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!

Michelle

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

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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!

Michelle

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.

Summer Boho Vibe | Papercut’s Kochi Kimono

Kochi Kimono | Style Maker Fabrics

I have been on the search for the perfect kimono pattern for a while. Something shorter, a bit more fitted, just a simple, classic style. In searching I felt a little like Goldilocks—lots of patterns that were close but not quite right. Then, Papercut Patterns released the Kochi Kimono! Slightly more fitted through the shoulders and the sleeves aren’t too wide, this pattern combines all of the elements that I was looking for into one nice package!

Papercut Kochi Kimono | Style Maker Fabrics

Now to pick fabric to compliment Papercut’s Kochi. As it is still summer and quite warm here in the Pacific Northwest, I thought go with something light weight and with great drape. I also love that Anthro-inspired Bohemian style which lead me to choosing this amazing block print rayon challis.

Now to get cutting and sewing! If you have sewn with Papercut before you know these patterns run big, I am typically a medium but in their patterns I always make a small. To keep with the classic look I am going for I selected View C of the Kochi—no pockets or tie and added neckband. In looking at the finished garment measurements, the finished length was a bit shorter than I wanted it to be. I decided to add an 2″ to the body length, making the hem hit right about my hip. I added the length in the bottom third of the front and back pattern pieces. The back piece is almost square making this change very easy. The front required a little extra tweaking as one side of the piece tapers a bit. Don’t forget to also add the length to the neckband pieces!

Papercut Kochi Versions | Style Maker Fabrics

Sewing my Kochi together, ALL of the raw edges are finished with my serger. The pattern clearly directs you when to finish the edge before sewing and press the seam open or finish the seam allowance after it is sewn. I think the pattern did miss a couple so I made sure all my edges were serged. I also serged my hem and sleeves before folding them up and topstitching. On a heavier fabric I might be tempted to finish the raw edges with bias binding but for this I didn’t want a lot of extra bulk and that is a lot of extra work on a first try of a pattern.

The only other change I made to the Kochi pattern is how I attached the neckband. I decided to kick the Boho vibe up a notch and add a geometric trim insert in the seam. A great added detail without a lot of extra work. The first question was how to attached the neckband to one side of the trim? To keep a nice finished edge I folded the neckband right sides in and sandwiched the trim between the layers. Then, I stitched a long tube with 1/4″ seam, turned it right side out and pressed.

Neckband Hem Piece | Style Maker FabricsNext, to attach my new “neckband” to the kimono I finished off the front edge with the serger and pinned my neckband in place, starting at the back neck. Now for the trickiest part, at the hem I trimmed the neckband 3/4″ short of meeting the hem. Weird, right?

I also cut a roughly two 3″ squares from my fabric scraps and folded all the raw edges to the wrong side and folded this in half. This created a little hem for my neck band that is about the same width as the actual hem on the kimono. Lining everything up in place, I sandwiched each end of the neck band (about 1/2″) between the folded hem piece and top-stitched. You want to keep everything pinned so that it all lines up correctly.

Kochi Neckband Trimmed | Style Maker Fabrics

Last but not least, I stitched the finished neck band on using a 1/4″ seam allowance, taking care to catch only the edge of the decorative trim. Pressed the seam to the body of the kimono and I was set!!

Now for the big reveal…

Kochi Kimono Front | Style Maker Fabrics

Kochi Kimono Side | Style Maker Fabrics

My Kochi Kimono is the perfect addition to my summer wardrobe. I love how the fabric feels almost weightless and kind of catches in the breeze. And that print… so fun for this Boho style. It kind of reminds me of a bandanna or even henna designs. Overall, the fit is just right and I like the added length and the side slits and it the perfect layering piece for a warm day.

Kochi Kimono Trim Detail | Style Maker Fabrics

I am so happy with my choice to add the trim insert, such a fun extra detail and the finish turned out amazing. Trims like this are so easy to add to just about any garment—insert them in an existing seam, split a pattern piece and slip it in between or even cut off the hem and add it just above it. I was thinking after the fact that adding it to my kimono sleeve hems would be another great option. Maybe next time!

Kochi Kimono Back | Style Maker Fabrics

Guess I need to start thinking about a fall version. Any thoughts of fabric choice? Maybe a soft wool or go crazy and try a stable knit? Oh, and pair it with a turtle neck! So many ideas, not enough time to sew…

Michelle

Summer Watercolor Ebony Tunic

Redrawing the Ebony Pattern Pieces | Style Maker Fabrics

I have been practically living in my Closet Case Ebony Tees since first sewing up this pattern earlier this year! Now that summer is here in full force it is time to add another to my wardrobe.

Shibori Ebony Twirl | Style Maker Fabrics

While I love the amazing swing to the Ebony, sometimes all that extra fabric does get in the way and I long for a slimmer version. A few fellow sewists on Instagram tackled this issue using various methods but I decided to take the simple, straight forward approach. First, I traced a fresh copy of my front and back pieces on pattern tissue. On each piece, I then measured along the hem 6 inches from the side seam and drew a straight line up to the underarm. This decreased the circumference of the hem by about 24 inches (that seems like a ton, right?). I settled on the 6 inch amount by trying on my shibori version again and pinching in the side seams to get the fit I wanted—seemed like a good place to start.

Redrawing the Ebony Pattern Pieces | Style Maker Fabrics

With my pattern pieces trimmed down, I needed to make sure my side seams matched up. In looking at the original pieces, the back pieces should be trimmed/curved up to be even with the front. I laid the back piece over the front, matching the side seams at the under arms, and drew a gentle curve from the edge of the front piece out to the hem, shown below. With my alterations complete and I continued on as directed in the pattern and with the changes that I made previously for my 3/4-length raglan sleeve tunic.

Trimmed Ebony Pattern Pieces | Style Maker Fabrics

Now for the fun part, fabric choice! One of my favorite pieces in the shop right now is this watercolor stripe jersey knit. Lighter weight and perfectly drapey for a summer Ebony tee! I think my favorite part though it the color and the amazing movement and random look of the print. In cutting my pieces out I did my best to match up the “stripes” as best I could. The variegated look made this a bit more difficult and not an absolute match but close enough. I also decided to cut my sleeves out so they DID NOT match, embracing the abstract look of the knit.

Watercolor Stripe Jersey | Style Maker Fabrics

Sewing this Ebony up was quick and straight forward. I finished my necklines and hem with my cover-stitch machine for a professional look and I am loving the results!

Watercolor Ebony Front View | Style Maker Fabrics

I was worried I took out too much of the swing (24 inches is a lot!), but I think it was the just about the right amount, especially for the front. I might continue to tweak the back a bit, add a couple inches of swing back in and shorten the curve of the hem. Nothing major but I think these changes may help fix a bit of clinging that I noticed in wearing this top on repeat over the last week.

Watercolor Ebony Side View | Style Maker FabricsWatercolor Ebony Back | Style Maker FabricsWatercolor Ebony Front | Style Maker FabricsAll in all, I think my watercolor Ebony turned out to be the perfect addition for the summer wardrobe! And this pattern continues to move up my list of favorite patterns. If you haven’t sewing this one up yet, you need to now! And this jersey… I think the photos say it all!

Michelle

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!

Michelle

Spring Style Blog Tour 2017 Recap

Style Maker Fabrics | Spring Style Tour

A couple of weeks ago we wrapped up our Spring Style Tour 2017. This spring’s tour included twelve amazing stops, eighteen outstanding looks and more inspiration for our spring sewing than we know what to do with!

Here is a look back at all twelve stops, including links to each post, as well as the patterns and fabrics used. A handy reference to revisit some of your favorite pieces or catch up on one you missed!


Day 1 – Style Maker Fabrics

We kicked things off with one of our proudest makes yet— a denim jacket! A labor of love but so worth the effort. We completed the look with some wide leg trousers in a soft rayon twill, get all the details in our post HERE.

Style Maker Fabrics | Style Maker Fabrics Spring Style Tour 2017

Patterns: Maisa Denim Jacket by Named | Flint Pants by Megan Nielsen

Fabrics: Washed Selvage Denim | Soft Rayon Twill


Day 2 – Maker Style

On Day 2 we visited Rachel, of Maker Style, to check out her two romantic spring looks, one of her favorite trends this spring! Learn more about both looks in here post HERE.

As a special bonus, we chatted with Rachel about the top fashion trends this spring during the Season 2 premiere episode of her Maker Style Podcast. It was such a fun experience and you can check it out HERE.

Maker Style | Style Maker Fabrics Spring Style Tour 2017

Patterns: Ogden Cami by True Bias | The Orla Dress by French Navy

Fabrics: Clip Dot Shirting | Floral Rayon Crepe


Day 3 – Sweet Red Poppy

Next up we visited the always adorable Kimberly of Sweet Red Poppy. She went above and beyond creating two amazing looks for spring and each one fits her perfectly. Learn more about her process and the patterns she chose in her post HERE.

Sweet Red Poppy | Style Maker Fabrics Spring Style Tour 2017

Patterns: Primrose Peplum by Sew Caroline | Ultimate Trousers by Sew Over It | Love Notions “Mash Up” Dress

Fabrics: Medallion Eyelet Shirting | Floral Stretch Sateen | Crepe Texture Double Knit Dot


Day 4 – Sew House 7

On Day 4 we visited Peggy, owner and designer of Sew House 7 Patterns. Prepping for a family trip this spring, she sewed up a versatile pencil skirt and two drape knit tees to pair with it. Three spring wardrobe building pieces she can enjoy all season! Check out her post HERE.

Sew House Seven | Style Maker Fabrics Spring Style Tour 2017

Patterns: Ebony Tee by Closet Case | Axel Skirt by Megan Nielsen

Fabrics: Speckle Ponte Knit | Modal Jersey Knit | Stripe French Terry


Day 5 – Cookin’ and Craftin’

Next up Meg shared two looks and two posts for our Spring Tour. Her first was the perfect spring kimono— so light and airy this is the perfect pattern and fabric pairing! Her second was a fun twist on a classic button up. Check each post out HERE and HERE.

Cookin' and Craftin' | Style Maker Fabrics Spring Style Tour 2017

Patterns: Willow Kimono by Designer Stitch | Juliet Shirt by Style Arc

Fabrics: Medallion Rayon Challis | Seersucker Shirting


Day 6 – Inside the Hem

Lindsey, of Inside the Hem, knocked our socks off this spring with two amazing videos! For Day 6 on the tour she shared this stunning butterfly maxi dress. Paired with a classic linen jacket to complete the look, her choices and sewing are always impeccable. Watch it HERE.

To help us kick off our Spring Collection, Lindsey also shared a video look at 50+ swatches and shared some initial thoughts on how you might use each one. Be sure to check it out HERE.

Inside the Hem | Style Maker Fabrics Spring Style Tour 2017

Patterns: S1467 by Simplicity | V1344 by Vogue and M7381 by McCalls

Fabrics: Textured Linen Solid  | Butterfly Rayon Crepe


Day 7 – Helen’s Closet

Next up, Helen of Helen’s Closet! She shared two unique looks that suit her and her style perfectly. Learn more about how she developed each piece in her post HERE.

Helen's Closet | Style Maker Fabrics Spring Style Tour 2017

Patterns: Hacked Ogden Cami by True Bias | Self Drafted Tee

Fabrics: Rayon Crepe Dot | Modal Jersey Knit


Day 8 – Pattern Review

On Day 8 we revisited this amazing butterfly rayon crepe. It is always so fun to see the same fabric used in a different way giving it a totally new look.

Deepika, of Pattern Review, shared an gorgeous spring dress for herself and with her left over fabric even made a matching one for her daughter. Too cute! Read more about both looks HERE.

Pattern Review | Style Maker Fabrics Spring Style Tour 2017

Pattern: M7562 by McCalls 

Fabric: Butterfly Rayon Crepe


Day 9 – The Sara Project

Next we visited our friend Sara, of The Sara Project, to check out here gorgeous tropical-inspired spring look. With a self drafted skirt and lovely ruffled blouse, her outfit is impeccable as always and a perfect look for this spring! The colors, the patterns and the textures are spot on! Get all the details and instructions for her skirt HERE.

The Sara Project | Style Maker Fabrics Spring Style Tour 2017

Patterns: Suzon Shirt by Republique du Chiffon | Self Drafted Skirt

Fabrics: Seersucker Shirting | Tropical Leaf Sateen


Day 10 – Anita by Design

For Day 10 we are revisiting McCalls 7562 (also see Day 8)! Anita’s fabric choice and styling gave this pattern a totally different look, so bright and fun and suites her sunny personality perfectly. Be sure to check out all of her amazing photos in her post HERE, including how she styled this dress to take it from day to night seamlessly.

Anita by Design | Style Maker Fabrics Spring Style Tour 2017

Patterns: M7562 by McCalls 

Fabrics: Retro Floral Rayon Crepe


Day 11 – Sewbon

For our second to last stop Erin, of Sewbon, sewed up two great additions for her spring wardrobe. First up, a gorgeous sleeveless dress in a soft rayon crepe, another repeat fabric and a totally different look! Next she shared a fun cropped sweatshirt, perfect for the cool spring weather. Check out her amazing photos and get all the details on both looks HERE.

Sewbon | Style Maker Fabrics Spring Style Tour 2017

Patterns: Trevi Dress by Hey June | Linden Sweatshirt by Grainline Studios

Fabrics: Rayon Crepe Dot | Quilted Textured Double Knit


Day 12 – Girls in the Garden

Last but not least, our friend Lori wrapped up the tour with a stunning blouse and jacket combo in navy and white. Both silhouettes are perfect for this spring and mixing the two graphic patterns makes for such a fun pairing! Learn more about both pieces in her post HERE.

Girls in the Garden | Style Maker Fabrics Spring Style Tour 2017

Patterns: M7542 by McCalls | Lonetree Jacket by Allie Olson

Fabrics: Grid Rayon Challis | Dot Stretch Twill


We want to give a huge shout out to the eleven amazing seamstresses that joined us this spring! We can’t thank you enough for all your hard work and creativity. Thank you to all of you that have followed along with us— your support means everything to us and hopefully this tour helped inspire your own spring wardrobe!

Happy Sewing!

P.S. Fall Style Tour 2017 coming in September!

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!

Michelle

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

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