Spring Style Tour 2018 | Roscoe with a Twist

Spring is here!

After a very long winter with too many dark days and more snow than we are comfortable with here in the Pacific Northwest, signs of spring have finally arrived—cherry blossoms are just about to pop and tulip season is right around the corner! With the change in weather also comes a change in my sewing line up. Time to start stashing away the heavy knits and bring out color, color and more color. All the plants are getting a fresh start, my spring wardrobe can too!Spring Fabric Collection | Style Maker Fabrics

Now where to begin? I like to say that most of my sewing projects are done in reverse. I find some sort of inspiration and then figure out how to make that happen. I love the challenge of finding the perfect pairing of fabric and pattern(s) to create the perfect look. For those of you that have followed along on some of my past projects, it is no secret that Anthropology is one of my favorite sources of inspiration. This kind of developed out of necessity as I could wear or decorate with just about anything in that store, however my budget thinks otherwise! My answer, treat myself every now and then and recreate the looks that I can for a fraction of the price! Below: One of my favorite Anthro-inspired looks from this winter, read about it HERE.

Coatigan v. Coatigan | Style Maker Fabrics

In prepping for our Spring Style Tour I had a hard time settling on a look. All of the bloggers you’ll see on the tour were sharing these incredible ideas and picking some of my favorite fabrics in the collection, but I just couldn’t decide! That all changed with one Facebook post…Anthro Inspiration Post | Style Maker Fabrics

It really started with the bag (which stopped my finger in it’s scrolling tracks), but then I totally fell in love with the “denim” joggers! After clicking thru the links I knew I needed to recreate these casual spring pants and pair them with a fun top for the tour. Simple, classic and perfect for a PNW spring. And before you ask, I am also trying to figure out recreating the basket-weave bag, but I am waiting on a couple supplies. I’m thinking maybe a tutorial post? Yes!?

The other thing that has been getting my attention on social media lately is Roscoe Month. Kelli, of True Bias, has dedicated the month of March to her Roscoe pattern and she is sharing new versions on her blog all month long! As one of my TNT patterns, I thought this might be the perfect choice to pair with my joggers. Roscoe Sewing Pattern | Style Maker Fabrics

Now the question is, what fabrics and patterns to pick for both of these projects? As a red head I tend to stay away from pastels and lighter colors which is a bit backwards for spring I know. As a compromise I settled on one of my favorite fabrics for my Roscoe, Japanese double gauze in a gorgeous plum/grey combination. In line with the color of the season, lavender, just a shade that will pair better with my style! For the joggers, I wanted a lighter weight woven with a bit of drape and decided on this gorgeous modal denim shirting. The perfect weight for these pants, not to light and not to heavy.

After getting everything pre-washed (a must, especially for double gauze) it was time to get sewing! I decided on the Named Alexandria Peg Trousers as my base for my joggers. Based on the fit of the pattern and the finished measurements, I widened the legs about 3″ total grading out from about mid-hip and adding 3/4″ to either side on the front and back pieces.

I didn’t make any other changes to the construction of the pant until the end detail at the hem. To create the tab detail I cut (2) 3″ strips of the denim and pressed them in half lengthwise. I wasn’t too worried about the length yet and left them about 10″ long. I then pressed the raw edges to the center similar to bias binding, creating a four layer strip. I also folded one end to the inside about 1/4″ and top-stitched down the two long edges and across the finished end. I then added a button hole to the finished end of each tab. You could skip this step and just sew on a the button thru the tab and the pant leg to simplify things.

Finished Hem Tabs | Style Maker Fabrics

To attach the tab I adjusted the folded cuffs where I wanted them, pinned them in place and then played with the tap placement. I ended up lining it up right on the pressed open outside side seam and attached it to the inside by stitching a small box. Be sure to have the tab lined up how you want it to appear on the outside, ie right side up and with the finished end. I sewed on the button and I was done. Easy right!

Adjusting the Roscoe Fit | Style Maker Fabrics

Now for my Rosoce I wanted to make this version a little different and decided to forgo the front ties. I finished the neck as directed, just leaving the ties out completely. To highlight the neck a little more I also shortened the neck slit by 1″ and widened the neck binding from 2″ to 3″. After I got my top all finished I decided the heavier drape of the double gauze gave the top a bit too much body around my middle so I tapered in the side seam about 2″ either side, front and back. This took out a total of about 8″ around the hem and gave a better fit.

What do you think?!

Spring Tour Look | Style Maker Fabrics

Roscoe Neckline Closer Look | Style Maker Fabrics

Alexandria Closer Look | Style Maker Fabrics

Cuffed Alexandria Trousers | Style Maker Fabrics

Roscoe-Alexandria Spring Look | Style Maker Fabrics

I love how both garments turned out and I am anxious to see how they wear. Both fabrics will continue to soften as they are washed and loved making them even better. If you haven’t sewn with Japanese double gauze, what have you been waiting for! It is the perfect fabric for spring! And I am loving all the dark denim, a staple in my wardrobe for sure! All in all, I think these are a great start to some new pieces for my spring wardrobe and I can’t wait to mix and match them with other staples.

That wraps up Day One of our Spring Style Tour 2018! I can’t wait to see what the rest of the amazing seamstresses have in store for us over the next two weeks. Maddie is up tomorrow for Day Two with a spring coat and gorgeous shades of coral. Get the full line up and links to each stop in our spring launch post HERE.



Fresh Start | Spring Fabrics 2018

Spring has sprung!

Spring arrived a couple days early at Style Maker Fabrics and we are so excited to kick off a new season! This time of year is all about new beginnings and a fresh start! After the long, dark days of winter we are all ready for brighter colors, warm sun and long days outside. Time to shed those the warm, snuggly layers for light flowy tops, colorful pants and feminine florals.

Prep for our spring collection started just after the first of the year, but it wasn’t until a couple of weeks ago that it really started coming together. After sourcing fabrics from all over it is so exciting to see the pieces matching, coordinating and pairing well together. Today we are excited to finally share the collection with all of you and give the site a fresh look for the new season!

Time for Fabric

In the process of sourcing fabrics for the spring collection, a gorgeous palette of corals, aquas and purples immediately started to develop. Not quite pastel, but not overpoweringly bright either, we like to call describe these colors as our favorite sorbet or ice cream hues.

Spring Hues | Style Maker FabricsYou have probably heard that Pantone’s color of the year is Ultra Violet and this season, the purple influence is everywhere! From springy hues of orchid and lavender to richer shades of plum and eggplant, we are loving the range of this crowd favorite color. Watch for knits, shirtings and bottom weights in a variety of shades in the shop this season.

Violet Range | Style Maker Fabrics

In terms of prints this spring, we are excited to that florals continue to be wardrobe staples. Typically found on drapey rayon challis or crepe, we are excited to offer a selection of other floral printed substrates including linen shirtings, stretch sateens and stable knits. It is always good too have more variety and versatility!

Floral Frenzy | Style Maker Fabrics

Speaking of variety! This season is the the season for pants! We are so excited to offer our largest selection of bottom weights to date—stretch sateen, cotton twill and denim (both stretch and non-stretch) all in a variety of finishes, colors and a few prints for good measure. Pair these with some of the great indie pants patterns available now and your are set!

Bottoms Up | Sewing Pants for Spring | Style Maker FabricsA Closer Look

Our swatch videos with Inside the Hem have become a must each season and they are a great way to get a “closer” virtual look at some of the new fabrics. Grab a pen and paper and a cup of tea and enjoy over an hour of spring fabric talk, inspiration and garment ideas. Not a bad way to spend a Sunday afternoon!

The Inspiration Continues

Our favorite part of launching a new collection is seeing how everyone will transform the fabrics into new wardrobe favorites. To jump start your spring wardrobe inspiration, our spring style blog tour launches tomorrow right here on the Style Maker Fabrics blog! Follow along each day to see what each of the amazing seamstresses sewed up. The full line up and links to each blog are shared below.

Spring Style Tour Line Up | Style Maker Fabrics

3/19 | 3/20 | 3/21 | 3/22 | 3/23 | 3/24 | 3/25 | 3/26 | 3/27 | 3/28 | 3/29 | 3/20

Launch Special

In honor of the arrival of spring we are offering $5 shipping on all US orders. Any order, any size ships for just $5. International orders will also receive a special discount. This special will run the full two weeks of the style tour and will end Monday, April 2nd at 11:59pm PT.

As with all of our designer fabrics, many of the spring fabrics have a very limited quantity. We never know how long they will last or if we are able to get. If there is something you love, you might want to get an order in earlier rather than later.

Welcome Spring!




Fall Style Blog Tour Recap 2017

Talk about inspiration overload! Last weekend we wrapped up two amazing weeks of fall sewing and style inspiration. Each seamstress selected fabrics from our fall collection and created their own unique look for fall. Our favorite part? Seeing each of their personalities shine through in their projects and their beautiful photos.

Here is a look back at each of the stops. We have also included links to all of the patterns and fabrics used for easy reference all in one place! Revisit some of your favorite looks or discover one you maybe missed.

Day 1 – Style Maker Fabrics

Each season we kick things off on the Style Maker blog! This year we experimented with the return of the leisure suite, elevating a cozy sweatshirt and sweatpants with some unexpected fabric choices. Read all about it HERE.

Style Maker Fabrics | SMF Fall Style Tour 2017

Patterns: Gemma Sweater by Named | Ruri Sweatpants by Named

Fabrics: Stretch Velour | Stretch Double Twill Suiting

Day 2 – Chalk and Notch

Next we visited Gabriela, designer behind Chalk and Notch patterns. She took her fall sewing to the max and actually created her own mini capsule wardrobe. We can’t wait to see how she mixes and matches each piece this season! Learn more about it HERE.

Chalk and Notch | SMF Fall Style Tour 2017

Patterns: Hacked Panama Tee by Alina Design CoLander Pant by True Bias | Lodo Dress by True Bias | Self Drafted Cardigan

Fabrics: Agate Scuba Knit | Stretch Denim| Speckle Sweater Knit

Day 3 – ThreadBear Garments

Essence of style! Leslie hit it out of the park with her killer moto-style jacket in cozy sweatshirt fleece and designer denim. Then, to top things off she wowed everyone with her stipe matching skills on her Ebony Tee for a second fall look. Read more about each HERE.

ThreadBear Garments | SMF Fall Style Tour 2017

Patterns: Mai Zip Jacket by Named | Ebony Tee by Closet Case

Fabrics: Designer Stretch Denim | Sweatshirt Fleece | Mini Stripe Jersey Knit 

Day 4 – Handmade by Lara Liz

Looking for some great fall layers, Lara sewed up three wardrobe basics that she can mix with any number of other pieces all season long. Each piece is beautiful on its own, but aren’t they even more stunning together?! Learn more in her post HERE.

Handmade by Lara Liz | SMF Fall Style Tour 2017

Patterns: Alberta Street Pencil Skirt by Sew House 7 | Gemma Tank by Made by Rae | Cocoon Cardigan by Patterns for Pirates

Fabrics: Rose Printed Stretch Denim | Sueded Modal Shirting| Sweatshirt Fleece

Day 5 – The Doing Things Blog

On Day 5 Tori, of The Doing Things Blog, shared two amazing fall looks in soft drapey rayons. To ease into her fall sewing she started with a simple but stylish pullover top that she can easily dress up or down for whatever fall brings. For her second look, Tori turned things up a notch with this gorgeous wrap dress! Find out more about both looks HERE.The Doing Things Blog | SMF Fall Style Tour 2017

Patterns: M7534 by McCalls | Lou Box Top by Sew DIY

Fabrics: Floral Rayon Challis | Sueded Modal Shirting

Day 6 – Girls in the Garden

Next up Lori, of Girls in the Garden, wowed everyone with her pattern matching skills on this Vogue jacket. Such a cool use of this jacquard woven and aren’t the colors gorgeous? Read more about the extra details she included in her jacket and her matching knit top HERE.

Girls in the Garden | SMF Fall Style Tour 2017

Patterns: V9275 by Vogue | Ruched-T by Angela Wolf

Fabrics: Patchwork Jacquard | Bamboo Jersey Knit

Day 7 – Goodbye Valentino

One of the favorite stops on the tour this season! Sarah, of Goodbye Valentino, sewed up this cozy boucle cardigan you can’t help but want to snuggle up in. She even had enough fabric left over to sew up a second look and we aren’t sure which we like better! Find out more in her post HERE.

Goodbye Valentino | SMF Fall Style Tour 2017

Patterns: M6844 by McCalls | Esme Knit Top by Style Arc

Fabric: Boucle Sweater Knit

Day 8 – Straight Stitch Designs

More fall layers! Kimberly, designer behind Straight Stitch Designs, sewed up three separates she can enjoy all season. She experimented with different colors and textures and the results are amazing! Check out more photos and get all the info on each piece HERE.

Straight Stitch Designs | SMF Fall Style Tour 2017

Patterns: Morris Blazer by Grainline Studio | Wedgwood Skirt by Straight Stitch Designs | Montlake Tee by Straight Stitch Designs

Fabrics: Herringbone Flannel Suiting | Suede Modal Shirting | Speckle Jersey Knit

Day 9 – Inside the Hem

For Day 9 on the tour Lindsey, of Inside the Hem, shared her video post of this striking color blocked ponte dress. This color combo and graphic design are perfect for fall and doesn’t the unique construction look fun to sew? Get lots of tips and more info in her post HERE.

Added bonus! In case you missed it, Lindsey also helped us launch our fall fabric collection with another one of her epic swatch review videos. Check it out HERE.

Inside the Hem | SMF Fall Style Tour 2017

Pattern: V1555 by Vogue

Fabrics: Various Ponte Knits

Day 10 – Brittany J Jones

Next up, Brittany shared two pieces perfect for her fun urban style! Both pattern/fabric combinations are spot on and those colors are gorgeous. Learn more in her written/video post HERE.Brittany J Jones | SMF Fall Style Tour 2017

Patterns: S8060 by Simplicity | S8418 by Simplicity

Fabrics: Soft Tencel Twill | Cross Weave Nylon Twill Coating

Day 11 – Sew MarieFleur

For Day 11 we jumped across the Atlantic and visited Fleurine, of Sew MarieFleur, amid the incredible Norwegian scenery! She shared a gorgeous floral dress full of the autumn colors you can’t help but love this season. And doesn’t her cocoon cardigan look cozy?! Get lots of great tips on how to make both patterns even better for the cooler weather in her post HERE.

Sew MarieFleur | SMF Fall Style Tour 2017

Patterns: Carrie Cardigan by Delia Creates | Adrift Dress by Papercut

Fabrics: Textured Boucle Sweater Knit | Autumn Floral Rayon Crepe

Day 12 – Cookin’ & Craftin’

Excited to be sewing for “true” fall weather again, Meg shared this amazing funnel neck dress. For extra warmth in the cold New England winters, she paired it with this stunning drape front jacket. Great pieces on their own and even better together! Read more in her post HERE.

Cookin and Craftin | SMF Fall Style Tour 2017

Patterns: Neenah Dress by Seamwork | Estelle Ponte Jacket by Style Arc

Fabrics: Ponte Knit Solid | Herringbone Wool Double Knit

Day 13 – Made by Rae

Last but not least! Rae, founder of Made by Rae, shared two variations on her Beatrix pullover. The first is a straight forward take on the pattern but it shines in this gorgeous wine colored rayon crepe. The second offers playful bell sleeves in elegant winter white. Learn more about each look in her posts HERE and HERE.

Made by Rae | SMF Fall Style Tour 2017

Pattern: Beatrix Pullover Top (2 ways)

Fabrics: Romantic Floral Rayon Crepe | Rayon Shirting

A huge thank you goes to all the amazing seamstresses that joined us for our style tour this season! We can’t help but admire all of your talents and creativity and we are so happy you could join us. To everyone that followed along with us, we can’t thank you enough for all your support! Hopefully you got some ideas, found some new patterns or just got inspired to sew this season.

Happy Sewing!

P.S. Spring Style Tour 2018 coming in March!

Fall Style Blog Tour | Sophisticated Leisure

Style Maker Fabrics | Fall Leisure Outfit

Can you believe fall is finally here? It seems like we have been waiting forever!

It’s no secret, fall is my favorite season! I just love all the colors and flavors and the excuse to wear lots of cozy layers. In putting our fall collection together I started dreaming of all the sweatshirts, cardigans and coats I wanted to make this season. If you follow along with us on Instagram, you may have seen the stack of knits I snagged and already started sewing for myself. Sometimes I have little self control…

Style Maker Fabrics | Fall Sewing Plans

To kick off our Fall Style Blog Tour 2017, I decided to experiment with the “athletic” trend that continues to be popular this season. We are pretty casual here in the Pacific Northwest and I normally live in knits and jeans so this seems like a good fit for me and my lifestyle. Leisure suits, joggers, sweatshirts, hoodies and puff coats—all great pieces!

The release of Named’s FW17 collection sealed the deal! I immediately fell in love with their Gemma sweater and Ruri sweatpants. Sophisticated but comfortable, these patterns help elevate what could be overly casual into something that is more unique and dare I say stylish.

Style Maker Fabrics | Named Patterns

Now for the hard/fun part… picking the right fabrics. For Gemma, the pattern calls for medium to heavy weight knits that can be color blocked or reversed for the geometric detail at the front. After looking at a few French terrys and sweatshirt fleeces, I settled on a stretch velour in a really pretty heathered taupe with a cream reverse. I’m loving the darker neutral tones!

Ruri suggests a mid-weight sweatshirt fleece but I think any medium weight, thicker knit would do. Since I was going for a little less casual look, I laid out several different ponte knits but couldn’t settle on the right one. In the end I made kind of an unconventional choice, I picked out a stretch double twill (aka tricotine) in a deep espresso brown. Not only does it have a great weight and stretch for these pants but it is also the perfect color to pair with the velour!

With the fabric and patterns selected, time to get sewing! I sewed up both of these pieces over a weekend and only made a couple of slight changes. Based on the sizing I selected a size 8 (my normal size for Named patterns), but decided to lengthen both garments a bit. I am 5′ 9″ and tend to like things on the longer side, so I always look at the finished garment measurements to check the length or inseam. For the Gemma sweater I added 2″ close to the hem so I didn’t alter the piecing details. And on the Ruri I again added 2″, this time lengthening at the knee.

Actually sewing the Gemma was a lot of fun! It is like a sewing puzzle that you aren’t quite sure how it is going to go together. Named does a great job with the instruction, just be sure to follow them, especially when it comes to which way to press the seam allowance! The sequence in which the pieces go together is perfectly planned and interlock perfectly. The velour fabric I picked sewed together beautifully and was not difficult to work with at all. Probably the biggest thing to watch for is the direction of the nap on the wrong side. It doesn’t matter so much when it is on the inside but on the pieces that are visible you want to make sure you have them going all the same direction, in my case that was downward.

Style Maker Fabrics | Velour Gemma Sweater

One last minute change I made was flipping the funnel neck so that it matched the geometric accent. I like the additional cream contrast and the extra softness around my neck. I also didn’t have grommets for the drawstring at the hem so I made due with button holes. Not a big change but I thought I would mention it in case you don’t have grommets on hand either.

Style Maker Fabrics | Ruri Sweatpants Snap Hem Detail

I don’t have much to note on sewing the Ruri pants together. The process was straightforward and rather simple as well. I love the faux fly front and the partial elastic waistband. And those snaps at the bottom cuffs are spot on! The only change I made was since I used more of a woven fabric, I did serge the hem before stitching it in place just to prevent any raveling. In the future I might also figure out making the pocket bags slightly larger so that I can catch them in the waistband seam just to secure them in place.

Now for the big reveal…

Style Maker Fabrics | Ruri/Gemma Leisure Suit

Style Maker Fabrics | Fall Leisure Outfit

Style Maker Fabrics | Fall Leisure Sweater

I love how this outfit turned out—the perfect combination of sporty and sophisticated and the velour sweatshirt is so cozy! Not only would I feel comfortable wearing this out-and-about, I think it would also be work appropriate. Both garments fit great and I am definitely glad I lengthened both of them. The Ruri pants are technically designed to be more of a cropped length but I think I am liking this ankle length a bit better—perfect to pair with booties!

Style Maker Fabric | Gemma Sweater Up Close

Style Maker Fabrics | Ruri Leisure Pants

I can definitely see myself making more versions of both these garments. I’d love to try the Ruri pants in a sweatshirt fleece as recommended just to see how cozy they really are! And on the Gemma I think a color blocked version would be fun or one in all the same fabric with top stitching to accent the piecing. What do you think? Any other amazing ideas/interpretations?

That wraps up Day 1 of our Fall Style Blog Tour 2017. Join us again tomorrow for Day 2 over on the Chalk and Notch blog. We can’t wait to see what Gabriela sewed up—she picked out some pretty amazing fabrics!

Happy Fall Sewing!


P.S. Learn more about our fall fabric collection and get the full tour schedule HERE.

Classic Elements | Fall/Winter Fabrics 2017

Welcome fall, our favorite season!

Twice a year we put together a new collection of fabrics and patterns to kick off a new season of sewing. Today, we welcome the first day of fall and introduce you to one of our favorite collections yet! Inspired by runway looks and the latest in ready-to-wear, we put our twist on current fashion trends to create an amazing group of fabrics that are both stylish and wearable. This collection includes a beautiful range of knits and wovens in rich fall colors ready to incorporate into your handmade wardrobe. Before we dive in, let’s take a look at how the fall/winter collection came together.

Pantone Fashion Color Report | Fall 2017

Pantone Fashion Colors | Fall 2017

Prep work begins in June when we start pulling together designs, colors and textures to use as inspiration. We look at fashion magazines, websites and blogs, among a variety of other sources, to find standout themes for the season. All of these ideas act as an outline of sorts to help us with the next step—fabric shopping!

Using our plan as a guide, we scour our fabric sources collecting swatches, swatches and more swatches. Since we can’t have ALL the fabric (as much as we may want to!), we constantly weed out pieces that don’t quite fit. We arrange and rearrange the swatches trying out different combinations and paring it down even further. After lots of refining, we make our final selections and start planning how they will work as a collection.

Style Maker Fabrics | Fall Swatches

A surprising fact for many to learn is that most of our fabrics come from some of the country’s top designers. Sometimes called “dead-stock”, these fabrics are remnants or left overs after a designer finishes production on their latest clothing line. Rather than letting these fabrics be sent to the landfill, we help give these fabrics a new life and a new story as part of our next collection and your handmade wardrobe. Amazing way to recycle, right?!

Let’s talk fabric. This season we are all about rich, bold colors mixed with soft neutrals that never go out of style. By far the stand out color this season is red! Brick, cherry, wine and berry—find the perfect shade for you! Other favorite colors include jewel tones such as sapphire, jade and amethyst.

Code Red | Precious Gems | Trend-Proof Neutrals

Trends continue to ride the line between the romantic and the sporty and we found fabrics to cover the full range. For a more sophisticated feminine look, don’t miss our selection of winter florals with dark, bold backgrounds and contrasting blooms. If athletic leisure is more your thing, check out the latests additions of jerseys, French terry and other stylish knits. Tie both looks together with some cozy layers to get you thru those chilly months!

Winter Blooms | Sports Page | Cozy Layers

Follow along this season as we feature projects and other inspiration for each of our latest trends. Don’t forget, you can always shop by fabric type, garment or color if are looking for something specific.

Back by popular demand. After rave reviews from her spring video, Lindsey of Inside the Hem put together another swatch review video featuring a selection of fabrics from our fall collection. A great way to see some of these fabrics in action and get some fun tips and ideas along the way. Check it out below!

Coming this week! We are kicking off our Fall Style Blog Tour on Monday, September 25th. Follow along as we visit 12 amazing sewing designers and bloggers to see what they have sewn up for their fall wardrobe using fabrics from the new collection. This is something we look forward to each season and this fall’s tour will not disappoint! Find the full schedule and links to each stop below.

Style Maker Fabrics | Fall Style Tour Schedule

9/259/269/279/289/299/3010/110/210/310/410/510/610/7 (one, two)

Last but no least—As a thank you for joining us as we kick off the new season, US shipping is just $5 now thru October 8th! International orders will receive a special discounted rate. We hope you enjoy our fall launch and find some amazing inspiration and fabrics to incorporate into your handmade wardrobe.

Happy sewing!


P.S. As with all of our designer fabrics, quantities are limited. We will do our best to keep favorites in stock but we never know how long they will last or if we are able to get more.

Tropical Summer Gallery Tunic

Tropical Gallery Tunic Front | Style Maker Fabrics

Summer has officially arrived! As temperatures finally are starting to increase here in the Pacific Northwest I have been looking at my warm weather wardrobe trying to figure out what it is missing and what I want. One item I keep coming back to is a RTW tunic that I absolutely love wearing. It is a soft, drapey rayon and perfectly over-sized— just the right combination for summer.

Ready to Wear Inspiration | Style Maker Fabrics

Rayon Tunic Ready to Wear Inspiration

In search for a pattern to create my own version I went to the sewing community on Instagram for advise. Hey June’s Cheyenne Tunic and Closet Case’s Kalle Shirt were among the recommendations, but the overwhelming response was to go with Liesl & Co.’s Gallery Tunic. Looking into this pattern further it includes the pleat details at the front and back and has that slightly over-sized relaxed look just like my favorite tunic. It is missing the gathered tabbed sleeves but that is something I can always add.Gallery Tunic Pattern | Style Maker Fabrics

Next, time to pick out fabric! I have been kind of obsessed with tropical prints this year and thought I should probably have a fun tropical shirt for the summer. Right!?

Tropical Fabrics Options | Style Maker Fabrics

With so many fun colors and patterns to choose from I decided to start out with my two favorite colors, blue and green. A little on the safe side I know but something that I can wear everyday and not feel like I should be on a beach somewhere.

Tropical Leaves Shirting | Style Maker Fabrics

In sewing up the pattern, the instructions are very clear and concise which is always appreciated. It also includes some great tips and tricks along the way that give you a very professional, finished look. I went with a size 8 in View A, the tunic length with a traditional collar, and didn’t make any major changes to the pattern. I did widen the sleeves at the elbow by about 1/2″ on either side, a standard adjustment for me.

Tropical Gallery Tunic Front | Style Maker Fabrics

This tunic came together quite quickly once I got the front pleat and placket done. The only other time intensive step was folding and pressing the curved baseball hem in place. As recommended in the pattern, taking your time with this step as the bias folding can be a bit tricky but turns out wonderfully with a little finesse and a good pressing!

Gallery Tunic Hem | Style Maker Fabrics

After putting this tunic on for the first time I never wanted to take it off! This rayon shirting was the perfect choice—soft and drapey like a rayon challis but just enough structure and stability that a more traditional cotton shirting might offer.

Tropical Gallery Tunic | Style Maker Fabrics

And let’s not forget to mention that leaf print! I love how this tunic length and curved hem really shows off the fabric. You also barley notice the pleats on the front and back and the color variation on those leaves is gorgeous!

Tropical Gallery Tunic Back | Style Maker Fabrics

All in all, a great first attempt at a me-made version of my favorite tunic. I think another version is in my near future with even wider sleeves and added tab detail. Hey June’s Cheyenne Tunic pattern will come in handy… This tropical version of the Gallery Tunic is sure to get lots of wear this summer! And I think I found a new go-to pattern to enjoy year round!


Spring Style Blog Tour: Denim Jacket and Wide Leg Pants

To kick our Spring Style Tour 2017 I thought I would jump all in with a new spring jacket! The question was, which one? In perusing the spring styles in ready-to-wear two silhouettes kept jumping out at me, 1) a classic denim jacket and 2) a sporty bomber jacket.

The timing couldn’t have been more perfect with release of Named’s spring collection and the Maisa denim jacket. That pretty much made the decision for me, along with the arrival of this amazing washed bleached selvage denim. A match made in sewing heaven!

Named Maisa Jacket Pattern and Washed Selvage Denim | Style Maker Fabrics

Sewing this denim jacket was definitely a step out of my comfort zone. It wasn’t something I could whip up in an afternoon but was one of the most rewarding projects I have ever sewn. I didn’t make any changes to the pattern and sewed a straight size 40. Not only does it look like something I bought at a department store, it is also something I never thought I ever could/would sew. I haven’t had a denim jacket in my wardrobe in many years and I am excited to say that this one is handmade!

Maisa Selvage Denim Jacket | Style Maker Fabrics

A couple words of wisdom when sewing a Denim Jacket:

  1. Stock up on top-stitching thread! It is amazing how much you will use as you topstitch just about every seam… TWICE. (I might have had three machines going for this project- regular thread, top stitching thread and serger)
  2. Stock up on needles! Some of those pesky areas where the denim is many layers think can be hard on sewing machines, needles and your patience.
  3. Take your time and don’t rush- patience pays off and it will all come together in the end. Even when you don’t think it will!

To finish off the look I sewed up Megan Nielsen’s new Flint pants. Wide leg and super comfy these cropped trousers are perfect for spring/summer here in the Pacific Northwest. They are also the perfect pairing for my cropped denim jacket in this drapey olive twill!

Rayon Twill Flint Pants Front | Style Maker Fabrics

Rayon Twill Flint Pants Back | Style Maker Fabrics

In sewing my Flint pants I did take in the legs a bit after sewing them together and trying them on before I added the waist band. The legs were a little too wide for me and my style. I tapered in, starting just below the pocket, angling down each side to about 1-1/2″ in from the side seam at the hem. This took each leg in a total of about 6″. That sounds like a lot but they are still plenty wide for me! I also trimmed the length 1″ and hemmed as directed.

Overall, I love how my new spring look turned out! It pushed me out of my sewing comfort zone and jump started my spring wardrobe. I have already sewn up another jacket (Rigel bomber) to go with these pants! Watch for another post coming soon with all the details.

Follow along with us as the Spring Style Tour 2017 continues tomorrow with Day Two! We will be traveling up to Canada to see what Rachel of Maker Style has planned for spring.

Happy Spring Sewing!


P.S. New to our Style Blog Tours? Check our the recaps from last spring and fall, HERE and HERE!

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