Sewing My Spring Capsule///The Rozan Blouse

Today I’m here to share my seventh piece that I’ve made for my spring capsule. Here are all my spring capsule posts if you want to catch up! I have one more top to share with you tomorrow and then we are moving on to summer.

The Capsule Piece: The capsule guide called for a blouse in one of the core colors. I knew I wanted to bring in more of this lilac color I’m loving and also that I wanted something that would easily work into summer. I wanted something easy to wear and casual enough to throw on every day, but still cute enough to dress up a bit should I get to go out on the town.

The Pattern and Fabric: This is the Rozan Blouse by Fibre Mood in a beautiful hemp and organic cotton chambray from Blackbird Fabrics. I don’t think this specific color is available anymore, but look at their other options as it was a really great substrate to work with. The softness mixed with how easy it was to press makes it a great option for summer. The buttons are from Pigeon Wishes and I love the texture they bring to the top.

Details: I made the size small with no adjustments. This is a pretty straightforward pattern and came together very quickly. There is a little issue with the top button- which I think I can fix but wanted to leave in to show you because I noticed it later in the model photos. Just something to be aware of if you make this top.

How I plan to wear it: In these photos I’m wearing it with my high waisted, cropped jeans. I think it will look great with my white jeans and even shorts as the weather gets warmer. This is a top that I feel really comfortable and like myself in so I foresee pulling it out to wear over and over again throughout the summer. I even think this pattern would translate well into a dress just by lengthening it.

My Final Thoughts on Fibre Mood

Last week I shared my final reveal of my winter module and I thought today I would share some thoughts on Fibre Mood magazine and patterns. I made 7 of their patterns over a span of about a month and ended up really loving 4 of the things I made. 2 I like and only 1 was a fail. So I think it’s safe to say that I can give this company a positive review, but let’s dig a little deeper!

First, I want to share the three tools that I use to trace and cut out my patterns from magazines. I highly recommend this tracing paper (I prefer how wide it is, makes life easier!), these highlighters (I trace my size and then use them for tracing onto the paper as well), and this curved ruler to add seam allowances. Tracing patterns is not difficult so please don’t let that intimidate you! There are a number of sewing magazines out there and if you’re limited on space or on a tight budget, they are a great way to get a lot of bang for your buck!

Ok, let’s get back specifically to Fibre Mood. The negatives for these patterns really, for me, are:

The size range could be more inclusive. Their sizing runs from a 29.9 bust to a 57.5 inch bust(here is their sizing chart). I wish they would work on expanding that a bit more. I do appreciate that they offer children’s and sometimes men’s patterns, just wish more of the sewing community could make their designs.

The sizing system used is different in every iteration. This is something that I think is meant to be helpful. If you buy a US magazine the sizing is imperial and in what we would think of as our sizing chart (0-28). There are also British sizing charts and European sizing. The problem is the actual patterns on the pattern sheet are all European. This is not a huge deal, it is easy to figure out what you’re supposed to be tracing, but I noticed a couple of errors in switching centimeters when it should be inches. I just think this lends itself to errors and we all know how important measuring is in sewing. I think we are all used to using different sizing charts and it wouldn’t be a big deal if they were consistent throughout their magazine and online instructions.

The line drawings and instructions aren’t the clearest. Ok, in a minute I’m going to say that I like the fashion vibes of their patterns but I have to say that sometimes it’s hard to see clear details and their line drawings don’t seem to be the most accurate. I had the most trouble when I was working on the pleat details of the Bonnie top and the ribbing of the Frida jacket. It actually took me going to social media and seeing other people’s photographs to find the detail shots I needed of the garments.

We also need to discuss that the instructions are very sparse. They do offer a bit more detail online and I will say that I was able to follow them, some things just took a little more work to figure out. If you are fairly confident in how the construction of garments works, you will be fine. If you are brand new to sewing, I would think these instructions would leave you frustrated!

For Pros, Fibre Mood really nails it with:

Inspirational pictures. I love the styling of the makes. From pairing handmade clothes with ready to wear and capturing a whole vibe in their photos, I think Fibre Mood excels in selling their patterns as things we actually want to make and wear. I know I said I wish they would do some more practical, head on shots so we could get a clear sense of fit and proportions, but for me this magazine is really helpful in thinking about what I want to make next and leaves me feeling inspired.

Simple patterns with trendy details. I really just like their patterns! They are pretty basic lines with fun details, and that is what I like to wear. I don’t want things that are too fussy or trendy but I still would like to feel current in my clothes. I think they nail that balance. Designers are never going to please everyone, but for me, these patterns are what I’m looking for when I’m taking the time to make my own clothes.

Consistent drafting and sizing. While what they call the sizing changes (and is annoying!) the actual sizes themselves and the fit of the garments seems to be pretty consistent. I made a 38 or size small in everything and, aside from needing to add length, it all fit well. I tried patterns from three different issues so I think I can safely say that the drafting and sizing is consistent. Once you make one of their patterns I think you will know what to expect with the others!

Social Media presence. Fibre Mood has done a great job with their instagram account. They have been offering weekly free patterns and sew alongs during lockdown and they reach out to a lot of sewing influencers so that when a new magazine is published you can immediately see what the patterns look like sewn up and styled on a variety of people. The hashtags for the patterns are very active and I know that when I needed help, it was easy to find online!

I have subscribed to the magazine and will continue to share it here and make their patterns. I find flipping through the issues really inspiring and I love their take on design. If you like what you see but aren’t interested in an entire magazine, please know that you can buy individual patterns online as pdfs.

I’m happy to continue supporting Fibre Mood and already have a few patterns marked from them for my spring and summer sewing plans! Please let me know if there are any questions you have about sewing these patterns and I will be happy to answer them for you.

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!

My Winter Module: The Topper

I have my final piece in my winter module to share with you! My plan was to share this last week but…let’s just say, things went array. I finally got it finished on Friday and it was such a mess! I was so upset with it I had to hang it up out of sight until I felt brave enough to approach it with fresh eyes. Sometimes that’s how it goes when you make something yourself!

The piece I’m talking about is my topper, the Frida jacket from Fibre Mood. This is a bomber style jacket and I loved the inspiration photo made out of teddy bear fabric so much that I went on a hunt to find some for myself.

I ended up with this pale pink faux teddy bear fur from Minerva and while I love how it looks and feels, it was a royal pain in the ass to work with! Fuzz everywhere, it’s bulky and kind of hard to manipulate for details that were in this jacket, and I’m a little concerned that my finishes on the raw edges won’t stop this fabric from fuzzing and fraying.

I sewed up the size small and I lengthened the sleeves (lesson learned from my past makes!) and may have made them a little too long. I used some rib knit that was left over from a project I hope you will be seeing soon and I love how all the colors from my module are represented here!

I thought this would be a great little spring jacket and I don’t have anything like it in my closet. Whether I’m going out to run errands, taking a walk, or going to pick up the kids at school, I think this will be cute to throw on when it’s not cold enough for my big coat but still too cool for no coat at all.

I just don’t know if this is the coat I was hoping for. I hate how bulky the pockets are, I don’t love the shape on me, and I’m unhappy with the ribbing around the hem band. So, is this a complete fail? I’m not sure! I’ll give it a few tries but if I find myself bummed out every time I wear it, I may be giving it away or cutting it up for parts!

My Winter Module/// The Bottoms!

Today I have the bottoms for my winter module and they are both pants! I’m sewing up this module using only Fibre Mood patterns and will be recapping my whole experience in a couple of weeks.

First I have the Bea Culottes in this slub texture linen. I made the size 38 with no adjustments and am really happy with the fit. I had planned on lengthening these, but due to just a complete brain fart ended up having to cut them to the intended culotte length.

Which actually, I like! These are the most comfortable pants ever and I will be styling them like I would a skirt. I wanted to play with a more monochrome look and paired them with my Nikko turtleneck and I love how it looks.

I like the drape of these pants and they were pretty simple to sew up. The waist band is interesting with the buttons, they just open up completely to get in and out of, and the pleats are pretty in the front with darts in the back for shaping. I will wear these throughout the spring I’m sure!

Ok next is kind of boring, but oh so comfortable and completely wearable. The Benita Trousers are just wide leg elastic waist pants and I sewed them up in a couple of hours start to finish in this stretch cotton corduroy.

These are so basic but I think I will wear them a ton. It’s basically like wearing corduroy pajamas? I lengthened them and worried I should have lengthened them more, but actually this will work well with winter boots and keeping my pants out of the snow.

I’m wearing them with my first and favorite Toaster Sweater. I am warm, cozy, and still look put together. This is fashion in 2021 I think?!

I am always on the look for pants options that aren’t jeans and I’m happy to add these two to my closet! I’ll be back next week to share my topper and then my winter module is complete.

Fibre Mood Issue No. 13

This weekend the latest issue of Fibre Mood arrived in the mail and I thought I would share my 3 favorite patterns with you! If you want to see a full walk through, you can watch the video here. Also check out their social media as they always have a great team on instagram showing their latest patterns and you can really get an idea for what they look like on actual people!

My favorite pattern from this issue is the Rozan Top. I love this so much and will absolutely be making it this summer. I love those gathers at the neckline and I like that there is an option of the flounces sleeves or just straight. I also think this would be easy to lengthen into a full dress.

The Debra Dress is another one I find really appealing for the summer. I like that it’s a basic shift dress but with some interesting panels in the front. The back has a deep v neck and gathers that add beautiful details to an otherwise simple shape. How beautiful would this be in a linen or a fun print? I am adding this to my list!

Finally I have earmarked the Alix Skirt. Again, it looks like a basic pattern, a button up skirt, but I think the fact that it has pleats and not just gathers elevates the look. It would look great in a flowy fabric and also hold up to more structured cottons.

What do you think? Any of the new Fibre Mood patterns catch your eye? I’m almost finished with my Winter Module and can’t wait to share all my thoughts on sewing with this company.