved how cozy it was. It’s soft but not too thick so I thought it would make a fantastic sweater and I played around with a few ideas but ultimately landed on a tried and true pattern for me, the toaster sweater.

I made the version with the boat neckline and I love it. LOVE it. It’s the perfect pattern for this fabric and I think will get worn on a weekly basis over here. It’s essentially a t-shirt but with a little bit more style that I think will also look very cute styled up in the spring.

Pattern: The Toaster Sweater #2 by Sew House Seven sewn up in the size small

Fabric: This Ponte Roma Double Stretch from Minerva. I cannot say enough good things about the quality of this fabric. It’s just gorgeous and sews and washes so well.

Other Thoughts: I have made this pattern, both versions, multiple times. It is my go to sweater pattern and I’m really happy I went with it again on this one. The fit is just boxy enough and it looks so different sewed up in various fabrics.

Top Number Two: A Beyond Basic Knit

Jennifer from the Everyday Style School always talks about ‘beyond basics’ tops. These are easy to wear, comfy pieces that have some detail to elevate them a bit and take them beyond basic. I had this beautiful fabric left over from t-shirt month and wanted to make something comfortable but with a twist.

I chose to make the Adrienne Blouse as I have two of them and wear them constantly. It’s like wearing a t-shirt but with a prettier neckline and these gorgeous sleeves! Such a simple make, would highly recommend for a beginner that wants something more than a t-shirt but maybe doesn’t feel confident enough for something that takes a lot of fit. Also can’t go wrong with a top like this if you have to be on a lot of zoom calls and want to look put together but still feel comfortable.

Pattern: The Adrienne Blouse by Friday Pattern Company in a size medium. I made no adjustments to this but if I do make another one I may add a couple of inches to the length and possible the sleeves.

Fabric: A gorgeous Fired Amber Cupro Jersey from Surge Fabrics. This color is so rich and I love it paired with this blue skirt.

Other Thoughts: With only three pattern pieces and really easy construction, I can whip up this top in under an hour. Would love to play around with it lengthened as a dress sometime, maybe in a thicker sweater knit?

Top Number Three: Beautiful Button up

I had other plans for this lovely fabric but then Friday Pattern Company released their Patina Blouse. At first I was like, ok it’s cute but I never wear button ups. But then it kept popping up on my Instagram feed and I just fell in love with that collar and those sleeves. So I caved and bought it and am so happy I did.

The details of this blouse are just beautiful and I have dreams of knitting a sweater vest to layer over top! I really enjoyed making this one, shirt making is something I like taking my time with and the pay off is always so great. When I tried on my first sleeve I believe I made everyone in my family admire how gorgeous it was, especially as I did a few port de bras!

This is my dressiest make of the bunch but I think it will look just as great with jeans as it does with trousers or a skirt. I have another one cut out and ready to sew up after the holiday and I’m sure I will make a short sleeve version come summer.

Pattern: The Patina Blouse by Friday Pattern Company in a size small. I added 3 inches to the length of the sleeves (hurray for finished pattern measurements and looking before I cut out!) and they are the perfect length for me.

Fabric: Lady McElroy Viscose Challis from Minerva. This fabric is a dream!!! And comes in so many colors. Absolutely worth dealing with the slinkiness of it for such a beautiful blouse.

Other Thoughts: I’m so happy I changed my plans for this one and tried something new with that collar and neckline. This blouse feels like me and again it will work in multiple seasons. A basic ivory shirt, but with some special details.

I’m really glad to be finished with this capsule but mostly because now it means I can wear everything I made. I’m genuinely happy with all of these pieces and am glad I tried some new patterns and shapes that felt inspiring to me.

I’ll be slowing down for December, still a weekly post here but not so many makes. I have been very inspired by fashion lately and have been putting together a Make 9 for the new year that I think you’re going to love! I’d love to focus on some show stopper pieces in the coming year now that I’ve sewn myself some great everyday clothes. What are you itching to make in the coming season?

Fall Capsule///The Bottoms

Thank you for all the love and encouraging comments on my Heather Blazer. I really appreciate it and will be adding the button and some kind of pocket detail because I think it’s worth finishing and wearing. I just needed a bit of distance from it, but now I see a lot of potential.

Now I’m here to share the bottoms that I made for my fall capsule! I ended up with a skirt and two pairs of pants and I’m so happy with all of them. Next week I’ll share the tops and a bit of a round up of all the makes and how they work together. Then I’m ready to move on from this project, as it seems like I’ve been talking fall capsule forever now!, but I have enjoyed wearing everything I’ve shared so far.

For help with sizing or knowing what adjustments I’m talking about, I am 5’9″ and my measurements are 32, 29, 36. For anyone new to sewing please know sizing is very different from ready to wear and varies widely from pattern company to pattern company. It’s always helpful when sewists share this info and any alterations they make so that others who want to sew the same patterns can use that knowledge with their own makes! I’m always happy to answer any questions or help point you in the right direction if you’re having fit issues with any patterns I’ve made.

Bottom Number One: Black knit skirt

I do not own a black skirt of any kind right now and I thought this version would be very cute. I sewed it up in a ponte and I know it’s hard to photograph black so I left off the tights I would normally be wearing with it in hopes you can see the lines a little bit better. This was a really simple make and something I can wear year round. Love the faux wrap detail and think this pattern would look great in a lot of different fabrics. I like my skirt paired with boots and tights and a sweater but I think sneaker would look cute too.

Pattern: Simplicity 9237 cut out in a size 14 but then taken in after I decided to omit the zipper (pure laziness but it also wasn’t necessary in the ponte I used!) Next time I could probably make a 12 just fine

Fabric: Classic Ponte Knit in Black from Stylemaker Fabrics. They carry loads of colors and this fabric is high quality and I know will hold up well.

Other Thoughts: Very simple to make and a simple design, but I think with an interesting detail. And a black knit pencil skirt is something every wardrobe needs. I liked the shaping on this pattern, there are darts in the back, and think it could be easily dressed up for holiday parties. Really happy with this basic make!

Bottom Number Two: Black Pants in a New (to me) Shape

Before this make I did not own a single pair of black pants. Any I had in the past were worn out, too small, and had been cleared out. So I knew I wanted some but I wanted to play around and try a new to me shape, something to make them a little less basic. This pattern has a cult following on instagram, check out the hashtag here, and people make these again and again singing their praises. I wondered how voluminous they would feel and am happy to report that I love this shape. I think the proportions are just perfect and have been wearing them nonstop.

Pattern: Bob Woven Pant by Style Arc Patterns. I made the size 12 but will size down to a 10 next time as the waist is a little roomy. Super simple sew and I love the pockets and the line of the legs.

Fabric: I chose a poly cotton blend from Joann that I had a coupon for. It’s not my most favorite fabric, but it was inexpensive and I was branching out here and didn’t want to use something special for a shape I wasn’t sure about. These would look great in linen, tencel twill, and I think you could even use some kind of sweat shirting for a fun take on a sweat suit.

Other Thoughts: These are so incredibly comfortable and I think could be styled very casual or much more work wear. I am all aboard the elastic pants train and these are at the top of my favorites list. I will absolutely be making more in the future and fully understand the hype now. If you’ve been on the fence about these balloon shaped legs, I have to say that I think Style Arc nailed it and they are just balloony enough.

Bottom Number Three: Plaid Pants

I wanted a pair of plaid pants and this is another pattern I’ve been seeing non stop on Instagram! I thought the pleats and the pockets mixed with the elastic waist band (I’m telling ya, fully on board) are a fun way to play with a classic silhouette. I love that there are straight leg and wide leg versions and those shorts will absolutely be happening in the summer. Again I think the proportions are just right and the darts in the back prevent the diaper butt look that a lot of elastic waist pants can give you. I’m sorry mine are so wrinkled in the pics, but it’s only because I’ve been wearing them non stop!

Pattern: The Bisque Trousers by Vivan Shao Chen in a straight size 8.

Fabric This cotton plaid shirting from Minerva. I love that it is a subtle, classic plaid and it was pretty affordable. Trying out a new pattern from a new to me designer meant I wasn’t too sure about investing in much more than this. So a very wearable muslin and I think would be great with some kind of jacket- or even a vest?

Thoughts: I love these. Love. And had no issues with fit but only because so many people have been sharing their fit experiences with this one. Those with a very different waist and hip measurement need to do a little research here because the darts in these pants make for great shaping but also can make it hard to wriggle on over hips. I was so happy I read about this because I was able to choose my size (which is actually between quite a few sizes!) based on what would work with my hips but still be fitted at the waist. A few people have added a side zip to make this work along with other alterations. Check out Jasika’s post for a very thorough description of her fitting process. Jessica has an in-depth look at fitting in her story highlights as well. I would also recommend searching the hashtag as well as the designer’s page for more info! I think this shows why I share so much of what I make and why I try to get better at explaining. Having these resources handy makes it so much easier for others and also helps me reflect on what I can do better next time!

So there are the three bottoms I made for this capsule and I love all of them! I am almost finished with the tops and can’t wait to show you and just start wearing them all together. Have a great weekend and I hope you get some sewing in!

Fall Handiwork///Plans and Projects

Recently I have found myself falling in love with knitting. I picked it up earlier this year and finished one hat, but then never got motivated to finish anything else. Near the end of September I was feeling a bit stressed out by life and not up for sewing and reached for my knitting needles.

I find knitting to be really soothing. The click of the needles, the squishiness of the project as it grows in your lap. The slow and steady progress you can make sitting on the couch with your family, watching football or movies or the world series.

I did manage to complete one side of the Venice Tee from We Are Knitters and it’s a big learning success for me. I have no idea if I want to attempt to finish the other half sometime, but I did learn the basics of knitting and it got me excited to branch out and try other patterns.

I made Harper the Aviatrix Hat by Loopy Mango out of some bulky navy yarn she picked out months ago from Joann. This pattern knit up in a day and is so cute on her! It also introduced me to circular needles and this is a huge game changer for me. I find these to be so much easier to manage and knitting in the round makes a lot of sense to me, especially with a project like a hat!

After completing the hat I wanted to keep going but wasn’t quite confident enough to knit for myself, so another project for Harper in the Holiday Slipover Jr by Petite Knits. This is a sweater vest, there is also an adult version!, and I used Loopy Mango’s Dream Tweed yarn mixed with Bio Balance GOT both purchased from Fancy Tiger Crafts. This was a very fun one to knit and while it is far from perfect, I’m really happy with how it turned out. Again, lots to learn and the best way for me is simply by doing.

Now I have cast on this adorable Oslo Hat Christmas Edition for Sam, another Petite Knits pattern. I’m using this yarn by Brooklyn Tweed and much smaller needles that are proving challenging to me, but in a good way. I hope to have this one finished by the end of the month so he can wear it all of Christmas season!

I also bought the Knit Collage fall knit along kit for the Shake Your Groove Thing Poncho. I am going to cast on and start this this weekend and am excited to work with these beautiful yarns. The texture and colors are really inspiring to me! I picked the poncho because it was the most beginner friendly and I’m hoping that working with a knit a long will get me my first finished garment for myself by the end of the year.

I’m also been working on an embroidery piece that I plan to give to a friend for Christmas. I think I can get this one completed over the next few days and then take the time to figure out what exactly I want to turn it into!

And finally, I joined the Cozy Blue Stitch Club and will be receiving an embroidery kit each month to play along with. The Cozy Blue has some beautiful kits (great gifts!) but these are actually patterns she is trying out before making full kits so you can experiment with your stitches and just practice. They are inexpensive and I am looking forward to always having a little hoop in my purse to pull out and work on when I’m out and about.

I hope to have seasonal handicraft updates and to continue my knitting practice. I would love to hear what you have on your needles right now and if you too are sinking in to the comfort of knitting this time of year. If you want to follow me on Ravelry I’m over there as Whit Makes!

Fall Capsule/// The Topper

I have my first make for my fall capsule today and it’s the topper. I have wanted an oversize blazer for awhile now and was really excited to sew this up. I found a great classic suiting fabric and knew it would look great as the Heather Blazer from Friday Pattern Company.

That is where my excitement ended… Sadly this make was one I did not enjoy making, at all! I cut it out and then proceeded to have a crazy stressful couple of weeks and just did not have the mental capacity to make a complicated, lined blazer. I should have just set it aside and worked on some easier projects. That was my first mistake.

Then I made the absolute rookie mistake of just cutting into my fabric and not making a muslin and checking the fit. I think in my head I thought, “oversize blazer! It will be fine!” Reader, it was not fine. I had fitting issues in the sleeves and biceps and then after addressing those I finished the blazer and it looked beautiful. Except the sleeves were way too short. Comically short. So I unpicked and now have makeshift finishes on the sleeves. Not great.

I almost just quit but I was so close and it was so close to being good. So I finished it up and now I think it’s just too big. I wanted oversize but I think it’s leaning towards silly and not chic.

So what are my learning successes? (we don’t have failures over here anymore. I love Jasika Nicole’s take on this!) I learned- toile it out!!! And know that sleeves usually need lengthening. If I make this again I will size down and lengthen the sleeves and make a broad shoulder adjustment. Then I think the fit would be spot on.

I think this is a good pattern and the instructions are great with a lot of supplement links to videos and things. I just think I wasn’t in the right frame of mind for a long term complicated project and have ended up with a garment that is just meh for me when I really wanted to love it.

I am going to hang this one up in the closet and try to wear it and style it up in a few ways. I don’t think it’s a total loss!

The Details:

This is the Heather Blazer from Friday Pattern Company made up in a Glen Plaid Wool Suiting from StyleMaker Fabrics.

This pattern goes from an XS to 7X (32″ bust to 60″ bust) and I made a straight size medium. I made no adjustments but then had to change the hem on the sleeves so they were long enough.

While I thought the instructions and drafting were good I will say I disagree that this could be a beginner pattern. I think it’s pretty complicated and could cause a lot of frustration.

My Destashify Haul

I love working with secondhand fabric, it’s a great way to make your sewing sustainable, find more affordable options, and prevent fabric from ending up in the landfills. I struggle however, to find fabric myself. I know some people have a lot of luck at thrift stores and estate sales, but that’s not always something I can spend time doing. My most favorite vintage fabric finds have been found online and I hope in the new year to make finding secondhand fabric more of a priority.

So imagine my delight when Carey from the shop Destashify reached out to me and asked if she could gift me something from her store that I could talk about here. I loved the experience so much that I’ve said yes to being a brand ambassador and will be sharing monthly posts here about the store!

Destashify is like the Poshmark or Thredup of sewing and knitting. You can list items from your stash that you no longer need and sell them to other makers that will treat them well! You make a commission from your listings and can also just shop the website like you would any other store. The more people that list, the more great fabric to choose from!

I used my gift card to pick up an adorable pattern and this wonderful wool suiting. The dress has a square neckline and beautiful sleeves, I think with tights and boots I could make it wearable for winter! The fabric is calling out to me to be trousers. Maybe wide leg, maybe I could eek out a matching vest? I’m thrilled with the quality of my purchases as well as how easy it was to shop.

Check out Destashify and tell me what you think. Ask me any questions and I will work to address them next month. I hope in the new year to list my own fabric and share that experience with you as well!

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