I am the second stop on the Style Maker Fabrics fall style tour* today and even though its still above 80 degrees here in Texas I’m feeling the fall vibes with my newest makes.
I’ve been a fan of Style Maker ever since I won a gift card for them on instagram last year. Michelle does such a great job of curating an excellent selection of apparel fabrics I always have a hard time making a choice! Plus a lot of her fabrics are sourced deadstock, which is super important to me. (Read this article to learn why it matters). If I’m looking for something specific, her shop is one of the first places I check.
When Michelle contacted me to join her fall style tour my answer was of course an enthusiastic yes! Then it came down to choosing my fabrics…. y’all, this was so. hard. Last fall/winter I did a lot of thinking about my fall wardrobe, what was missing, what I wear most often. The weather doesn’t get that cold hear but when it does I like to be cozy without looking like I just got off the couch. So even though I was tempted by this giraffe print rayon (hello… spirit animal!) I decided to be responsible and go for some real wardrobe-building pieces. (Cuz I need another rayon button up or dress like a hole in the head)
First I fell in love with this speckled double knit. I just love the modern, abstract look of the speckled pattern in the knit. And its SO COZY y’all! I’ve had three sweater patterns in mind since I’ve been thinking about amping up my fall wardrobe: the Toaster, the Tabor V Neck, and the Hazelwoood top. Michelle was very helpful and suggested that the Toaster sweater would be best for this knit, and she was so right! The body of this knit holds up that adorable neckline so well. I made zero changes to the fit or construction of this pattern, It fit pretty great right out of the sewing machine.
Another fall wardrobe goal I had was to add more trouser-style pants so every day isn’t a jeans-and-???? day. My eyes fell on this textured cotton and it seemed like it was right up my alley. I LOVE the rust color thats so in right now. And since its not crazy cold here I like that this fabric looks super sturdy and seasonal but the cotton fibers allow it to breathe. THIS. FABRIC. IS. AMAZING. Such a great bottom weight fabric. It has the look of a washed linen, with the hand of a wool… but its COTTON! I think I ‘m going to get a LOT of wear out of these this fall.
I chose the Calyer pants because they’ve been on my list since they came out and I’m such a fan of a menswear inspired look for fall. Give me all the tapered pants cuffed at the ankle please!! It’s a look very reminiscent of one of my fashion idols Audrey Hepburn and as a petite gal I think the silhouette really suits me. I didn’t plan on ever wearing these un-cuffed so I used my permanent cuffing technique to finish the hem. I love the fit of these pants, and the elastic waist gives me plenty of eating room ;). I feel like I can look polished and put together but still feel relaxed. They are *almost* like secret pajamas. I did deepen the crotch curve just a tad because it was a bit baggy on my. But other than that the fit is great!
See this outfit in action:
Pattern: Toaster sweater – Sew House Seven, Calyer Pants – French Navy Now
Size Sewn: Sweater: XS Pants: XS
Fabric: Speckled Double Knit, Rust India Cotton – Style Maker Fabrics
Notions: Just elastic for the pants!
Difficulty: Sweater: Easy, Pants: Advanced Beginner
Adjustments: Deepened pants crotch curve by about 1/2″
Finishes: Serged seams, double needle hem on sweater, permanent cuffed hem on pants.
Sew it again? I may sew the Calyers again in the future but I have lots of other sweater patterns I’d like to get to!
I hope you love these makes as much as I do and that this post has inspired you to approach your fall sewing with planning and intention. Have you started sewing for fall yet? What are your plans?
I cant wait till its cool enough to wear these!!
Be sure to check out all the other lovely ladies on the tour! Its a really great line up:
*Fabric provided courtesy of Style Maker Fabrics, all thoughts and opinions are my own.
Happy Fall Sewing!!