Late Summer Separates

Mood Fabrics Polka Dot Rayon Challis & Linen Knit

Hello everyone! Happy Autumn! Here in Texas it still feels very much like summer, except that the days are getting just a smidgen shorter.  Thus, why I’m titling this post “Late Summer Separates” rather than “Autumn Separates”.

Mood Fabrics Polka Dot Rayon Challis & Linen Knit

This month I’ve been all about easy, casual separates that pair well with the rest of my wardrobe and can be easily transitioned into cooler weather with a sweater and boots.  Possibly not the most exciting of makes, but they are the kind of thing I love adding to my closet as I get a ton of mileage out of them.

Mood Fabrics Polka Dot Rayon Challis & Linen Knit
Mood Fabrics Polka Dot Rayon Challis & Linen Knit

Up first was — yet another — Penny Raglan tee from Grainline Studios in Mood’s Cement Linen Knit. I am such a fan of this fabric and pattern combo.  I think I’ve made a total of 4 Penny Ragaln tees in various colors of linen knit this past summer. And they get worn in quick rotation.  They have been the perfect thing for our sweltering summers, and I love how they pair with different silhouettes on the bottom – from long and leggy in a pair of cut-off jean shorts, to tailored in a pair of skinny trousers, to volume on volume, like with the full skirt worn here.  There’s really nothing I can’t wear these tops with! Plus, they go from cut to finished in about an hour and a half… can’t beat that!

Mood Fabrics Polka Dot Rayon Challis & Linen Knit
Mood Fabrics Polka Dot Rayon Challis & Linen Knit

The skirt is the bottom half of the Sewaholic Lonsdale (so basically the Hollyburn…?) made in this classic Navy Polka Dotted Rayon Challis.  Rayon challis and classic navy and white polka dots are just too good for me to pass up! I absolutely love wearing rayon challis.  Like the linen knit, it is light, airly and breathable in my hot and humid climate, but it will also work well as a transitional piece.  I’ve really been into the length of this skirt — that’s why I decided to use the Lonsdale pattern again.  It’s not quite maxi, not quite midi.  I ‘ve been calling it tea-length.  It’s a proportion that some might find hard to pull off, but I think it feels feminine and I love that it works with both flats and heels.

I kept construction very straight forward, serging my seams and using an invisible zipper to close at center back.  I did add interfacing to the pocket openings and the zipper opening – something I do no matter what as I feel that it keeps those areas feeling crisp and supported.

Mood Fabrics Polka Dot Rayon Challis & Linen Knit

This is definitely the kind of outfit that you would be very likely to see me in were you to stop in on me at work on any random day of the week.  It’s practical, casual, comfortable and yet put-together in a very easy breezy way.

Mood Fabrics Polka Dot Rayon Challis & Linen Knit

And in case you’re wondering who my furry friend is, this is our new 2 month old Catahoula puppy, Molly.  You may think she’s just an adorable prop in these photos, but the reality is that I couldn’t leave her alone in the house while I went to take blog photos, so she had to come along, and she was not happy about it.  I don’t know what’s so unappealing about walking back and forth between a camera and a mosquito infested thicket of palms (sarcasm) but Miss Molly was not having it!

Do you have any go-to fabrics or patterns that you turn to when you need to do some practical sewing? What’s your favorite work-wear look?

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  • PsychicSewerKathleen
    September 29, 2016

    I love your outfit – I haven’t tried Rayon Challis but I do love poka dots! I’m sorry that’s knit Tee is only available in PDF! It’s a great idea though to make a large loose Tee that you can layer with other tops when the weather cools (as it has here in Canada!) 🙂

  • Lori
    September 29, 2016

    Beautiful outfit, I just ordered that polka dot on Monday!

  • Stephanie Laakson
    September 30, 2016

    Love your combo! I work from home, sewing custom clothing and alterations. Wearing lots of leggings with tunics these days after 36 years in a credit union. Fabulous change! The rayon knits tend to draw my eye.

  • Fiona
    October 11, 2016

    Ooo you’ve picked two lovely fabrics to work with this month, possibly two of my favourite types! What an outfit