Now that it’s September, I’ve decided it’s time to transition to sewing clothes for Fall. I was thinking back to my sewing last year at this time and I was just sewing whatever patterns were pretty. I didn’t give much thought to seasonality and ended up making a bunch of stuff that had to wait 6 months to wear or be heavily layered during the colder months. Ever since my first Me Made May experience this past Spring, I’ve really been striving to sew more pieces that fit in to my everyday life.
A few weeks ago, Allie from Indiesew let me know about a pattern bundle that she was putting together with patterns from the Indiesew shop. She picked six patterns that work together to create a handmade Fall wardrobe. There are 2 bottoms, 2 tops, a bag, and a cowl included in the collection. The pieces can all be mixed and matched to create a variety of outfits. I already had the Hudson Pant pattern and I’d been wanting to sew the Lane Raglan for a while. (I’m on a quest of sorts to find the perfect raglan tee pattern!) I thought it would be really fun to sew the Alice Book Bag. I used to make bags all the time and I hadn’t made one for quite a while. I also chose the Commuter Cowl pattern, which I thought would be a nice layering piece.
The first outfit I put together is my Hudson Pants, with the Alice Book Bag, and the Commuter Cowl. I paired these pieces with my trusty jean jacket and a white t-shirt. This is absolutely the kind of outfit that I need for days when I have to drop Luke off at pre-school, take Andrew to tumbling class, run to the grocery store or library, and then back to school for Luke’s pickup. I love these pants and I am really happy with how the bag and cowl turned out. The cowl is a project that can be done in under an hour using 1/2 to 3/4 yd of fabric. It’s a little like origami in the assembly stages which gives it the cool knot details on the sides.
I loved making this book bag. I hadn’t made a messenger style bag before and this was really easy to do. I was really excited to have an excuse to buy some of the Cotton + Steel arrow canvas and the Mustang print for the lining and my cowl. These fabrics are so fun and they were perfect for this project. I think the grommets are a really great detail on this bag and they were very easy to install.
My second outfit is the Lane Raglan with another commuter cowl. I had to tweak the raglan pattern a little bit because it’s cut very straight. I cut a medium on top and graded out to an XL on the bottom, which worked perfectly. I also found that it runs really long so I cut off about an inch and a half from the arms and bottom hem. I used a knit from Art Gallery Fabrics for the body (these knits are so nice to work with and wear) and a Laguna jersey for the arms and bands. I loved the abstract butterfly print but it’s muted colors that will work with lots of different bottoms. I whipped up another commuter cowl out of some weird gauze that I had in my stash. My second one only took about 20 minutes to make.
I am really happy with the way all of my pieces turned out and these are things that I will be wearing/using a lot this Fall. If you haven’t checked out the rest of the collection head over to Indiesew and get some inspiration for your handmade Fall wardrobe! Allie sewed up some really fantastic pieces– in fact I plan to copy her Hudson pants and Lane Raglan eventually!