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 Fall Module///Brumby Skirt

Today I have the first piece in my fall module to show you, the Brumby skirt!

I love skirts in general but I especially love skirts layered with sweaters and boots and when I was organizing my closet, I realized I actually didn’t own that many skirts!

I chose to make the Brumby Skirt by Megan Nielsen because it was one of the first patterns I ever sewed and I wanted to make it again with a bit more experience. I knew my fit and finishes would be much better than my first try at it.

I used this beautiful soft tencel twill in the color solid olive from Stylemaker Fabrics and it’s perfect for fall. It’s got the drape and softness of the tencel but it’s a little more substantial thanks to the twill so it holds up to breezy days.

This pattern is pretty basic but has some nice details that I think elevate it a bit. I love the wide waist band and that it has a facing with a clean finish on the inside. There’s an invisible zipper in the back and these big pockets are great and roomy but don’t flap open. There is also a bit of topstitching which I debated doing in a contrast color, the detail would be lovely!, but I kept it the same just to make this skirt even more versatile.

I made the size small and it fits pretty perfectly. Looking at the website, this pattern has been updated and now has numerical sizing and a much more expansive range- which is fantastic!

This is a simple sew and Megan Nielsen patterns always have great instructions and construction methods. If you are new to sewing or want an easier make to add to your queue, this simple pattern is a great one.

I plan on wearing this skirt like you see it here, with big sweaters, with t-shirts, and layered up with cardigans. I’m looking at the olive green as more of a neutral and it will be fun to play with the colors I pair it with.

Really happy with how this one turned out! Maybe not the most exciting make, but one that will get worn nonstop this fall.

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!