My Winter Module/// The Tops!

Today I’m sharing my three finished tops for my winter module! I’m using only patterns from Fibre Mood and I’m gathering all my thoughts and tips on using this magazine and will be sharing them in a few weeks. Let me know if you have any questions about Fibre Mood and I will either answer them or find an answer for you!

I’m going to go in order from least to most favorite and that means we will be starting with the Glory Top. I sewed up the size 38 in this beautiful Atelier Brunette Rayon and it was a dream to work with. I love the details of this pattern; the sleeves, that placket on the shoulder, and the gathering around the yoke.

However, I don’t really love how these details all look on me. It feels like a lot happening at my shoulder and the sleeves are too short. I have learned that I need to lengthen these patterns as most of them turned out too short. I will try and wear this as I love the fabric, but was a little disappointed with what the silhouette looks like on me.

The second top I have is the Bonnie. I love the color and texture of this crinkle cotton and and I sewed the size 38 with no modifications. This is a simple top and I loved the details of the sleeve and the side neckline. Again, it is too short, but I think the sleeves don’t look bad at this length. The directions for the pleating detail at the sleeve were pretty abysmal and it took searching other makes online to figure out that I just needed to sew them up like normal box pleats. Once I got it sorted out, I do love how they look!

I have it paired over a turtleneck here because I loved how they styled it in the magazine. I like how it looks and think it makes it more wearable for cold weather, but it does cause wrinkles. On its own, that isn’t a problem! I wasn’t sure while I was making this one, but it is incredibly comfortable and I can see myself wearing it a lot.

And my final top is my absolute favorite, the Alice Pullover. I made the size small in this gorgeous bamboo french terry. I would wrap myself in this fabric and just live in it every day if I could. It feels so luscious! This is a really simple pattern, I think I sewed it up in a couple of hours. But while it on the surface seems like just a sweatshirt pattern, the deep V in the back and the wide neckline make it so lovely. It reminds me of something I would wear in a ballet class, I love how it highlights your neck. I’ve been wearing it quite a bit and just love it.

I’m pretty happy with all these makes and it was easy to find pieces in my closet to pair them with, and that’s really the point of this module. Yes, they will all work together, but they need to easily fit into my wardrobe. I like that all three of these tops are different from anything I own and that Fibre Mood is able to take seemingly basic designs and add unique details.

My Winter Module: The Dress!

Last week I shared my Winter Module plans and I’m happy to be back today to share my first make of this collection, the dress!

This is the Daniella Dress from issue 12 of Fibre Mood. I have a lot of thoughts about working with patterns from this magazine and I’m working on compiling them to put into one blog post. Please let me know if you have any specific questions, about this company or working with sewing magazines in general, and I will answer them for you.

I sewed up the size 38 (though called a size 10 some places in the magazine?!) out of this cotton modal jersey knit in the color ‘desert rose.’ This is a really simple sew and came together very quickly. This is a basic dress but with a few interesting details that I think elevate it a bit.

I love that the turtleneck is a little oversized and the sleeves have a small puff detail to them that’s trendy but not too in your face. I really love the long cuff and gathering of the sleeves. It makes for a very pretty, drapey look.

This fabric is a little more clingy, be aware of that if you decide to sew with a modal, but I’m not unhappy with the fit of the dress. I think this would be a great work from home option if that’s something you are having to do. Incredibly comfortable but you’ll look put together on any zoom calls you have.

I’m happy I started with this simple dress to give myself some time to figure out working with Fibre Mood. I’ve already worn it with my thick leggings and boots and I loved how it looked!

Winter Module Plans

I love sewing in modules, I got the idea from Whitney over at TomKat Stitchery this summer and have been running with it ever since. The idea is you make 1 topper, 2 bottoms, and 3 tops and they can all play nicely together and mix in with what is already in your closet. A mini capsule wardrobe if you will.

I am seeing a lot about spring fashion, but guys, I am not falling for it. Snow is in the forecast for tomorrow and I will not get excited about spring yet to only have my heart broken for at least 2 more months! So to embrace my new home, I decided to have fun and plan myself a winter module. To give myself a bit of a challenge, I am only going to be using patterns from Fibre Mood. I recently subscribed to this magazine and decided to jump in and try a bunch of their patterns at once. My hope is that when I show my full reveal, I can also give you a comprehensive review of what their patterns are like. I’m linking to all the patterns as you can purchase them individually as PDFs off of their website!

I hope to have a post up ever Wednesday sharing pieces from this module and showing how they work with things I already own. To begin, let’s plan it out!

The Dress:

I’m adding in a dress with my plans because I love a cozy sweater dress. This is the Daniella dress and I like how simple it is (re: very wearable) but the details of the sleeves feel fresh. I can wear it now with thick tights or leggings but then also wear it plenty in the spring too! I have this Cotton Modal Jersey in the color Desert Rose planned for this one. A soft, drapey knit that has enough weight to be worn as a dress, I think this will be like wearing pajamas and I love the color.

The Tops:

This print is where I started in shopping for fabric in this collection. I knew I wanted to bring in some more blues and greens into my wardrobe and I love this color, especially mixed with the coppers and blush pinks. This is the Atelier Brunette Rayon Moonstone in the green color way. I think I’m going to make it into a Glory Top. This blouse has some feminine details that I think will be nice but also let the print on the fabric shine. I love those gathers at the yoke and the sleeve detail and the little button placket on the shoulder is a nice touch.

This washed crinkle cotton in copper is soft with some drape but enough crispness to look really nice made up as the Bonnie top. I think the simplicity of the neckline and shape of this top is really nice and I love those box pleat sleeves. The inspiration photos showed it layered over a turtleneck, which looks cool, and also tucked and untucked for completely different vibes. Basically a woven t-shirt with a few more options!

Ok, it looks like the color Dusty Jade is no longer available at Blackbird Fabrics but I’m going to link to their Bamboo French terry because it is so lovely. I’m going to turn mine into the Alice Pullover. Basically a sweatshirt, but with a v neck line that can be worn in the back and that makes it look a little more chic. I’m really loving this color right now (you might see it show up again soon in a different garment!) and like that it will be a great weight for cooler spring and summer days as well.

The Bottoms:

I keep changing my mind on which of these fabrics will go with which pattern, but here is where I’m settled right now! This Slub Texture Linen in the color Spruce is going to be a pair of Benita Trousers. These are an elasticated waist trouser but I love the fit of the leg and the option for that tie belt. These will be so comfortable to wear around the house but can look a bit more dressed up should I need to go somewhere. I’ve been wearing quite a few linen pants this winter and like the weight of them. If it’s really cold out it’s easy to layer thermals underneath!

This stretch cotton corduroy in the color teak is going to be made up into the Bea Culotte. I think the construction on these pants looks interesting (there’s no zip) and the pleats are cool. I will be lengthening these to full, wide leg trousers and I keep going back and forth between the linen for drape or the corduroys for more structure. I think both fabrics work for both patterns, I just can’t decide what looks I’m going for quite yet!

The Topper:

And finally, to top off this collection as well as to play along with my coat making challenge, I’m going to sew up this teddy faux fur in rose as the Frida Jacket. This looks like a classic bomber style jacket, which I do not own!, and I may be late to the teddy bear jacket trend but I’m finally going to jump on board. I think the texture will be fun and the color will be great going into spring.

Those are my plans! What do you think? Have you made anything from Fibre Mood before? Please let me know if you have any questions about sewing with patterns from a magazine, I’d be happy to answer them for you.

Are you done with winter and jumping head first into spring or are you still making/buying warmer clothes? I hope to see you back next week with my first make!

Kid’s Fall Module Part Three Finished!

I am finally at the end of my month long sewing of kids’ clothes! All three children now have great pieces to mix and match with stuff they already have and practical things to layer up as the weather is turning cooler.

Today I have my daughter’s module to share with you! Just for a brief recap, a module includes one topper, two pants, and three tops. The idea is everything can be worn together and also works with what’s already in her closet. You can see my two year old’s module here and my older son’s here.

For my daughter’s topper, this is one you’ve already seen! It’s the Navigator pullover by Love Notions patterns. I have an entire post about this (read it here) but this has proven to be such a useful layering piece in her wardrobe already. We’ve had cooler mornings and warmer days and this is just the perfect weight. I used this sweatshirt fleece and it’s yellow, her favorite color!, for house Hufflepuff!

For her bottoms, I realized she really had a hole in her wardrobe when it came to pants that aren’t jeans. So I decided to make her a pair of denim leggings and two pairs of joggers.

Those leggings are from this issue of Ottobre magazine. I know it’s hard to see in the picture, but there is a pleating detail on the knee that elevates these a bit and I hope will also make them last a little longer. This stretch denim was in my stash and I had the perfect amount for these leggings!

The mint joggers are another Ottobre magazine pattern and this fabric is a soft knit from Art Gallery. I love the color and she loves how soft they are, but they are a little thin. These will work more as leggings but the legs are pretty narrow so I think that will be fine!

The mustard yellow joggers are the True Bias mini Hudsons and I made them out of this gorgeous knit. These are definitely thicker and will be able to be worn on cooler days and it would be easy to fit long johns underneath if she wanted an added layer for warmth!

And finally, we have her tops! I love how all of these came out and how great all the colors in this whole module work together. All three are from Ottobre (I put that subscription to good use this month!) and all sewed up really quickly.

That owl fabric is from Art Gallery and I had some leftover from a failed project. I was so happy to use it and love the light pink rib knit with it.

The tunic is another Art Gallery (their knits are just so lovely to work with!) and I liked using that mustard yellow for some contrast.

This periwinkle sweat shirting is so soft and this oversized sweatshirt will get a lot of wear. I made the top of the size range, I think it was an Ottobre 123?, and I wish I could have gone higher. I may be on the hunt for an indie version of this pattern or try and draft it up. I can see her wanting to wear more of these!

And there we go! The final kid’s fall module is done! I have loved working on these. I know that my sewing skills have gotten better, I’m a whiz at pants now!, and most of these did not take much time so it was really gratifying to be able to finish a garment in one session.

I’m ready to get back to me though! I will be back Saturday with some workout gear I’ve been sewing up and a great discount code so you can get sewing some for yourself!

Kids Fall Module Part Two Finished!

Today I have my 9 year old son’s fall sewing module to share with you! To briefly recap, I am sewing fall modules for each of my children (you can see the two year old’s here!) and I’m basing this off an idea I got from Whitney over at TomKat Stitchery. Basically the idea is that you build a module with one topper, two bottoms, and three tops. Everything works together and can easily be built on as you add more to your wardrobe. I love it especially for planning kids’ makes and am already finding that the clothes Im making with this concept are getting worn over and over again.

For my son’s topper I made him a Samson Sweater in the same sweat shirting fabric and faux leather that I made for his little brother. I forgot to add the elbow patches on this one, but it is really cozy and a great piece to throw on top of his t-shirts in the cooler mornings.

This is a straight size 10 with no modifications and it fits him really well!

The first bottoms I made him are another item to match baby brother (how long do you think I have til they get tired of that?) These are a really basic pull on, elastic waist pant from an issue of Ottobre magazine. Super simple to sew up, although a little skinnier in the leg than I had envisioned. This is a great twill and would look great for church pants… if we had church to go to!

Next are the Thomas Track Pants from Love Notions and I love this pattern. I have plans to make him some more! There are two versions, one with the color blocking I did here as well as a plain fabric one. There are also options for piping and zippers at the legs.

This is a straight size 10 and I will be adding some length to the next pair. This fabric is a thinner athletic mesh which is great for the weather right now and really comfortable for lounging around the house, but I will be looking for a thicker, warmer fabric for the next version of these.

The last in the matching makes, this is the Oliver+S buttoned up button down. Again this is a straight size 10 and this fabric is some from Indie Sew that I’ve had in my stash for years. I’m so happy I found the perfect pattern to sew it up in!

This pattern is really well drafted, has great details, and the instructions were fantastic. I enjoyed making this shirt so much and I feel like it really upped my sewing game. I can’t wait to sew more shirts!

Besides pants, the other item really missing from my son’s fall wardrobe were long sleeve t-shirts. I sewed up this super basic one from an Ottobre issue (there are a lot of other great tshirt patterns out there, I don’t know that I would go recommending this above them?) and added a snake appliqué. I don’t love the neckline on this, but when my son tried it on so I could adjust it (it feels too high and the band is too narrow) he wouldn’t take it off he loved it so much. So I won’t bother fixing it and will just look for another pattern in the future! This fabric is a soft double brush poly and the snake is made from scraps I had around the sewing room.

Finally, possibly my favorite item in the bunch, I have the Navigator pullover from Love Notions patterns. I hope to have a review up of this tomorrow but let me spoil it now by saying that I adore this pattern. I’ve actually bought the women’s and men’s version so I can make more for the whole family!

This fabric is a super soft sweatshirt fleece from Girl Charlee that is the perfect weight for a pullover. I added the zipper and pocket lining in white (same fabric as his t-shirt above) for a fun contrast

I am so happy with how this module turned out! I love all the pieces and they are all so wearable. I was feeling in a bit of a sewing rut and I have to say that after making all these clothes for my children, I have so many ideas and so much inspiration for things I want to make next. It’s a great feeling to spend time, money, and creative energy on something like this and have it build on itself to form more ideas and plans!

Kid’s Fall Module Part One Finished!

Monday I shared my plans for Sam’s fall module and today I have the finished pieces to show you!

For the ‘topper’ in this module I made a Samson Sweater by Love Notions. I made the size 2T from this sweatshirt fleece I bought earlier this year. I added some faux leather details and after a struggle with the neckband and cuffs (due to the stretch of the fabric, not the pattern itself!) I found a dark navy double knit that worked pretty well. I plan on making Charlie a matching sweatshirt! This fabric is really warm and this is a great layer to throw on when it’s not quite necessary to have a big coat but I want the little guy to stay warm.

The next two shirts also happen to be Samson Sweaters, but only because this pattern was so cute and simple to sew up! I love the fit of it. This blue and white stripe is a lighter weight french terry and I thought it would look great in version B with the longer hem line and hoodie attached.

This grey and yellow cozy sweatshirt was a perfect match for this sweatshirt- I literally had just enough fabric to cut it out and was able to use some scrap yellow sweat shirting for the contrast bands and pocket.

I want to make Sam and Charlie matching button down shirts and I love how this one from an Ottobre pattern turned out! This fabric is really soft and I was able to repurpose some buttons from an old shirt of Chris’. Shirts take a little longer to make than a sweatshirt, but I sewed this up in a nap time and even with the limited Ottobre instructions, it was fairly simple.

I only made Sam one pair of pants, he just didn’t really need two right now!, and I used another Ottobre pattern that had a knit waist band and cuffs to make these little cozy khaki pants.

Sewing up these little clothes was so much fun, I think I squealed after every make, they’re just so cute. Sam has already worn a lot of these and I love having warm layers to pull out every day. All of these pieces work well with most of the other things in his closet so it makes getting dressed every day really easy!

Next week I’ll be starting on my 9 year old son’s fall module, follow along to see how it goes!

Kid’s Fall Module Part One

I’m starting my month of sewing kids’ clothes with the youngest- my two year old son! I will be making him one pair of pants, 3 shirts, and one cozy sweatshirt. I’m hoping to have these all finished and photographed by Friday, so stay tuned! In the mean time I’ve linked fabric and the patterns I’m thinking I will use below.

This Samson Sweater from Love Notions is adorable and will be the ‘topper’ of this module as he can wear it layered over other things for a good part of the fall. I’m hoping to make brother a matching one out of this Sweatshirting complete with faux leather patches.

This adorable Bicycle Sweatshirt Fleece is going to be made up as a sweatshirt and this soft French Terry will be a long sleeve shirt with white ribbing from my stash.

I have some really cute green plaid that I’m hoping to sew up into a Buttoned-up Button-down shirt from Oliver and S Patterns. I think it will be adorable paired with these pants from the Spring 2017 issue of Ottobre. I bought this twill to give it a classic khaki pants look.

Sam doesn’t need too much so I think these cozy pieces will be nice additions to his fall wardrobe!