Are you ready for the transition into cooler weather? I have been inspired by the ladies who have presented so far, and even more great bloggers are lined up for next week.
Stylish Fabric sponsored this blog tour and after a lot of deliberation I ordered the Seafoam Light French Terry fabric for my look. This fabric has just a touch of spandex involved and drapes so nicely. There are many other colors of this lovely fabric and I'm pretty sure I will be going back for more. It is so, so comfortable.
Once we transition into fall, I take on many different roles and I want clothes as versatile as the places I need to wear them. With this in mind, I first started in on a knit blazer once my package from Stylish Fabric arrived. What I really wanted was a SECRET SWEATSHIRT to wear from summer to fall. Something as comfortable as my favorite hoodie but would still help me look more put-together. But I should have know better--this stretchy french terry fabric is meant to be loose and flowy, fantastic as a dress or skirt. Not as a knit blazer that requires some structure. It is good quality fabric, not the cheap french terry that can be as stiff as cardboard.
My sweet husband tried to encourage me after this sewing fail with the quote of the day:
"Hey, you took something you totally messed up and made it into something wearable! That's where your real talent lies!"
Yep, that's my story and I'm going to run with it. After some knit blazer deconstruction and creative piecing of fabric, I got back to work and ended up with a princess-seamed Greenstyle Creations Laurel tunic. I love the versatility of this tunic--I can wear it to kid soccer games with some woven joggers, to lunch with a friend while wearing jeans, and even to more formal occasions like church or a job interview paired with a pencil skirt.
And speaking of going back to work, I plan to dive back into the workforce as a pediatric occupational therapist this fall after 7 years of being a stay-at-home mom. I was looking for an addition to my wardrobe that would help me feel confident during job interviews and complement my new tunic. I picked out some proper blazer fabric this time (a beautiful iridescent navy stretch denim from a local fabric store) and made the Giverney blazer from Winter Wear Designs.
The pattern calls for a Hong Kong finish on all seams (i.e., enclosing the seams in bias tape), but I opted to fully line the blazer instead with a lightweight broadcloth. I felt like a bit of a rock star as I even managed a bagged lining, with a few glances at the sewing tutorial for the Little Gentleman Suit Jacket from Peekaboo Pattern Shop to remind me of the technique.
What began as a sad tale of a knit blazer that never came to fruition ends with two garments that are a welcome addition to my fall capsule wardrobe.
There is a gigantic giveaway as part of this blog tour and the details to enter can be found HERE. The grand prize is a new sewing machine!
Catch up on the other sewing adventures from the entire blog tour using these links:
*Stylish Fabric generously provided me with 2 yards of fabric for this blog tour, but all opinions are my own. The french terry with spandex really is that awesome.*