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 (Pt 1Pt 2) | 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!








A Look Back at 2017

Time to take a look at all the amazing things that happened at Style Maker Fabrics in 2017! After five new fabric collections, two style tours and all the incredible memories we made a long the way, it was a pretty amazing year! Our small business continues to grow with all the love and support of the sewing community. We can’t thank you all enough and look forward to what 2018 will bring. Now let’s take a look at a few of the highlights from the year!

Sewing and Stitchery Expo

We started the year off with a bang diving right into planning our spring collection and prepping for our first ever show! In March, we took Style Maker Fabrics on the road and set up shop at the Sewing and Stitchery Expo in Puyallup, Washington! During the show we taught four classes, met loads of amazing makers and got to share a bit of Style Maker Fabrics in person rather than only online. It was an incredible experience and we can’t wait to do it all again March 2018 with an even bigger booth!

Sewing and Stitchery Expo 2017 | Style Maker Fabrics

Spring & Fall Style Tours

For us, the highlight of launching a new season is the Style Blog Tour that comes with it! After months of planning behind the scenes we anxiously wait, along with all of you, to see what each seamstress creates for their leg of the tour. We have made so many amazing friends thru this process over the last two years, both bloggers and customers, and we love seeing all of your styles shine with each of your makes! Spring 2018 is already on our minds…any special requests?

Fall Style Tour Recap 2017 | Style Maker Fabrics

Click on the links to find full a recap of our Spring Style Tour 2017 and Fall Style Tour 2017.

Meeting Sewing Friends

After getting to know people from this amazing sewing community online, it is always a treat when you get to meet them IRL. During our travels this year we got to catch up with some amazing seamstresses!

Visit to Named Clothing | Style Maker Fabrics

First, in plotting out family heritage trip to Scandinavia, we added a stop in Helsinki, Finland to check out the city and of course visit the Named Studio. It was lovely to talk with Laura and Saara and get a sneak peak at a few things they were working on. Helsiniki ended up being one of our favorite cities on the whole trip, so we will definitely be back!

Sewing shows gave us the opportunity to meet a few more sewing friends! In May we made our way to St. Louis for the annual Spring Quilt Market. Lori, Girls in the Garden, joined us for lunch and to check out the show for a bit. After almost two years of messaging and emailing we had a great visit and can’t wait to do it again! A few month later we hopped across the pond for a week in London and met up with Rachel, House of Pinheiro, and the girls from the Fold Line (Rachel and Kate) at British Sewing Live! The UK sewing community  is truly amazing and wonderful to experience everything it has to offer when you visit.

Favorite Makes

This year we definitely didn’t get to sew as much as we wanted too—price of running your own small business. But the makes we did get done are well loved and worn often! Here are a few of our favorites.

Favorite Makes 2017 | Style Maker Fabrics

  1. Athleisure Gemma Sweater — Our Fall Style Tour make in cozy velour.
  2. Watercolor Ebony Tunic — One of our most worn garments.
  3. Boiled Wool Sapporo Coat — Equally stunning and cozy
  4. Anthro-Inspired Jill Coatigan – Money saving comfort and style.

Top Patterns

Last but not least, our top selling indie patterns from 2017. Some of our personal favorites made the list and three from one of our favorite designers, Closet Case Patterns. You might even find one of the Top 5 featured four times earlier in this post… we may be addicted.

Top Patterns 2017 | Style Maker Fabrics

  1. Kelly Anorak Jacket | Closet Case Patterns — Crowd favorite at Sew Expo.
  2. Sapporo Coat | Papercut Patterns — Cocoon chic.
  3. Talvikki Sweater | Named — Winter style and warmth.
  4. Ebony Tee & Dress | Closet Case Patterns — Versatile fit and flair.
  5. Charlie Caftan | Closet Case Patterns — Warm weather escape.

Thank you all again in sharing with an amazing 2017 with us! We are looking forward to an even better 2018—more incredible designer fabrics, new favorite patterns and lots of stylish makes! Happy New Year!




Top 5 Patterns to Sew & Give

Top 5 Patterns to Sew and Give | Style Maker Fabrics

As makers we know there is nothing better than sharing something we created with others. It might be freshly baked, handcrafted, or better yet sewn! Whether it is for a birthday, special occasion or a holiday present, something you create yourself always makes the best gift and one the receiver is sure to treasure!

Top 5 Patterns to Sew and Give | Style Maker Fabrics

Headed into this year’s holiday season we picked our five favorite indie patterns to sew and give. We chose these patterns based on their style, simplicity and versatility. Not only are they quick to sew, they don’t require a lot of material and are easy to customize to suite the recipient!

Things to keep in mind when sewing for others.

  1. Size and Fit—You likely don’t have the exact measurements of the person you are sewing for, and that isn’t exactly something your can just get without spoiling the surprise! The best advice is to pick a pattern or project that is rather forgiving—not too fitted or has some stretch giving you some margin for error. Sticking to patterns you have sewn for yourself also helps and gives you some insight on any changes you potentially might make. If you are sewing for someone, you probably know them well enough to know whether you should lengthen the hem inch or two, include a FBA, etc.
  2. Style–Simple is always better! We have all received a store bought piece of clothing that we will never wear. You never want that to happen to something you took the time to make, right! Pick a garment that is simple, classic and that will fit easily into any wardrobe.
  3. Fabric—Have some fun with your fabric choice! Keep things super simple with a solid color. Choose the recipient’s favorite color or one you know they look amazing in. Or if prints are more their thing, pick something totally unique but versatile enough that it could be worn with a variety of different things. Versatility is key!
  4. Time—If you can batch sew! Sewing multiple versions of the same pattern saves lots of time in assembly. Complete the same step for all of your projects before moving on to the next one, just be sure to label the pieces somehow if you are also using the same fabric! Save even more time by finding a neutral thread that works for everything.

Now, let’s jump into the fun part—our Top 5 patterns to sew and give based on some of the parameters we mentioned. You will find an assortment of garments, styles and fabric types to hopefully accommodate a whole range of possible recipients. Also watch for other pattern and fabric recommendations along the way!

Pick 1 - Matcha Top | Style Maker Fabrics

Pick #1—Matcha Top from Sew Liberated. This loose fitting blouse is simple and chic with a touch of modern flare. It can easily be dressed up or down for any situation making it a great choice for both style and versatility. We particularly love the Japanese inspired neckline—something more unique the probably isn’t already in your loved one’s closet!

For fabric choices, we paired it with one of the Rifle Paper Co rayon florals—feminine but simple at the same time—but this pattern works well with rayons, linen, chambray and just about any other woven. We love the drape of rayon and put that at the top of our list!

Close, but not quite right? Check out True Bias’ Roscoe Blouse. A bit more feminine with the same versatility and ease!

Pick 2 - Land Raglan | Style Maker Fabrics

Pick #2—Lane Raglan from Hey June Patterns. A wardrobe staple that you can never have too many of and that never goes out of style. This pattern is the epitome of versatility and should be in every seamstress’ pattern arsenal! With so many options (hemline, neckline, sleeve, oh my) included right in the pattern, you can create a totally different top for everyone on your list. While it is simple, it is one that is sure to be well worn and loved!

Fabric choices for this top couldn’t be easier—KNITS! We paired it with a modal jersey knit but you could easily go with any jersey, French terry or even a cozy sweatshirt fleece. Try solids, stripes, prints or even mix-and-match. The raglan style makes this a great top to try different color/pattern combination for the body and sleeves. For sizing, the more stretch the better, creating more ease and forgiveness.

Close, but not quite right? For similar simplicity, try Tilly and the Button’s Coco Top. For another great top to color-block, try Papercut Patterns’ Ensis Tee.

Pick 3 - Kochi Kimono | Style Maker Fabrics

Pick #3—Kochi Kimono from Papercut Patterns. Probably our “trendiest” pick, there can’t seem to be enough kimonos in RTW fashion right now and we can see why! Simple and versatile, you can pair them with just about anything, especially your favorite jeans.

Our favorite part of about this pattern is the range of fabric options! Keep things simple with a drapey rayon or kick things up a notch with velvet. For the cooler months, try a cozy sweater knit like the boucle knit we included above. The possibilities are endless and totally work for this style top!Pick 1 - Talvikki Sweater | Style Maker Fabrics

Pick #4—Talvikki Sweater from Named Patterns. By far, this is one of our favorite pieces in our own handmade wardrobe. Such a simple pullover but the neck detail and split hem help elevate it into something so much more! A great choice for just about anyone, especially during the cooler months. Choose a cozy sweatshirt fleece, French terry or even a plush sweater knit to make this wardrobe staple a new favorite!

Close, but want more simplicity? Try Grainline Studio’s Linden Sweatshirt or Sew House Seven’s Toaster Sweater. Both great options with a simple, classic style!

Pick 5 - Hudson Pants | Style Maker Fabrics

Pick #5—Hudson Pants from True Bias Patterns. For our one pants pattern to make the Top 5, we picked a personal favorite to sew for gifts. Comfortable and casual, these classic knit joggers make for perfect loungewear or even pajamas!

Picking out the right fabric for this pattern will be difficult…there are just too many choices! For the actual fabric type, jersey knits, French terry or sweatshirt fleece are probably the best options. As for color, if you want to keep things simple stick to the classics—grey, black or navy. For a bit more fun and personality go bold with prints and colors, especially if you are sewing them up with pajamas in mind. Butterflies, florals, Eiffel Towers, you name it! You might even want to consider making it a set and sewing up a Lane Raglan (Pick #2) to match!

Thinking pajamas? One of our other favorite patterns in Closet Case’s Carolyn Pajamas. The pattern doesn’t call for knit but we highly recommend it. And even if you only have time to sew the bottom, they will make the perfect gift!

Hopefully you found this Top 5 helpful and that you are inspired to sew for some of your friends and family. The task might seem a bit daunting, but there is no better gift than one made with love! And they are sure to love whatever you make!

Happy Sewing,


Fairfield Button-Up + Sewing for Guys

Let’s face it, most of the time we only sew for ourselves! Maybe there are a few projects others here and there, but sewing can be rather selfish. With all of the time, patience and fitting involved, it is almost better that we remain our own worst critics rather than worry about what someone else thinks about our handiwork. This time of year, when shopping for others becomes difficult I am tempted more and more to sew something special for the ones that I love.

Fairfield Button-Up Side View | Style Maker Fabrics

Last Christmas I dove all in and sewed up my dad his first me-made garment, a flannel button-up shirt! In the winter he lives in flannel shirts and I knew this would be something he would get some use out of. Right out of the gate the biggest obstacle I found was knowing what size to sew…I couldn’t just walk up to him with a tape measure! In efforts to keep the whole project a secret, I “stole” one of the well-loved shirts from his closet and used it as a reference for finished garment measurements. After playing with the numbers and researching patterns, I settled on Thread Theory’s Fairfield Button-Up. Offering the widest size range XS to 4XL, this pattern features everything I was looking for and the finished measurements roughly lined up.

Flannel Fairfield Button-Up | Style Maker Fabrics

To make a long story short, he LOVES the shirt! When he opened the box on Christmas morning he was expecting another store bought shirt like any of his others. He almost didn’t believe me when I told him that it was handmade just for him. Lucky for me, IT FIT! There are a few changes to make should I venture at making another, narrowing the shoulders, but at least it is wearable and now in heavy rotation in his closet. He also can’t help but show it off every time he wears it—”My daughter MADE my shirt.” Love you Dad!

While the actually sewing for men is pretty straight forward, the style, fabric choices and patterns are a different ball game. I thought I would share a few of my favorite patterns and fabrics to pair with them. Hopefully this will inspire a few of your own handmade holiday gifts for the men in your life.

First, let’s talk a bit more about the Fairfield Button-Up. Designed by one of the few dedicated menswear indie pattern designers, Thread Theory brought a bit of modern styling to a classic button-up. You will love the professional details this pattern offers and the thoughtful construction makes pattern matching quick and painless. Thread Theory also offers free downloads for additional sleeve, collar and cuff options for even more customization. All-in-all, a great pattern choice and one that is sure to be well loved. In terms of fabric choices there are loads of options—traditional shirtings, flannel, chambray and more. Depending on his style and the season you are sure to find more than enough choices!

Thread Theory Fairfield | Style Maker Fabrics

Chambray Shirting | Plaid Flannel | Corduroy Shirting

Looking for something a bit warmer and more forgiving on fit? One of our other favorite Thread Theory patterns is the Finlayson Sweater. Cozy and warm, this sweater takes the comfort and style of a basic hoodie and transforms it into something you couldn’t just find anywhere (the point of me-made, right!). Choose between the more modern shawl collar or a wrap around fully lined hood to find the look that suits him best. Add the optional pouch pocket to the front or leave if off to keep the lines clean and simple. We might even be tempted to try sewing this more for ourselves! Fabric choices for this sweater are also more fun…and warm! Try sweatshirt fleece, French terry and other cozy knits.

Thread Theory Finlayson | Style Maker Fabrics

Wool Fleece | Sweatshirt Fleece | Thermal Sweater Knit

One more great option, easily incorporated into any wardrobe, is the Denali Vest from Seamwork. Loaded with customizable options, this versatile vest will keep him warm throughout the cooler months. Experiment with quilting your own fabric to create the perfect pairing. We especially love the idea of the faux leather yoke detail!

Seamwork Denali | Style Maker Fabrics

Check Plaid Flannel | Melton Wool | Faux Suede

Hopefully this helps inspire some menswear sewing this holiday season. You may not get the fit perfect right out of the gate but there is one guarantee—they will love whatever you make them! It is the thought and love that counts and they will be too excited to have something handmade to worry about anything else.

Happy Sewing!


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.

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