Building a Fall Wardrobe with Bethany

We are thrilled to have Bethany, @bethanylynne_makes, joining us today to further inspire our fall sewing with three classic pieces. We can hardly believe she is just one year into her wardrobe sewing journey, and her passion is just a bit contagious! It’s easy to forget how special sewing your own clothes really is, and Bethany is just the reminder we all need. Enjoy learning more about her beautiful fall look!

I’m always really excited whenever fall comes around each year, but especially this year since I’m one year into sewing my own wardrobe! Even though I live in Texas and our autumn weather is pretty mild, I still love to sew with all the cozy fabrics.    

When Style Maker Fabrics wanted to collaborate with me for their fall fabric launch (eek!!) I got to work right away dreaming up an outfit that had all the fall vibes but that I wouldn’t start sweating in right away, ha. I also wanted to make pieces that I knew would be interchangeable and work with the rest of my wardrobe. 

Linen is my favorite fabric to work with so I knew right away that I would be using it for this outfit. I love linen because of the slubby texture, and the lived-in flowing garments it makes when sewn up. There also so many benefits to wearing linen beyond just appearance! It’s breathable, durable and is considered one of the strongest of all natural fibers. I also love how it only gets softer with washing and I know it’s going to last through years of wear.

(Find other info and tips for working with linen HERE)

The Peppermint Wrap Skirt has been on my “to-make” list for a while so I started with that and built up the outfit from there. I picked this gorgeous plaid linen cotton blend shirting because I knew it would be lightweight enough for our mild autumn weather but still has that cozy look.  It has a soft brushed feel similar to flannel, but has the bouncy and airy qualities of linen. One thing to keep in mind is that linen relaxes a bit through wearing, so I did need to re-tighten the wrap tie after a while. 

Bethany's Knit Tee and Linen Blend Skirt

What is more classic than a basic tee? I debated for a bit on what to pair with the skirt and settled with the Stellan Tee by French Navy Patterns since I knew it would go great not only with this skirt, but with the rest of my closet. A short sleeve tee is also great for layering and for when the day warms up. I LOVE this cinnamon shade and the cotton modal jersey fabric is so soft with a good balance of structure and drape. 

For my outer layer I wanted a cardigan but not something too warm or heavy. After some pattern hunting I found that the Helen’s Closet Moss Jacket was the most like what I was envisioning to complete this look—a lightweight jacket that’s easy to throw on over anything. I knew I wanted to sew it in linen and this soft washed linen is always my favorite to work!

Bethany's Complete Fall Look

Overall I’m really happy with how everything turned out and really enjoyed working with Style Maker Fabrics to sew up this look! It’s still amazes me how I can sew up an entire outfit with quality fabrics customized for my personal style and that can effortlessly fit into the rest of my closet.


Follow along on Bethany’s handmade wardrobe journey over on her blog and Instagram!

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