Sewing My Spring Capsule///Pietra Pants

I have my second piece of my Spring Capsule Wardrobe to share with you today!! I’ve already started wearing these on the regular and I love how they turned out. Here’s a look at the second bottom in my capsule.

The Capsule Piece: The spring capsule from Everyday Style comes with a color palatte, but if you don’t like it she offers some great tips on how to change it up. Since I am pretty clear in what my colors are, this was an easy one to do. I swapped out the color navy for this rust/cinnamon/terracotta color that I love and have been wearing as a neutral. The capsule called for a pair of navy pants so I made these instead!

The Pattern and Fabric: This pattern is one I have made before and I wear all the time. These are the Pietra Pants by Closet Core patterns and I made them with this lovely lyocell twill from Melanated Fabrics. I love tencel and lyocell twills (essentially the same thing, different brands) for drapey pants. They are heavy enough to wear well and hold any details like pockets, but have a beautiful drape and easy feel.

Details: I made version B, the tapered leg, in a straight size 8. I wanted this version because I thought it would be easier to swap out shoes- booties, flats, sneakers even- and wear into the summer. I made one stupid error where I put the pockets on the wrong way, but I don’t know if it will matter to anyone but me.

How I plan to wear it: With all the shoes! I experimented a bit and I think I love these pants with a lot of different shoes. I also loved playing with this color and lightening it up with my springy palatte. These pants have been on heavy rotation! I love the flat front with elastic back, the perfect pant for easing back into the real world…

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.

My Fall Module/// Simplicity 9114

This week I’m going to be wrapping up my fall module and showing you everything I made! The idea behind this came from Whitney over at TomKatStitchery who sews in modules all the time. The idea is to make 3 tops, 2 bottoms, and 1 topper and they all work together as well as work with what’s already in your closet!

When I switched out my summer clothes for cold weather clothes recently, I saw quite a few gaps in my wardrobe. I thought a fall module would be an easy way to add in some great basic separates that I can layer up in the coming months.

I shared my first piece, the Brumby skirt, over in this blog post. Today I have my second bottom, these brown trousers. I am desperately in need for more heavy weight pants that aren’t jeans and I’ve been wanting to sew this Simplicity 9114 Mimi G pattern ever since it came out. I’m actually showing it with the cami I made from this pattern earlier this year.

I sewed up the size 14 in this grid texture cotton/nylon coating in chocolate from Stylemaker Fabrics. Now, I knew going into this pattern that getting a perfect fit on a pair of pants the first go around is not likely to happen. So I’m calling this first version a wearable muslin.

I think I could size down as I had to take in the waistband a bit, which means the finish on my waistband isn’t perfect. I also don’t love this fabric for these pants as it is a little stiff. I would love to try this out in a wool or tencel twill.

Otherwise the shape of these pants is exactly what I wanted! I love the pleating details and the straight leg. The length was pretty perfect on me and I’ve already worn them with some slouchy sweaters.

I look forward to perfecting this pattern in the future, but in the meantime I’m really happy with how these turned out and am loving having this rich brown color in my wardrobe.

My August Needle Sharp Box

I got the Sew Indulgent Box from Needle-sharp for the month of August and wanted to share my makes with you! This is a subscription service that offers multiple boxes each month with everything you need inside to complete a sewing project. I have enjoyed these boxes in the past, but especially right now when just popping out into a store for notions or going in person to a fabric store isn’t really an option, I find them really useful. They have one off boxes as well and would be a great gift for a new sewist! I have a video showing everything that came in this box here.

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The pattern I picked this month was thePietra Pants and Shorts from Closet Core Patterns. We got to pick two fabric options so I picked a washed linen for the shorts and a tencel twill for the pants.

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I absolutely love this pattern! They were so quick to sew up and I think they look, this may sound weird, but like real pants! I say that because the back is entirely elasticated but from the front these look polished and professional. They are really comfortable and if you need pants for an office job (or work from home!) I think these in a neutral fabric would work great.

I also adore the pocket detail. The lines are very cool, and again, just take these to a more elevated level of pants.

I made no adjustments to either pair and have already gotten a lot of wear out of both. I think a wide leg version in a wool would be gorgeous and I would like to try the straight leg as well. I know this pattern has been around for awhile, but if you’ve been waiting to make it I can say it definitely lives up to the hype!

///Pattern Details////

Pattern, version: Pietra Pants from Closet Core Patterns. I made versions A (wide leg) and C (shorts)

Size, adjustments: I made a straight size 8 in both. The shorts hang a little loose on me so I took in the seam allowance a bit with the pants and it fits nicely at the waist now.

Fabric used: The shorts are in a brushed linen and the pants are a tencel twill. All of my supplies came from Needle-sharp.

Final thoughts: I enjoyed making these so much! Closet Core always has great instructions and I am just really happy to have a pants and shorts pattern that I can make a go to. I would recommend these for someone newer to sewing because along with being simple to sew, there are a lot of resources on the Closet Core blog to help you out as well as a lot of versions shared online!

Embracing Imperfect Makes

While cleaning out my closet I noticed that I do not own a lot of pants. I had some jeans that I bought post pregnancy but not a lot of other options. These past few months I’ve jumped head first into making pants and want to share my thoughts on making my first pair of jeans! Here are a few stats and links:

Pattern Name: Ginger Jeans from Closet Case Patterns

Size Made: 10, with adjustments on fitting the waist and side seams. Basically I basted the jeans first and then just pinched in where I needed to- nothing very scientific!

Supplies: I bought all my materials through a Needle Sharp Subscription Box. I love these boxes as they have everything in them needed for a project. If you’re looking for more kits specific to the notions needed for jean making, check out the Closet Case Jeans Making Kit as well as the Blackbird Fabrics Jean Making Hardware Kit

Additional notes: This is a very popular jeans pattern- and for good reason! Check out the hashtag on instagram to see them on different people. Check out  The Sew Along on the Closet Case blog, and the pattern link above also lists quite a few resources. While I’m not sure I will be making this specific pattern again anytime soon, I was really happy with the entire process and the end result. If you have sewn other garments before and are ready to dive into jeans making, I would think you could have a lot of success with this pattern!

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I get a lot of comments from people that don’t sew along the lines of ‘I could never do that!’ or ‘I want to start sewing but have no idea where to start and it looks so hard!’ My advice is always to just start. I took a couple of classes to learn how to work a machine and sew a straight line and then from there I just started sewing! There are so many amazing resources online that if I came across something I didn’t know, I just used good ole Google to help me sort it out.

That being said, I make a lot of mistakes. These jeans have a few of them. There are things I’ve made and then later have to get rid of because of mistakes. There are things I wear that I notice the imperfections and it will sometimes bother me.

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Over the past year or so I’ve learned to embrace these imperfections. I’ve learned from them, in what to do next time and also in what’s important to me. Perfection is not my goal. Maybe it used to be? Maybe there was a time when I really cared about being as close to perfect as possible (and not just in sewing). But I truly believe there’s beauty in the wonky topstitching. There’s a story behind a pocket that didn’t turn out right or a zipper fly that gapes open just a hair.

All of these imperfections come from my hands and to me that’s beautiful. My quest is to create clothes I love and when I wear these imperfect jeans it’s amazing to me that they are more comfortable than any pair I’ve ever bought from a store.

Letting the fear of imperfection stop you from learning something new is a waste of time.  Maybe you try something new and it doesn’t work out, I know there’s still value there. And then the times you try something new and find a whole new side of yourself? An entire new way of being? What if fear had kept you from that!

Equating sewing to life changing may seem like a stretch, but I’ve noticed how I approach the small stuff is also how I tend to approach the big stuff so I’d argue that it’s a fair comparison.

So I say, jump on in! Do the new skill imperfectly, wear the results with pride. Learn something about yourself in the process. Recognize that how we spend our time and express ourselves is reflected throughout our life and that fear lessens the joy. Enjoy the process, learn from the mistakes, google what you don’t know, and then be sure and share that journey with other people that will appreciate it!