I was thrilled when Michelle asked me to join The Style Maker Fabrics Fall Style Tour 2017. I have followed previous Style Maker Tours and I can still remember some of my favorite outfits, so I felt the pressure as soon as I said yes.
Then I saw the rest of the amazing lineup and felt stressed all over again. This is going to be a great tour, and I’m excited to follow along. Michelle has curated gorgeous fabrics for this collection and you can see them all here, along with a video to give you a great idea of how the fabrics drape and move. Michelle posted on Day One of the Tour, and I love the athletic leisure look she sewed up using some brand new patterns. Make sure to check out her post here.
There are so many awesome fabric options in this collection, and I was excited to sit down and review them. Choosing was easy. I was instantly drawn to this Agate Scuba Knit and began thinking about other fabrics that would work with it. The fabric is soft and has a nice hand, not too thick, which is perfect. I decided to sew up the Lodo dress by True Bias. I have sewn this dress once before. I already loved the fit, and I knew this fabric would work well with this pattern. The Adeline Dress from Style Arc was another option, and I think it would look great in this fabric too.
In the Fall, I usually wear a sweater or light jacket. After choosing this Loose Sweater Knit in Charcoal to pair with the Agate Scuba, I decided to draft a sweater with a notched collar and a 3/4 sleeve. I am happy with how it turned out, but I omitted the tricot fusible in the collar facing and ended up with a wonky collar – lesson learned! The fabric, however, is very cozy and can be worn over a dress or jeans. Other great options for this fabric would be the Carrie Cardigan by Delia Creates or the Driftless Cardigan by Grainline.
I wanted to show a casual look for this Agate Scuba Knit, so I started looking for a tee pattern that I could use as a base. I decided on the Panama Tee pattern by Alina Sewing + Design Co. I made a few modifications to get a boxy style that I thought would work well with this fabric. I sized up one size, shortened the pattern to hit at my natural waist and straightened the side seams to remove the shaping. It made for the perfect boxy tee! This is the first time I used Alina’s patterns, and I was really impressed with her drafting!
As I was preparing for this post, Kelli of True Bias released a new pattern, the Lander Pant. I knew I had to sew this on-trend style. I had chosen this Classic Stretch Denim in Slate with the intention of making skinny jeans. I love the feel of this stretch denim; it’s a great weight and is very soft. The Lander pattern calls for fabric with no stretch or very little stretch, but I couldn’t help myself. The stretch makes them very comfortable, but I did have to take them in on the sides and lost a little of the width in the leg. If you are looking for a non-stretch twill option, I recommend this & this from Style Maker Fabrics. The jean button tacks are from WAWAK Sewing Supply here, a recommendation from Kelli.
Of course, the sweater also works for this outfit and is so cozy for Fall!
Thanks so much to Michelle for asking me along, and now I have 4 new pieces to get me through the year! I am so excited to see all of the posts along the way. My girl Leslie of Threadbear Garments is up tomorrow, and I promise – you are not going to want to miss her post!