Sew Long Summer Blog Tour

Saying goodbye to the summer is always bittersweet. For us, summer usually means swimming nearly every day and making our annual trek West to visit family for a month. Summer means days full of play and full of family and friends. It’s hard to leave summer behind, but there are so many things I love about the fall! I love the cooler weather and changing leaves. I love the tastes and smells of autumn. (Hello pumpkin bread and pie and pancakes and muffins and ice cream. Let’s be honest, I love all things pumpkin!) Living in the South, it’s still quite warm here, but I’ve got autumn on my mind and it’s just around the corner. And you know what the best part of the changing of seasons is? Sewing new clothes! Needless to say, I’m excited to be participating in the Sew Long Summer blog tour today hosted by Mahlica Designs as I say hello to sewing some new fall wardrobe staples.

When I think about sewing for the fall, I think about sewing transitional pieces. The weather can be so variable, so it’s nice to have things for layering. To me the ultimate transitional, layering piece of clothing you can have is a great cardigan! Enter the Cocoon Cardigan by Patterns for Pirates. After making the girl’s version of this pattern for my twins (Butterfly Cardigan) I knew I had to try the women’s version for me. It is so comfortable and a surprisingly easy sew. I love the slouchy dolman sleeves, and if you haven’t heard by now, I’ve got an obsession with pockets so I was thrilled with the pocket option. The pattern actually has instructions for creating inseam pockets or patch pockets. I chose to go with the patch pocket but now that just means I need to make another one and try out the inseam pockets as well! This lovely eggplant double brushed poly fabric came from my go to source, Purple Seamstress. I made my girls a couple of shirts with this fabric first and was immediately jealous since I love purple. Fortunately, I had enough leftover to make this cardi.

For a cardigan to be considered truly useful to me, it must pass the test for dressing up or dressing down. First, I tested it out with a pleated Sybil Skirt by Love Notions and some heels. It made a great dressy, yet comfy outfit. Next, I paired it with some Peglegs by Patterns for Pirates and slippers. It was the perfect lounge around the house outfit. When I saw this vintage sewing machine fabric from So Sew English, I knew immediately it would make the perfect leggings and snatched that fabric up as quickly as I could. I’ve previously been in the “leggings are not pants” camp, but after wearing the most comfortable pair of leggings in the world, it’s hard to not change my stance. You may even spot me at the grocery store in this outfit. (Minus the slippers.) And did I mention the Pegleg pattern is FREE!!! Go get that pattern now and join the leggings club! You’ll not regret it.

Don’t forget to follow the other bloggers on tour this week for more inspiration as you say Sew Long Summer!

Monday’s Bloggers:
Monday: Sewing by Ti, Sewing Vortex, Sewing A La Carte, Very Blissful

Tuesday’s Bloggers:
Tuesday: mahlicadesigns, My Heart Will So On, Couturious, Anne-Mari Sews, Adventures With Bubba and Bug

Wednesday’s Bloggers:
Wednesday: Tenilles Thread, Sewing with D, mahlicadesigns

Thursday’s Bloggers:
Thursday: Indulging Mom, MeMade, Anne-Mari Sews

Friday’s Bloggers:
Friday: Little Heart Threads, Idlesunshine, Ronda B. Handmade, Tales of a Tester, Sewing à la Carte, Tales From A Southern Mom, Sew Haute Blog


  1. Sonja

    September 13, 2017 at 1:07 am

    Cardigans are always great to make and wear during all seasons. Your cardigan looks beautiful and it works with lots of your clothes.

  2. Laurel

    September 14, 2017 at 1:32 pm

    Thanks Sonja. I love a versatile cardigan that I can wear with so many different outfits!

  3. Melissa E of mahlicadesigns

    September 14, 2017 at 5:46 pm

    This cardigan pattern must be really great, since I’m seeing it all over. Almost anything in purple is going to be great in my eyes.
    Thanks for sharing your fall makes with us.
    (I’m team leggingsarenotpants)

    1. Laurel

      September 16, 2017 at 3:13 pm

      You’ve got to try it Melissa; it is great! Thanks for hosting a fun tour!

  4. Ronda Bowen

    September 15, 2017 at 11:26 am

    LOVE the skirt. The cardigan is a great addition to your wardrobe 🙂 YAY!

    1. Laurel

      September 16, 2017 at 3:14 pm

      Thank you! I haven’t done a lot of pleats so I was really happy with how they turned out on this skirt!

  5. Essence B Underwood

    September 16, 2017 at 7:55 am

    Cardigans are everything! I think leggings are totally pants! And yours look awesome!

    1. Laurel

      September 16, 2017 at 3:15 pm

      Thank you. I’m so glad I’ve joined the leggings are pants club 🙂

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