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?

First Make of the Year!

This week has been a little crazy (and listen, I wrote this out before the crumbling of democracy yesterday…) The kids are home for a buffer week before going back to school and most of my days have been spent helping them with science fair projects (note to self; I never ever ever want to be a science teacher). I did get to slip in a few hours for some sewing, look at me actually making my resolutions happen!, and I’m happy to share my first make of 2021 with you.

This fabric has been in my stash for a few years now and I could just never commit to a project. It’s a gorgeous floral print, but the fabric was really narrow and that limited what it could be. I got in my head that it would make a beautiful Wilder Gown so I started cutting it out and realized I didn’t have near enough fabric (so maybe I haven’t changed much in the new year?) I decided to push ahead though and see what it would look like at a tunic length.

I… kind of love it? And I actually think I might wear it more than a full length dress?

This is the size medium and basically it’s the bodice from the dress with long sleeves and whatever was left of my fabric. It’s very loose and flowy (read comfortable) but the beautiful fabric makes it feel like I dressed up a little bit. I have it paired here with skinny jeans and I imagine that is how it will probably get worn. Easy for getting on the ground and playing with Sam but cute enough to run out and…. do whatever it is that people did in the before times?!

This pattern is hugely popular in the sewing world and I feel like the last person to make it! It is a really easy sew and I get why people are obsessed with it. You know I love nightgown adjacent, and this feels like exactly that. If you were newer to sewing and looking at this pattern, I would highly recommend it. If I can get something cute out of it with way less fabric than it calls for, I have all the faith in the world that you could make something cute for yourself! Plus fitting is easy and drama level is high. What more could you ask for?

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