When I was asked to join the Style Maker 2021 Fall Blog Tour, I was thrilled. I mean, this tour is going to be about the closest I have been to any sort of “event” in quite a long time. That is, unless you consider those rare occasions when I run two errands instead of just one while I’m out of the house a “vacation” (and when my entire family was working and learning from home for fourteen months, I certainly did)!
As soon as Michelle and Sharon of Style Maker invited me to participate and I saw the stunning collection of fabrics they gave us to choose from, I began thinking of what my dream Fall outfit would look like. Living in Connecticut, I am lucky enough to experience all four seasons and it truly feels like the charged excitement of the changing weather never seems to lose its novelty from one season to the next.
I received fabric from Style Maker in exchange for this post but all opinions are my own.
Those crisp mornings and chilly evenings that Autumn is known for always call for layering, With that in mind, I built my outfit from the bottom up, choosing a gorgeous 10 oz. Japanese Artisan Denim in Olive for a pair of Closet Core Button-fly Morgan Jeans. As soon as I spotted the Plaid Brushed Cotton Shirting in Olive and Rust I knew that it would look great with the Olive denim, and after a LOT of scouring my pattern collection and the internet at large, I decided to make a classic Archer Shirt by Grainline Studios. I knew that the Helen’s Closet Blackwood Cardigan I had planned to make called for something super cozy and as soon as I read the name “Cozy Eco Sweatshirt Fleece”, I was sure that I had found the fabric I was looking for! The oatmeal color was the perfect neutral to round out the look.
Sewing up these
hard pants jeans was an absolute pleasure! The Japanese denim was super easy to work with and the fabric was a gorgeous hue that still allowed the texture of the denim to shine through, which I loved. I decided to use two machines to sew these up and I am so glad that I did! I took out my trusty Brother XM2701 for the topstitching and used my Babylock Brilliant for the main construction. So much time is usually taken switching up the threads and needles, that this felt like a breeze. I was pleasantly surprised that there was minimal cursing during the making of this pair, despite the fact that I decided to challenge myself by attempting to topstitch the design for the back pockets using the graphics from my new Sew the Story logo. A laser-engraved leather label I got on Etsy was the perfect final touch!
To be perfectly honest, the longest part of the construction of my Grainline Studios Archer shirt was the time I spent standing over the uncut fabric, rotary cutter in hand, just staring at it. I literally had “I hate cutting plaid” in my head on a continuous loop to the tune of Joan Jett’s classic anthem “I Love Rock ‘N Roll” for about an hour. While I was certainly not confident that I was going to be able to successfully match the pattern up on opposite sides of the button placket in those moments, I am extremely confident that plenty of other sewists out there share my anxiety (if not my lyric-altering self-soothing techniques) for pattern-matching. Once I had the courage to cut into the fabric things progressed pretty quickly, and I really enjoyed sewing this up. I made a couple of minor modifications to account for my 5’3” stature and the length ended up exactly where I wanted it. This incredibly soft, brushed fabric is the perfect weight for the transition into Fall, and the Olive/Rust/Cream combo is the ultimate Autumnal trifecta, in my opinion.
I literally had “I hate cutting plaid” on a continuous loop in my head to the tune of Joan Jett’s classic anthem “I Love Rock ‘N Roll” for about an hour.
I am *almost* embarrassed to admit that I have made six Blackwood Cardigans before this one. It is by far the most versatile pattern in my collection and this is likely due to the number of variations that can be made to it based on utilizing different fabrics and playing with the length of it alone. For the deliciously cozy and aptly named Eco Cozi Sweatshirt Fleece, I decided to go with the standard length for View A, but I increased the width of both the lapels and the pockets. I find with a fabric this thick, for both form and function, increasing the size of the pocket is the way to go. I am thrilled with the way this turned out and will be going back to Style Maker to pick out a few yards to make myself a(nother) Page/Hudson combo!
Rounding off my seasonal ensemble are the Olive kicks I made last month in an online class with the Chicago School of Shoemaking. I was blown away by the quality of the materials we were provided and could not believe that I had made a pair of leather sneakers myself that were legitimately comfortable and cute! I’m not going to say that I chose a palette that had so much Olive in it so that I could wear these with it…but I’m not going to not say that either!