As you might know I'm currently sewing up a bunch of clothes for my wardrobe. Specifically my winter wardrobe. That's why I agreed to be apart of the Indiesew Winter Collection. This collection is perfect for the winter, but the patterns are also really versatile for anytime of year (or hemisphere). It has five great sewing patterns from five awesome indie designers. If you purchase the Winter Collection now you can save 15%!
First up is the Out and About Dress. This pattern is a cozy, knit dress perfect for cold days. There is an option for two skirt lengths and two sleeve lengths. It's a great dress to customize.
I chose to do half sleeves and a full-length skirt. I added length to the bodice and length to the skirt. I took out some of the gathers in the skirt but added flare. I don't like a whole lot of gathers right at my waist, but I do love full skirts. To cinch in the waist really well I added elastic to the waist. I also added a snap placket up the front bodice so that it's nursing friendly. The dress is easy, comfortable, and forgiving, and I can see it carrying me through most of a pregnancy and post-baby. I used a really soft jersey in a gorgeous turquoise.
I also made a Leather Accent Pouch and the small bonus bag that the pattern gives measurements for. This clutch is a fold-over style pouch with a zipper and leather accents. It's quick and easy, but looks sophisticated. It would be easy to make a bunch for Christmas gifts! I used my triangle fabric leftover from my pencil skirt and some faux leather. I added a strap on the back, and it's the perfect size.
I styled the dress with a teal and gold belt, a printed scarf, my corduroy blazer and some ankle boots. It keeps me warm, comfortable, but stylish. I really love this dress and it's simplicity. I can see it styled for every single season!
I also made the Union St Tee. This is the perfect basic tee. It has the option for a scoop or v-neck, and four sleeve options. It's very flattering since it slightly flares out. You can make it fitted or loose. I made the tee using a great polka dot fabric. I made my fitted through the sleeves and upper bust and left the flare at the bottom. This is a great tee pattern and much better than my drafted tee pattern. I wanted to make something cool with the tee, but I really need basic long sleeve tees. I'm planning on making a few more! I styled it with an easy crocheted scarf, a fair isle vest, thrifted and altered pink jeans, and black boots.
I'm holding the smaller bag made from the measurements in the Leather Accent Pouch. It's also made from leftover fabric from a pencil skirt. I used white faux leather and made a great leather tassle for the zipper pull. This might be my new makeup bag. It's the perfect small size.
The shape of the shirt is great for half-tucking or leaving loose.
What are you favorite patterns to use for winter? Is your wardrobe ready for the cold days ahead?