Lately I have been crushing hard on all things oversized and modern. The cocoon silhouette is a great example, and it’s been super-popular in the sewing blogosphere as of late. I have to admit that I wasn’t completely taken with this shape when it first started popping up in my feed, but I have grown to love it. I think it can be surprisingly flattering when styled with casual, simple pieces that let the coat take center stage.
Here are a few patterns to get your gears turning:
In case you haven’t, I have a few more for you right here. But first, feast your eyes on the fabulous collection Allie has put together:
So good, right? I had intended to sew them all up for the blog tour, but alas…life happens. My two older kids are no longer going to preschool three days a week, so I’ve had very little time for sewing/blogging! I do have a few things to show you, however.
First up is the Dropje Vest which I absolutely LOVE. I modified mine slightly to have patch pockets in the front. I also did the lining in such a way that this vest would be fully reversible if I wanted. Don’t ask me how I did it though; it took a lot of head scratching and lots of seam ripping.
The gray fabric is sweatshirt fleece from Joann Fabrics. The lining is black thermal knit that I purchased in the LA fashion district. The patch pockets are Pendleton scraps given to me by a friend.
I love the look of this vest so much, I already have another one just like it (but a different color/Pendleton print) cut out and ready-to-be-sewn.
The hood design is quite unique, and the fit is superb. I made a size 6 based on my measurements.
Oh and the jeans are the soon-to-be-released Birkin Flares!!! (shameless plug)
Don’t you love the threads on my jeans? Ahhhh, the plight of a sewing blogger.
Next up is the Bethioua top by Elle Puls which I have worn several times this week including one night to bed when our furnace was broken.
I love the detail in the back and the batwing sleeves. It gives a little something different than other raglan sweatshirt patterns out there, and it looks feminine with its shaping at the waist.
I made a size 6 so it would be oversized, but I probably would have been fine with a 4 which was suggested by my measurements. I also started with the relaxed cuffs but ended up cutting them off and narrowing them a bit since they were tooooooo relaxed for my taste.
Finally, we have a pattern of my own design – the Syrah skirt! I actually made this one last year and pulled it out just for this post. My original intention was to dye it black (as it has become faded), but I didn’t have time. So, it has a bit of a worn-in look.
It looks great as shown here with a basic tee (the Union St. Tee – not in this collection but also available on Indiesew) or any of the tops included in the 2016 Winter Collection. The pattern includes a short lining as it’s written, but I could totally see making the lining full-length to make this a warmer, more winter-appropriate garment.
I recently had the pleasure of being invited to the “Wear to Where?” blog tour put on by the lovely Katy of Wild and Wanderful and Angelica of Gardening in High Heels. The series features fashion and sewing bloggers from around the web showing what they’d make and wear in various situations. As you can see, my chosen situation was workout wear. So naturally, I went to the crowded climbing gym on a Saturday morning to have my husband take these embarrassing photos!
The top is a perfect fit. The only thing I’d change is to maybe add some padding in the sports bra portion for some extra support and coverage. Ahem, it doesn’t offer very much as you can probably tell in the bottom photo.
The leggings are a tad bit tight and low-rise for my taste. Next time, I will probably go up one size and add some height in the back. I have to admit that I was worried they were being stretched to a scary point while doing some of these climbing moves! Fortunately, there were no mishaps.
I was very pleased with the fit in the legs and crotch. If you’ve sewn leggings before, you know these areas can be tricky fitting-wise.
Be sure to head over to Wild+Wanderful or Gardening in High Heels to check out the other brilliant bloggers, sewists and stylistas on the tour, as well as be able to link up your own looks and show us what you would Wear to Where!
Now let’s talk giveaway prizes for this tour!!
For the sewists: Choice of 3 patterns from Cole’s Creations, Choice of 3 patterns from Made for Mermaids, Pattern of choice from Patterns for Pirates, Pattern of choice from Scientific Seamstress, Sewing-tee of choice from Sewing Stadium, Pattern of choice from Simple Life Pattern Co, Pattern of choice from StitchArt
For the Fashionistas: Set of 6 cards from Designs by Nicolina, 30 minute Social Media/Copy Consult by Gardening in High Heels, Tee of choice from Handmade Escapade, $20 Store Credit from Jenny Penny Designs, Tumbler from Joy+Tren