Statement Floral Safran Pants

Lately, I keep being drawn to florals— big, bold, striking florals! In fashion, I can’t help but love just about any pair of floral pants. I don’t know what it is but I love them! I’m not usually a floral person, but I think the juxtaposition of these bold prints on pants that creates something different that just draws you in. Add some unusual colors and crazy scale and case closed— I must make a pair now!

Floral Safran Pants Inspiration and Fabric Choices | Style Maker Fabrics

Perusing Pinterest, my favorite one-stop-shop for inspiration, I came across this outfit and knew this is the look I wanted to go for. Bold, fitted skinny jeans with a more casual top— simple but striking! I pulled a few fabric options, but settled on the one closest to my inspiration, a stretch sateen in rich reds, greens and a deep black background.

Deer & Doe Safran Pants | Style Maker Fabrics

Pants is one category of garments that continues to scare me a bit. While I have always had lofty goals of making a wardrobe full of the perfect pants, it just hasn’t happened. Whether it is the time, the fit, or whatever, I always find an excuse to avoid making them. Well, I am facing my fears and taking on a new pattern, Deer & Doe’s Safran Pants. I love the clean lines of this pattern and have been meaning to try it since we got it in the shop this fall.

Now, let’s get sewing! I settled on cutting a straight Size 42 based on my measurements, picking version B for the clean look and the ankle length. I raided my scrap bin for pocket pieces and got everything all cut and ready. Stitching my Safrans together was relatively easy and straight forward. Deer & Doe’s beautifully printed patterns offer each step broken down with easy to follow instructions and helpful diagrams. A couple of my favorite steps were the welt pockets and the zip fly. Both turned out perfectly and the instructions dissolved any fear and confusion I had about these more difficult techniques. Check out that pocket!

Floral Safran Pants | Side and Pocket | Style Maker FabricsI did baste my pants together to check fit, but I have found that that is more of a guideline to see if you are close. You can’t tell how they will really fit and feel until they are complete and you can try them out around the house. Not great, I know, but worth it in the long run. I am finding the more I pairs of pants I sew, the quicker the construction process is. This will make sewing multiple versions less painful and get me to the perfect pair of pants soon!

Completed Floral Safran Pants | Style Maker Fabrics

Overall, I am really happy with the look! I love this fabric and it is the perfect bold floral for a pair of skinny jeans. I still need to work on perfecting the pattern— I do have some whiskering around the crotch, as the pattern describes it, indicating I need to make the crotch a bit shallower on the front. I love that Deer & Does has included a couple pages of common fit issues and how to fix them! So helpful! I also plan on making them a bit longer on my next pair.

Floral Safran Pants Back | Style Maker Fabrics

To finish the look, I paired my fitted jeans with a slouchy Hemlock tee I made this winter out of a cozy sweater knit. Add a simple gold necklace and I was set. I definitely think keeping the rest of the outfit simple is the way to go, at least for me, and letting the pants really stand out. I like having one garment be the star and the rest of the look be the supporting cast!

Complete Look | Floral Safran Pants | Style Maker Fabrics

 

Best part of all— I have some amazing new floral pants just in time for Valentine’s Day! And I am well on my way to perfecting a new pants pattern. A few slight changes and maybe some of our new stretch denims for another pair of pants to enjoy this spring.

Happy Sewing!

Michelle

A New Wardrobe Basic— The Ebony Tee

This week one of our favorite indie pattern designers, Heather of Closet Case Files, released her tenth pattern, the Ebony Tee! It’s a classic tee in a fun swing style that you can’t help but sway, twist and twirl in. As knits are always one of my favorite things to sew, I immediately started laying out fabric choices and planning a couple Ebony Tees for myself.

Ebony Tee Pattern | Style Maker FabricsThe pattern calls for just about any weight knit depending on the look and style you want. I love the movement of this swing style so I wanted something that would drape nicely and hang closer to my body. I have been eyeing this shibori bamboo knit for a while now (its just so soft!) and thought the large scale of design would be perfect for this pattern. It also is a beautiful weight— not too heavy, not too light, with great stretch, recovery and a fluid drape. I also thought this comfy basic would be fantastic in a French terry. Since I can never have too much grey in my closet I picked out this variegated French terry. It’s closer in weight to a jersey, giving it lots of drape and making it a great choice for a cozy Ebony dress.

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Heather includes three different variation in the pattern— a cropped tee, mid-length dress and raglan tunic. She also includes different sleeve lengths and neckline options letting you design your Ebony to suit your style and wardrobe. I decided to keep my first version simple and go with the mid-length dress (View A) with long sleeves and a jewel neckline for my French terry— might as well take the comfort to the max right? I changed up my cutting layout by flipping my back piece over and rotating it 180 degrees. This maximized the size of my remaining fabric and let me out two sets of sleeves. I often find that sleeves don’t fit me quite right on the first go and since I had the space I planned to do a test set of sleeves.

Alternate Ebony Cutting Diagram | Style Maker Fabrics

Alternate pattern piece layout for the Ebony dress.

This planning paid off as the first sleeve was quite tight and not long enough. If your fabric is a bit narrower, you don’t have this space or your fabric is directional and you can’t flip the back, you could always sew a separate muslin of your trouble piece or even of the whole garment to test it out. I ended up widening the sleeves by half inch on either side and lengthening them by three inches. This pattern did not have the handy lengthen/shorten line on the sleeves so I used the sleeve side-seam notches as my lengthening point.

Other than those few changes, my Ebony dress was a breeze to sew together. I serged the entire garment and finished off the hems and neckline with my cover-stitch. Start to finish, I was done in an afternoon and am loving the results! Secret pajamas is the first thing that comes to mind. Paired with leggings or tight and I am set for a comfy day at home or out and about running errands. As this dress has so much body, I also tried belting it for a more fitted look.

umping right back into sewing, I selected the raglan tunic version (View C) using my shibori bamboo jersey. The high low hem of the tunic will really show off the dye pattern and be perfect to wear with jeans, my ultimate go-to! I decided to add three-quarter length sleeves and used my altered sleeves from View A as a guide. For a bit more relaxed fit, I widened the sleeves another half inch on either side and kept the added three inches in the length. For this version, as the fabric was a bit more directional, I did follow the cutting diagram as directed in the pattern. Again, construction was a snap using the serger and cover-stitch. I didn’t even have to change thread colors as I used white for both of my Ebonys!

Shibori Ebony Hem | Style Maker Fabrics Shibori Ebony Back | Style Maker Fabrics

Shibori Ebony Twirl | Style Maker Fabrics

After sewing both of these up I can definitely see why Heather has been living in her own Ebonys over the past we months as she was finalizing the pattern! While we were taking these photos I couldn’t help but twist and twirl. And check out that back! I love how this tunic length shows off the fabric so well. Did I mention it is as comfortable as it looks, if not so?!

Closet Case’s Ebony is a great variation on the classic tee and a fantastic way bring a new silhouette into your closet. I can’t wait to sew up more of these this spring. I’m thinking a stripe jersey might have to be next, what do you think? I definitely recommend this pattern, with so many options to choose from you are sure to fine the perfect match for you and your style!

Happy Sewing~

Michelle

Keeping Warm with the Esme Maxi Cardigan

Bundled Up in Esme Cardigan | Style Maker Fabrics

Every once in a while, the planets align and you find the fabric of your dreams for the perfect pattern— almost like a match made in heaven. It doesn’t happen everyday but when it does you know that all of that searching, designing and sewing are worth it!

Just recently I experienced just such an occasion! On one of our buying adventures this fall we stumbled across the most amazing chunky sweater knit from Italy. Of course we had to have it for the shop, in two colors I might add. When it arrived and I got to see it in a larger piece in all its glory, I knew instantly that it needed to be a long, cozy cardigan. Enter the Esme Maxi Cardigan from Named— the ideal fabric for the perfect pattern!

Named Esme Cardigan | Style Maker Fabrics Sweater Knit

With everything going on in December, I wasn’t able to get to this project. Of course, the one that I really wanted to sew, right? So I made it my goal to get it sewn in the new year. One week in and mission accomplished! Now for a closer look at the fabric, the pattern and the slight changes I made to suit my style.

First up, this fabric! It is probably one of the most stunning pieces we have had in the shop. It is wonderfully thick and cozy but the best part about it is the texture and the pattern. The undulating lines and varying thicknesses and textures in the knit give it amazing movement, shape and feel. I washed it up like I would anything else and it came out even softer and more huggable. I could already tell this is going to be a cardigan that I am never going to want to take off!

Italian Chunky Sweater Knit | Style Maker Fabrics

Italian Chunky Sweater Knit

Now, the question of how to cut this maxi cardigan out? I decided to start with the back and have one of the curving designs go right up the middle. I did redraw the back piece so that I had the full back (instead of one half) and could make sure I got it centered correctly. The “straight lines” in the knit also proved to be quite helpful! With the back cut out, it was on to the front. Each side is made up of two piece, above and below the pockets, and I was able to cut these out so that not only they were mirrored but they also would match perfectly when I sewed them together.

The sleeves also got the smaller wavy pattern centered on each of them so they matched. With the fabric that I had left I cut out the front button stand, the cuffs and the pockets. I tried to play with the texture/size of the knit pattern and its placement on the cardigan. I went for the thicker texture down the front and back, especially around the shoulders and chose the lighter texture for the sleeves and the button band. A great use of the fabric and really shows off all its dimensions.

Esme Sleeve Placement | Style Maker Fabrics

Sleeve Placement on the Chunky Sweater Knit

Construction proved to be relatively easy. The only kind of fussy parts were attaching the pockets, which was actually very similar to my Tamarack jacket, and attaching the button stand. I used the stretch stitch on my machine as designated in the pattern but I think I could have just went with my serger for most of these steps. That would have saved a lot of time! That stretch stitch is a slow one! I also went with my cover stitch machine for the stitching the hem and finishing the button band. With the grey thread that I had, the stitches were barely noticeable and it helped give the back side a nice finished look.

Cover Stitched Cardigan Hem | Style Maker Fabrics

Cover Stitched Hem and Button Band

Now for the changes… I find myself always tweaking a pattern slightly to suit what I have envisioned for it. My first change on my Esme was the length. After perusing Pinterest for styling over-sized cardigans, I settled on knee length or just above. Before I even cut anything out I took 6 inches off the back, lower front and button stand. After getting my cardigan “mostly” together I decided another 6 inches needed to come off. This gave me the perfect length and I think it is a change a lot of people have made as well.

Pinterest Cardigan Inspiration | Style Maker Fabrics

Pinterest Styling Inspiration

The next change came in the fit. In trying the cardigan on after it was assembled but not finished I thought there was way too much bulk under the arms. I think that is the style for this cardigan, over-sized and slouchy, great for an overcoat but not the “sweater” I was going for. The thickness of this knit also made it kind of bunching under the arms and felt a little weird.

To adjust this I laid the cardigan flat and marked about 3 inches along the sleeve seam at the underarm. Using chalk, I then drew a line tapering down the body and back out to the original seam, roughly just above the pocket seam. In the other direction I tapered down the arm and back out to the original seam about mid arm. I then serged along this line, taking care to match up the sleeve seams as I went. The results were perfect, they gave my cardigan a bit more of a fitted look while still keeping it relaxed and a little slouchy.

Altered Cardigan Underarm | Style Maker Fabrics

Altered Underarm and Removed Bulk

Last but not least, I threw out the cuffs and skipped the buttons! I attached one cuff and decided to just hem the sleeves instead— less bulk and much simpler. I also decided to go with an open style cardigan so the buttons were unnecessary (and it saved me from making button holes!).

Let’s see the results! I absolutely love how this cardigan turned out! Not only does it show of this fabric better than any other pattern could, it is also the warmest, coziest thing I have ever made. Perfect for the below freezing temperatures we have had this winter. And, yes that is snow in the pictures and it is over a week old. That is how cold it is!

Esme Cardigan Side View | Style Maker Fabrics

Esme Cardigan Front | Style Maker Fabrics

Esme Cardigan Back | Style Maker Fabrics

Bundled Up in Esme Cardigan | Style Maker Fabrics

Overall, my maxi cardigan turn out exactly how I imagined it— don’t you love it when that happens? I will definitely be revisiting this pattern and hopefully soon! I’d love to try a lighter weight knit, like a jersey or lighter sweater knit. Maybe try something like True Bias’ recent make. Anyway, definitely check out the Esme Maxi Cardigan, it is perfect for this mid-winter weather!

Stay warm and happy sewing,

Michelle

P.S. We are so excited to announce that a selection of Named patterns are now available in the shop, including the Esme Maxi!

 

New Year Plans: Make Nine 2017

Over the past few weeks my social media feed has been filled with fellow seamstresses making plans and goals for the new year. Rochelle, of Lucky Lucille, started #2017makenine and is encouraging the sewing community to pick nine patterns that they want to sew this year and set the goal to make that happen. I started thinking about what projects I would pick and it is harder than your think narrowing it down to just nine! Here is what I settled on, along with a possible fabric choice for each. Plans may change but I think this is an excellent start!

No. 1 | Papercut Undercover Hoodie

Since our Fall Style Tour this past September I have wanted to “copy” Abbey’s Undercover Hoodie. I pretty much live in sweatshirts and hoodies when I am hanging around home and I love these two fabrics together! I think this will become a new go-to pattern that I make in a whole variety of French terry and sweatshirt fleece. (Pattern | Fabric)

Style Maker Make Nine 2017 | Papercut Undercover Hoodie

No. 2 | Named Esme Cardigan

Sometimes fabric just tells you what it should be sewn into. When I found this chunky sweater knit I knew it needed to be a long over-sized cardigan just like this one from Named! This project is in my near future… I can feel it. (Pattern | Fabric)

Style Maker Make Nine 2017 | Named Esme Cardigan

No. 3 | Closet Case Kelly Jacket

Since it’s release early this fall this pattern has been near the top of my to do list. I even have out ready to go and the fabric washed. My goal is to have this jacket done for spring. Perfect for the rainy weather here in the Pacific Northwest. (Pattern | Fabric)

Style Maker Make Nine 2017 | Closet Case Kelly Jacket

No. 4 | True Bias Roscoe Blouse

I sewed up this blouse last summer and will definitely be revisiting it this year! I love the drape and style and I can’t wait to add many more to my handmade wardrobe. With so many fabric options it will be fun to play with different colors, patterns, etc. (Pattern | Fabric)

Style Maker Make Nine 2017 | True Bias Roscoe Blouse

No. 5 | Hey June Cheyenne Tunic

This is one pattern where I love every version I see! From Adrianna’s button up version she made during our Spring Style Tour to Kimberly’s tencel tunic, shown below, I don’t know what I have waited so long make my own. Well, it is happening in 2017 and that’s a promise! (Pattern | Fabric)

Style Maker Make Nine 2017 | Hey June Cheyenne Tunic

No. 6 | Megan Nielsen Sudley Blouse

Another pattern on my “wish” list, the Sudley blouse is a gorgeous tunic style dress or top that has a bit of feminine flare without being too dressy. I definitely want to try it in a fun floral or ditsy print rayon for this spring (Pattern | Fabric)

Style Maker Make Nine 2017 | Megan Nielsen Sudley Blouse

No. 7 | Closet Case Ginger Jeans

Since sewing my own jeans last year I have wanted to try a couple other patterns, including the Ginger skinny jeans. In reading this blog you know that I live in jeans (no, seriously!) and I can never have too many pairs. This year I also want to branch out and try adding some other handmade pants to my wardrobe. They might all be “jean-style” but I vote that that counts! (Pattern | Fabric)

Style Maker Make Nine 2017 | Closet Case Ginger Jeans

No. 8 | Cali Faye Hampshire Trousers

This pattern had been waiting patiently on my computer to be sewn up and added to my wardrobe. This year I am excited to make a muslin and hopefully a whole range of these trousers. I hope they look as good on me and that they fit the way they do in my head! (Pattern | Fabric)

Style Maker Make Nine 2017 | Cali Faye Hampshire Trousers

No. 9 | True Bias Hudson Pants

This Christmas I sewed up matching Hudson pants for my friend and her 2 year-old daughter. Now I need to make some for myself, don’t you think? I’m dreaming of a cozy version in sweatshirt fleece! (Pattern | Fabric)

Style Maker Make Nine 2017 | True Bias Hudson Pants

That wraps up my Make Nine List for 2017… now to just get sewing! If all goes according to plan I should have a pretty nice capsule wardrobe by then end of 2017. I’d love to hear what you all have planned for 2017! Any of the same patterns? Maybe you have some other suggestions for my 2017 list. Leave them in the comments below!

Happy New Year and Happy Sewing!

Michelle

Style Maker Gift Guide 2016

Some of our favorite gifts are related to sewing in some way! There is just something special about receiving a gift connected to your favorite hobby and passion. After lots of searching for the unique and unusual we have put together a handy gift guide to help seamstresses with their own gifting or maybe to create their own wishlist to pass on to friends and family!

– Treat Yourself –

At times we all make due with the tools that we already have. But wouldn’t it be nice to have that special tool that would save time and make creating even more enjoyable. Here are a few of our splurge items that are a special treat!

Kai Professional Scissors – Our favorite scissors of all time! They cut even the toughest fabric like butter and the handles fit like a glove in your hand.

Simflex Sewing Gauge – Take all the guesswork out of marking buttonholes. Accurate and fast, a win-win situation!

Professional Pattern Notcher – No more snipping or marking. This has become one of our favorite tools and it now permanently lives on our cutting table!

(Looking for other notion ideas? Check out all of our favorites HERE)

– Sew Unique –

We are always looking to the unusual and unique. Here are a few of our favorite finds!

Ceramic Button Pattern Weights – Measuring 4″ across these pattern weights are both functional and adorable. You can’t help but smile everytime you use them!

Giant Thimble Tool Organizer – Keep all of your tools close at hand in this sturdy ceramic caddy. Available in metallic silver or gold, choose the perfect look for your sewing room!

Style Maker Charm Bracelets and Necklaces – Carry a token of your love of sewing everywhere you go! Choose between silver or gold and pick your favorite sewing related saying for the charm.

– Other Fun Ideas –

Looking for some other ideas. Here are some great gifts to give the sewers that have it all or those that are particularly difficult to shop for!

Maker’s Sewing Workbook – The perfect journal for any seamstress! Keep track of all your past projects, organize future sewing plans and dream up new designs all in one handy place.

Made with Love Gift Tags – Add the perfect touch to your handmade gifts! And you get 12 tags (3 each of 4 designs) for only $1.95!

Ingredients for Making – Great for stocking stuffers or something small to give with a handmade item! And isn’t the packaging cute! Choose between the Pin & Thimble Set or the Tailor’s Set.

Style Maker Fabrics Online Gift Card – Give the gift of fabric or choice with an online gift card. Perfect for the seamstress that has fabric on their wishlist or if you just can’t decide what to get.

Hopefully this has inspired some gift choices to give your sewing friends and family members. Or maybe you need to add a few of these to your own wishlist. Feel free to pass this link on to help others with their shopping. Or maybe add a couple to your wishlist on Pinterest! (For easy reference, pin the image below!)

Happy Gifting!

Style Maker Fabrics Sewing Gift Guide

Holiday Sewing with Itch to Stitch

All this week we have been following along with the Itch to Stitch Holiday Blog Tour! A month or so ago Leslie (Threadbear Garments) and Fleurine (Sew Mariefleur) reached out to us to see if we wanted to participate in a special holiday themed sewing tour. The answer was “Yes, of course!” and after talking thru some ideas we decided to sponsor the event along side Itch to Stitch patterns! We were getting ready to launch our holiday fabric collection and this partnership was not only perfect timing but also a great fit!

After helping some of the participants find fabrics for their holiday looks, it was time for me to pick something for my own look. One of my favorite new trends this fall is all of the amazing brocades! Elegant and sophisticated, it is amazing to see this traditional fabric show up in everything from dresses and skirts to pants and jackets. Looking through Kennis’ patterns I thought the Salamanca Cropped Jacket would be a great choice to pair with one of the brocades we have in ths shop. I went with a more modern choice, the triangle mosaic brocade— I love the colors, texture and design on this one and it is incredibly light weight!

My first hurdle with this jacket was the sizing. In looking at my measurements and the finished garment measurements I settled on making a size 6B. I first printed out a size 8B (my typical size) but the finished measurements just seemed too large so I stuck to my true measurements and went with the smaller size.

Cutting all the pieces out and getting everything ready to sew went really quickly. I settled on a soft rayon challis for the lining— solid black, something that wouldn’t compete with the brocade. I know it probably won’t be seen but just in case… Construction was also really straight forward with Kennis’ easy to follow instructions. I love how it all came together— beautifully faced and it didn’t require some of those fussy steps that a lined jacket can call for. Probably the most time consuming step was tacking the hem and sleeve facings in place, but this was a great project to finish up on the couch watching TV.

Salamanaca Jacket in Geometric Brocade

I really like how these two fabrics paired together for this jacket. Both are nice and light weight making the finished jackets not too bulky, heavy or warm. The brocade also played beautifully with the pleats and gathers, giving the jacket a wonderful shape and body. The fit is great, the sleeves could be a little wider at the elbow (a normal problem for me), but over all this was a great size choice. I also really like the length but for another version I might make it hip length.

Closer Look at Salamanaca Sleeves and Front

For styling I headed to Pinterest for a few ideas. This jacket rides that line where it can be dressed up or down depending on the occasion. Most of my holiday get togethers are more casual so I settled on pairing it with a pair of dark skinny jeans, a grey tank and fun necklace. I can definitely see pairing this jacket with black pants and maybe a sequin top for a little bit dressier look. Lots of options!

Pinterest Inspiration for Holiday Style

Hopefully you have enjoyed following along with us this week! If you missed one of the stops, links to each one are included at the bottom of this post for easy reference. There are so many great looks perfect for your next holiday party you are sure to find one that suits your style! I know I added a few more projects to my ever growing list…

Styled Brocade Salamanaca Jacket

To help get you started on your own look Itch to Stitch is offering 16% off all patterns with code HOLIDAY16, valid only thru December 12th! As a special holiday treat we are offering $5 shipping on all US orders and discounted international shipping. Any order, any size ships for just $5! Shop this week and have your fabric in time to sew for Christmas!

ITCH TO STITCH HOLIDAY BLOG TOUR 2016

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Sew Mama Sew: Giveaway Day 2016

It’s that time again! Sew Mama Sew’s annual Giveaway Day! (NOTE: This Giveaway is now closed)

One of our favorite sewing blogs, Sew Mama Sew, is putting on their amazing giveaway day for bloggers and makers of all kind to share some of their favorite things with their readers. We thought we would join in all the fun and giveaway a set of our favorite button pattern weights and a thimble tool caddy. The perfect gifts for any seamstress this holiday season!

To enter our giveaway, simply tell us what is on your sewing wishlist this holiday season in the comments section below. We will pick a random winner on the evening of Sunday, December 11th and contact them via email.

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Good Luck and Happy Holidays!

The Style Maker Fabrics Team

Giveaway Prize: Set of 4 Button Pattern Weights and Ceramic Thimble Tool Holder

Giveaway Prize: Set of 4 Button Pattern Weights and Ceramic Thimble Tool Holder (other items not included)

12/12/16: This Giveaway is closed. Congratulations to Ellen, our randomly selected winner! Thank you to everyone that commented! A lot of you are wishing for the same thing we are… more time to sew, now to just figure out what store sells it! Happy Holidays!

 

Note: The winner will be randomly selected from those who entered via comment on 12/11/15 and be notified via email. By entering this contest you also agree to sign up for our email newsletter. You may unsubscribe at any time.

 

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