I’m so honored to be a part of the Style Maker Fabrics Spring Style Tour today! I spend more time than I’d care to admit pouring over all temptation on the Style Maker site, so when Michelle asked me if I’d like to sign on for the Spring tour, I just about tripped over myself rushing to say yes- a sneak peek into all that Spring-y goodness? I was totally on board!
I’ve really gotten into creating capsule wardrobes this year, and the way that Michelle organizes her fabrics by color, style, and substrate makes it easy to create a cohesive plan. She also spends time researching the current style trends, which for this busy working/homeschooling/sewing mama of three is exactly what I need if I’m going to have a chance at my kids continuing to think I’m a “cool mom” into their teenage years.
With patterns, prints and possibilities swirling in my head, it was a challenge narrowing down my choices for the tour (honestly, I want it ALL!) but I finally sat down with a hard cider, and let the fabrics do the talking.
The Statement Piece: The Sasha Trousers in Abstract Reptile Sateen
You know how something jumps out at you, and then you just keep coming back to it over and over? That’s how I felt about the abstract reptile print sateen fabric– I saw it and just couldn’t get the idea of a pair of snakeskin trousers out of my head. If you knew me in real life, you’d know I’m a pretty subtle dresser (think black yoga pants and grey hoodies) so this was a bit of departure from my usual style.
That’s the beauty of sewing for ourselves though, isn’t it? We can go outside our comfort zone, and try something new, and in this case, I’m so glad I did, because this is one ssssssweet pair of pants (see what I did there?)!
I chose the Closet Case Files Sasha trousers– a pattern that’s been on the top of my list since it was released. Having just conquered the Ginger jeans I was eager to expand my pants-making repertoire, and I knew the fit and finish of the Sasha’s would be the perfect match for this sophisticated fabric.
I’ll save the in depth pants fitting/jeans comparison for a future post, but once I got the fit dialed in, these came together really smoothly. I was careful to offset the print on the legs, to maximize the abstract nature of the print.
I’m pretty stoked about that back view- I think most of my adjustments paid off, and it’s looking pretty good back there.
The welt construction method was new to me, and I did stuff up my first try, which was fortunately on a scrap, but I got the hang of it after that!
Since I really wanted these pants to look as good on the inside as they did on the outside, I used a chambray bias tape in natural from Style Maker to finish the fly and waistband facing, and used french seams on all my pockets.
Pre-made bias tape is a great time saver, and this was really nice stuff- nothing like the scratchy kind from big box stores- and it coordinated perfectly with the polka dot lining from my stash and the colors in the snake print sateen. Even the hook and eye and zipper is from Style Maker- I love it when I can buy everything I need for a pattern in one place!
I’m ridiculously in love with these pants- they’re everything I imagined they would be (and how often does THAT happen?!)
I know spring is all about color- but I think it’s also about clean, crisp looks and feminine touches, so I also grabbed the mini waffle knit in charcoal, and the textured stripe jersey knit in grey to add to my Style Maker box, squirreling away a few ideas for when I finished the pants.
The Wardrobe Staple: True Bias Nikko Top in Textured Jersey Knit
When the Nikko top by True Bias was released, I took one look at the striped/ribbed jersey and knew it would be perfect as a sleeveless Nikko- the fitted silhouette was just what I needed to tuck into my new trousers.
I think sleeveless turtlenecks are the perfect Spring/Fall transitional piece- I can layer this top under a sweater in cooler weather, or wear it on its own as things start to warm up.
Would you believe this was my first time sewing a True Bias pattern? It won’t be my last though- I was really happy with the drafting and the little details, like the slight racer back, which really come together to make a timeless look. I did size up once from my measurements based on reading some of the testers posts, and I’m thrilled with the fit- not too tight, but not too loose either.
The rib knit has two sides that are equally gorgeous, and is just the right weight and opacity that even with the close fit of the pattern, I didn’t have to worry about undergarments showing through! Which is great, because some mornings I hardly have time to shower, let alone coordinate my bra to my outfit. #lifegoals
The Flirty Top: Style Arc Keely in Plush Thermal Sweater Knit
For my last piece, I used the charcoal grey plush thermal sweater knit and jersey bias tape in white (another total time saver- I’ve tried to make bias tape from a knit before and it’s a total PITA, I strongly urge you to buy it instead!) to revisit the Style Arc Keely pattern that I made earlier this year (see my first version here).
This thermal sweater knit is just divine- warm enough to keep me from the chilly winds we get in the spring, but with a slightly open weave that lets it breathe as well.
Unlike many sweater knits, it was quite stable, and easy to work with. I literally sighed with happiness when I changed into it for the second round of photos- the wind was really whipping around that day, and I needed something to warm me up a bit!
I’m bit of a latecomer yo the ruffle trend (too many years of being told I’m little and cute, have me avoiding things that are reminiscent of little girls clothes), but now I’m totally on board- and I think the stark contrast between the white bias tape and the dark grey knit are in keeping with my modern vibe.
I changed the construction of the Keely a bit so I could extend the ruffle all the way up to the shoulder seam, but still wanted some movement, so I folded the edge under and left it free where the arm meets the shoulder.
Adding the bias tape was also a small (albeit impactful!) change to the construction- the pattern calls for finishing the top and side ruffles with a rolled hem.
I’ll admit, when I first finished this top I wasn’t sure if it was too stark for me, but hubby was in the background telling me how much he loved it, and my son even walked in and commented about why I was displaying a top I’d purchased on my mannequin! Seven year old boys can be brutally honest, so I took that as a good sign!
With a little encouragement and some trial and error with styling, I’ve now totally embraced it- it feels a little rocker-chic maybe? Not exactly descriptive of my suburban mom lifestyle, but sometimes it’s good to step a little out of your comfort zone, and I can’t wait to wear this one out on a date!
That wraps up my dose of Spring Style Inspiration for you- I’d love to hear what you think! What are your favorite spring style trends?
But wait! The tour’s not over yet, and you don’t want to miss the other bloggers – they are all amazingly talented seamstresses, and I’ve been honored to be in their company! Up tomorrow is Threadbare Garments, and you can see the whole lineup below.
You also don’t want to miss the Style Maker Fabrics spring fabric reveal post– I’m not sure how much restraint I can be expected to have after drooling over all these fabrics for weeks! I’m thinking my capsule could use a few more pieces….(sorry honey!)
Note: The fabrics and notions in this post were provided to me free, in exchange for the opportunity to blog and share them with you. All opinions are my own. There are also some affiliate links in this post- thank you for your support in keeping this blog going!