Fall is just around the corner! Or if you live in Colorado, we apparently skipped fall altogether and went straight to winter. Seriously, Mother Nature?! Snow already?! Seems a bit early, if you ask me.
Anyways, I’m so excited that I just added 3 new handmade items to my wardrobe for fall with the Indiesew Fall Collection! The Indiesew Fall Collection is a curated bundle of PDF patterns that can be mixed and matched. The collection includes the Lane Raglan, Hudson Pant, Commuter Cowl, Natalie Top, Sew Simple Leggings, and the Alice Book Bag.
As part of this blog hop, I sewed up the Sew Simple Leggings, Lane Raglan, and Commuter Cowl to make a new outfit. Actually, I should say I “serged up” these patterns since I made them all completely on my serger. Mostly because I haven’t finished unpacking my sewing room (read: everything has been dumped out of boxes into various piles across the floor) and my serger was the only machine set up.
Moving into a new house and taking a 4 day trip to New York last week really put me behind on my sewing projects, so I’m glad each of these were quick sews. I assembled the PDF patterns and cut my fabric on Tuesday night, sewed the leggings and raglan tee on Wednesday night, and sewed the commuter cowl right before taking pictures Thursday night. It was really cold and drizzly during these pictures, but I think that was actually a good thing because no one else was out walking. It spared me from having to do any awkward explaining to the new neighbors of why Andy was taking pictures of me looking at the ground.
I’ve been obsessed with the trend of oversized floral leggings for a while, so when I saw the Sew Simple Leggings pattern was in the collection, I immediately purchased a couple yards of the Red Pink Floral on Deep Blue Ponte De Roma Knit Fabric from Girl Charlee for it. This pattern is great for beginners since it’s one pattern piece and 3 seams. Also, Deby from So Sew Easy has multiple videos to demonstrate how to take your own measurements and how to sew these leggings.
I love that the Sew Simple Leggings pattern was drafted using the measurements from real women and not “standard sizing”. Typically my measurements span like 3 sizes, so I was so happy to find that my measurements were pretty darn close to the size 1. However, I did make a couple sizing modifications. I graded down the ankles by 1 inch, shorted the length by 2 inches, and lowered the rise by 3 inches. I apparently didn’t account for my behind being as big as it is (thanks, running) because the back rise ended up being too low and the front rise was still a bit high. To fix my mistake, I lowered the front by another couple inches and then added the elastic in an encased band to add an extra inch of rise all around. I was pleasantly surprised that my little waist band hack worked as well as it did!
For the Lane Raglan, I wanted to add a good basic to my closet, so I sewed this top in the Matte White Solid Cotton Jersey Blend Knit Fabric from Girl Charlee. I think this pattern is really beginner friendly since the raglan style doesn’t require setting in sleeves and the instructions are clear. I’ve only ever attached neckbands in the round before, so learning how to attach it flat was fun. However, I think I need more practice to get a better ‘feel’ for it as my neckband doesn’t lie completely flat.
I cut a size small and I made just a couple modifications to the top. I graded down the sleeves since I have shrimpy arms and I also shortened the sleeves to be 3/4 length. Overall, I’m happy with this top and plan on making another!
The Commuter Cowl pattern has options for two sizes. I picked Option A, the smaller size, since I didn’t want my cowl to be too bulky. However, since I used such a drapey fabric, I think the bigger size would have been really nice too. For my fabric, I used a weird mystery knit from the deep reaches of my stash.
I really liked the unique construction of this cowl. It kind of reminded me of when I sewed my first lined bag and everything was all inside out and I had no idea of how it was really going to come together. But, I followed Shannon’s clear instructions and ended up with a cowl that looked just like the pictures!
Disclaimer: The 3 patterns in this post were provided to me free of charge for participating in the Indiesew Fall Collection Blog Tour but, as always, the thoughts expressed in this post are my own.