I apparently only sew when Style Maker Fabrics is doing their bi-annual sewing tour (the Harmony Top I made for the spring tour is still my most worn item to date). So, I’m super glad Michelle is hosting this fall tour because it finally gave me a reason to prioritize sewing and I ended up with two great fall staples – the Chalk and Notch Joy Jacket and the Sew House Seven Tabor V-Neck!
Pattern: Chalk and Notch Joy Jacket in View B
Fabric: Tencel Twill in Hunter (main), Dalmatian Rayon Challis (lining) from Style Maker Fabrics
I hadn’t sewn with tencel twill before (although there is quite a bit of yardage in my stash because I have a fabric hoarding prob), and it might be my new favorite. It’s so soft and drapey yet stable and easy to press and sew! Michelle has a 11 different colors of tencel twill in stock right now!
I’ve always been a sucker for a fun lining and, since I recently got a puppy (well, now he’s 7 months old and huge), this dalmatian fabric was an easy pick. I have enough fabric left over that I think I might make some pj shorts out of it.
Modifications: I accidentally cut the back pattern piece as two pieces instead of one, so I added in some matching piping to make less of a mistake a more of a design feature. 😉 I also omitted the hood lining and finished the hood seams with some bias tape I had in my stash.
Thoughts: I love this jacket! The design and fabrics are amazing and make this jacket look store bought. Plus, this project brought a lot of firsts for me; First time bagging a lining (it was weird yet amazing… if you’ve ever bagged a lining, you know what I mean), first time installing grommets (easy peasy), first time sewing with tencel twill (a dream), first time going super rogue and figuring out how to finish the hood without a lining (beastly, but manageable). All in, this jacket took quite a bit of work (hello 1 billion pattern pieces and 2 spools of thread) but it was so worth it… I’d do it again in a heartbeat.
Gabriela also has a super great Joy Jacket sew-along here.
Next Time: I’d follow the instructions more closely. 😉 Me and my seam ripper spent a lot of quality time together on this one.
Pattern: Sew House Seven Tabor V-Neck in View 4
Fabric: Narrow Rib Sweater Knit in Winter White from Style Maker Fabrics
This rib knit fabric is absolutely amazing! It’s basically like wearing a soft cloud. The drape is fluid and everything you’d want in a cozy sweater! Michelle also has this fabric in a really pretty navy colorway too.
Thoughts: I’ve been seeing the Tabor V-Neck all over insta lately and I’m so glad I picked up this pattern. There are five different views and I sewed the wide v-neck and long sleeves version. I think my favorite part is the high side slits with mitered corners.
This pattern came together super easy. Which, since I hadn’t sewn in a while, was a nice way to ease back in. 😉
Next Time: I’d love to try some of the other views! I’m thinking View 1 or View 3 next.
Michelle, thank you SO MUCH for including me on the Style Maker Fabrics Fall Tour and giving me a reason to finally make time to sew.
Make sure to check out all the other amazing folks on the tour HERE and see what they made!
Disclaimer: This post was created in partnership with Style Maker Fabrics but, as always, the thoughts expressed are my own.