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!

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Joy Jacket

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.

Size: 4

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.

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Tabor V-Neck

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.

Size: 2

Modifications: None

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!

Style Marker Fabrics Fall 2018 Tour

Disclaimer: This post was created in partnership with Style Maker Fabrics but, as always, the thoughts expressed are my own.