Indiesew Winter Collection 2016

Good morning, everyone! And if you’re new to this little spot on the web, welcome! Have you seen the Indiesew Winter Collection 2016?  It’s a fantastic collection of curated patterns for the winter weather. I was lucky enough to have one of my patterns included, “Rosaline”. It’s extremely awesome to be included in the collection with 4 other very talented designers.

I decided to sew up everyone’s pattern (including my own) for the blog tour because I thought each piece would be a wonderful addition to my wardrobe. Plus, I love a challenge, and love to sew, and can one really ever have too many clothes!?
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For my first look I decided on making the below-knee length version of the “Syrah Skirt”  from Baste + Gather with a “Rosaline”. For the skirt I went with a size 14 and the flat waistband. I used a mystery knit I found at one of my local fabric shops and lined it with black swimsuit lining. I love, love, love it! If you haven’t sewn up a pattern from Baste + Gather, I would highly suggest trying it out. The instructions and illustrations are really clear. I am going to need to make a maxi length next.

For the “Rosaline”, I went with a size Large, 3/4 length sleeve with the cuff. I used a navy lightweight sweater knit. It is really soft and cozy and I love how well the skirt and shirt go together. I plan on adding tights and a chunky sweater once the weather gets even colder.

Next up, I sewed up the Bethioua Raglan by Elle Puls:

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I chose a speckled sweater knit that worked out pretty well for this. The neckline turned out a little wonky because there wasn’t enough stretch in the knit. Totally not the patterns fault, just me going rogue with a random sweater knit. I made a size 44 and found the pattern to be really easy to follow along and a really quick sew. I plan on making another one with sweatshirt fleece or french terry and the only adjustment I plan on making is lengthen the sleeves. I think that I have crazy long arms since it is a common adjustment to I need to make. It’s a great pattern and fantastic layering piece for the winter.

The next one I sewed up was the Mila shirt from Itch to Stitch. Seriously, an awesome pattern with lots of professional details included.

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I choose to sew a size 12 with the C cup (that’s one of my favorite parts of the pattern is that you can choose the bust size!).  I went with a navy rayon challis (I am trying to break my only-buy-black fabric so I switched up to navy) and I used some buttons that were from my grandmother’s button collection which makes this shirt even more special to me. It was really hard to photograph the navy, I should have known better, live and learn. The instructions are really clear and I love the finished look especially the hem. This is a great departure from my regular style and I plan on wearing it quite a lot through the holiday season.

For the final piece, I sewed up the Dropje Vest from Waffle Patterns:

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I used a lightweight plaid wool for mine and you can’t tell in the photos but it has metallic gold running through the black. For this one I sewed up a straight size 46 and if I had to do it again I would grade out the hips to the next size since I have some super curvy hips! I absolutely adored sewing this pattern up! It was a fun sew and I used my new adjustable bias binder presser foot to finish all the exposed seams with bias binding. (You can see the binding in the photo below.) This garment is going to get a ton of wear I can already tell!

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Thanks for stopping by to check out my takes on these amazing designers patterns! This is a great collection of patterns that would add to anyone’s handmade wardrobe. They are all filled with professional details, fantastic instructions, and clear illustrations, you can find the full and mini Winter Collection 2016 here.

Check out the rest of the designer and there takes on the collection on the rest of the blog tour:

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Tuesday, November 17th: Yuki | Waffle Patterns
Wednesday, November 18th: Elke | Elle Puls
Thursday, November 19th: Kaysie | KZJO’STUDIO
Friday, November 20th: Lauren | Baste + Gather
Saturday, November 21st: Kennis | Itch to Stitch

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