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!