When Michelle from Style Maker Fabrics asked if I wanted to be apart of the Style Maker Fabrics Fall Blog Tour I couldn’t even contain my excitement! I am so excited to be sharing with you my outfit for the Fall Blog Tour!
I’m the fourth stop in the tour and the ladies before me have just blown me away! Michelle’s athleisure looks so comfy and chic and perfect for fall, Gabriela’s capsule wardrobe is to die for (that fabric she used for her Lodo Dress and Panama Tee is so perfect!), and Leslie’s moto jacket and Ebony Tee are amazing (also, there’s some Rifle Paper Co fabric in there that I can’t resist!).
Fall in Northern Virginia is unpredictable at best – it could start cool in the morning, get to 90 by mid day and cool again in the evening. You really have to prepare for everything! As I was selecting the patterns I wanted to make, I wanted an outfit that would take you through all the crazy temperature swings of where I live as we’re moving into Fall.
The Fall Fabrics from Style Maker Fabrics were the perfect inspiration for a beautiful fall outfit. You can read all about the amazing fabrics here in the fall fabrics blog post! My favorite quote from the post was about the colors that stand out this season:
This season we are all about rich, bold colors mixed with soft neutrals that never go out of style. By far the stand out color this season is red! Brick, cherry, wine and berry—find the perfect shade for you!
I think that pretty much sums up my outfit right about perfectly! I thought that a skirt + a layering tank top + a cardigan was the perfect for those hard to dress for days of Fall.
While I admit that I am not a skirt kind of girl, the Alberta Street Pencil Skirt has always been a favorite of mine. It was the second (I think?) garment I made for myself. When I saw this floral denim I knew it just had to be a pencil skirt! I opt to leave off the pockets which makes for a super fabric efficient garment – you can make a pencil skirt out of a yard of wide fabric. I also choose to use an exposed zipper on all of my Albertas. I’m planning on doing a tutorial soon on how to sew up an easy exposed zipper – it’s my favorite zipper installation technique!
*Apparently I should have pattern matched the back of my skirt….oops!*
The floral denim is so beautiful and so comfy to wear. It has a decent amount of stretch making it the perfect fit for any number of fall skirts – the Chi Town Chino Skirt and the Moss Skirt would both be great choices as well!
The fabric that stood out the most to me in the collection was the collection of woven modal fabrics. I’ve never sewn with a modal knit, but I have only seen modal knits and never seen modal wovens. Guys, this is an amazing fabric. I am going to be purchasing more in all the different colors that Style Maker Fabrics stocks to make tank tops for the fall and winter (and spring and summer….). It has a soft suede-like texture and is a stable fabric that still gives a bit of drape that made it perfect for a tank top.
I chose to give the Gemma Tank from Made by Rae a try. As a tried and true fan of the Sew Over It Silk Cami, I wanted to give another woven tank a try – and I really liked it! The Gemma Tank has a dart (which the Silk Cami does not) and it has a full bust adjustment pattern piece as well. It’s a similar fit to the Silk Cami but with a bit more structure because of the dart and I think generally fit me better than the Silk Cami. Many more of these will be in my future. I even made my own bias tape (gasp!) because of using a white fabric. This tutorial from Made by Rae was so helpful – I used the French Method for bias tape.
The modal wovens would be so good for a variety of woven basics for your wardrobe. I am thinking of making another version of the Brunch Blouse, the Sutton Blouse and many more Gemma Tanks.
The last piece to my outfit was a cardigan to combat the cooler mornings and evenings (and freezing cold office AC!). This Cranberry Sweatshirt Fleece sounded so cozy – I just couldn’t pass it up! What is super cool about the sweatshirt fleece is it feels like a sweatshirt on the inside but on the outside it resembles a ponte knit – perfect for secret pajamas at work! I sewed up a quick Cocoon Cardigan to go over my tank to complete the outfit!
Thank you so much to Michelle at Style Maker Fabrics for including me in the tour! I can’t wait for you to see what the other incredibly talented ladies on the tour sew up! Up next is Tori from The Doing Things Blog – she’s up tomorrow and I am dying to see her final look!
*Note: All fabrics were provided to me free of charge from Style Maker Fabrics. As always, all opinions are my own.*
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