Sweaters & Skinnies for Fall!

Ok, I’ll admit – when I first started working on this outfit, the air was a LOT more fall-like than it currently is at the moment. Stupid fickle season, ha!

Jamie Jeans + SJ Sweater Made with Mood Fabrics

Anyway, I’m totally a trooper so I’m modeling this outfit for y’all nonetheless (photos taken early morning before the temperatures got too high, because, woof.). My first real cold-weather makes – like I said, it’s a little early in the season here, but I like to get a head start so I can actually start wearing this stuff when the weather cools down 🙂

When I was in NYC last month, I spent quite a bit of time on the 3rd floor at Mood Fabrics – I was so excited to finally have a reason to shop the amazing wool selection and bring some of it home! Prior to this, I’d only been to Mood Fabrics during the spring- and I don’t know about y’all, but after a winter of snuggling up, the last thing I want to shop for is more wool! All bright cottons and summer silks for me, please! So my stash has been severely lacking a good dose of winter-weight fabrics. I’m happy to say I came home with exactly what I was looking for – as well as some fun surprises that weren’t on my list (but jumped into my bag nonetheless).

Jamie Jeans + SJ Sweater Made with Mood Fabrics

Jamie Jeans + SJ Sweater Made with Mood Fabrics

The first piece I grabbed at Mood Fabrics – and this is my CROWNING GLORY PRIDE AND JOY right here – is this amazing wool sweater knit. Go on, look at it, and imagine how soft it must be (psst – it’s softer than that. Yep.). This particular sweater knit is only available at the Mood store in NYC, fyi, but take a look at the sweater knits available online if you feel so inclined 🙂 At $25 a yard, this stuff was definitely not on the cheap side – but for a sweater, it’s not like you need a lot of yardage! I grabbed a yard and a half of the squishy goodness, and used the SJ Tee pattern for my ultimate sweater.

As someone who knits all her sweaters, I can absolutely appreciate being able to sew them! SO much faster! I constructed this almost entirely on my serger, using my sewing machine + a twin needle for all the topstitching at the raglan lines and neck band, as well as the hem. The rib knit is something I’ve had in my stash for forever- I have no idea where it came from. End result: a sweater in less than 2 hours! And it’s so cozy and wooly and warm (and, in case you were wondering – NOT itchy!) – and those little stars! Ahh, I love it!

Jamie Jeans + SJ Sweater Made with Mood Fabrics

Jamie Jeans + SJ Sweater Made with Mood Fabrics

I used a great black stretch twill (also picked up at Mood Fabrics NYC – but again, check out all the great twill options available online!) and made myself up a pair of black skinnies, using the Jamie Jeans as my pattern. This twill was fabulous to work with, by the way – it’s very dense with a very heavy stretch, but it’s not prone to bagging out like some stretch fabrics (the verdict is still out on whether these will bag over the course of the day – thanks to the heat wave here, I haven’t had a chance to wear them yet to report. However, I tried them on dozens of times during the in-progress fitting, and they snapped back into shape each time so *hopefully* that’ll work the same for a day of wear). It’s thick enough to feel substantial for good, non-leggings coverage – but thin enough so you don’t feel super stiff and restricted. You don’t need a heavy denim needle to sew it – a standard 80/12 is fine. I love it!

A couple modifications I made – I used stretch knit to interface the waistband (to give it some stability while still retaining that delicious stretch) and added lots of topstitching (just used my normal polyester Gutterman thread, nothing fancy here!). The metal jean zip and fancy button are from my stash.

The only drawback to this twill is that it attracts cat hair like a dang magnet! Bummer! Well, actually, I don’t care much about the cat hair – when you have a cat, it’s kind of a way of life 🙂 But definitely something to keep in mind if you want to sew black stretch twill and hate cats. Better keep a lint roller handy 🙂 On the flip side, these aren’t nearly as hairy in real life as they are in photos, but you’ll have to take my word on that one!

Oh, and just for fun:
Jamie Jeans + SJ Sweater Made with Mood Fabrics

Here’s the little watercolor fashion illustration I made for this outfit! Ahh, watercolor painting makes me so happy 😀

Jamie Jeans + SJ Sweater Made with Mood Fabrics

Now then! Who’s ready for some fall weather? Hot cider and wooly star sweaters and bonfires? Yes, please!

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  • Cennetta Burwell
    September 22, 2014

    Excellent! You are to great start on your fall wardrobe. I’d like a piece of that comfy sweater knit. I haven’t been to the Mood store yet. But I can imagine the fun and excite of shopping. Love your outfit and am looking forward to seeing your next creation.

  • Lladybird
    September 22, 2014

    Ooh, Cennetta, next time I go to NYC, you should come with me! We can go to Mood together and geek out over all the gorgeous wools 🙂

  • Sallie
    September 22, 2014

    Wow!! Great pieces!! Those black skinnies look amazing! I love all the topstitching. And that comfy sweater looks just yummy! Perfect outfit for if/when the weather decides to cool down (no sign of that happening any time soon in these parts either!)

    • Lladybird
      September 22, 2014

      Thanks, Sallie! Your skinnies always make me so jealous, it was about time I made a pair of my own 🙂

  • devra
    September 22, 2014

    AHHH WE ARE SO GOING TO BE TWINSIES! i love this outfit. xoxox

    • Lladybird
      September 22, 2014

      YAY! Cannot wait! 😀

  • Lola
    September 22, 2014

    BEEN WAITING FOR THIS ALL WEEKENDDDD… yassss!! im so jealous of your star wool. I went back afterwards to get some and they were all out, so bummer for me.. I’m definitely going to try sewing up the jeans. Did you make any noticeable adjustments on them or was it straight up (now tell me do you really wanna love me forever) Paula Abdul sewing?

    • Lladybird
      September 22, 2014

      Whoop! Well, I aim to deliver! 😀 So bummer to hear that they are out of that star wool – I wish I’d bought more! Argh! As far as the jeans, I did have quite a lot of adjustments (and there are more that need to be done, argh). I’ll have a full round-up of the adjustments and fitting on my personal blog, probably up either tomorrow or Wednesday 🙂

  • Kelly
    September 22, 2014

    That sweater knit looks sooo cozy! I want some!

    • Lladybird
      September 22, 2014

      I WISH I’D BOUGHT THE ENTIRE BOLT!

  • Lori
    September 22, 2014

    Okay, that fabulous sweater knit makes me want to shop Mood NYC even more than I did before. I love the jeans, too, perfect look and fit. Bring on fall, right?

    • Lladybird
      September 26, 2014

      Lori, I think we need to plan a NYC field trip!

  • Fiona
    September 23, 2014

    Those Jamie Jeans fit you so well! I’ve had a muslin cut out and waiting to be sewn for ages but have been kind of scared as they are my first pair of trousers… Yours are the first pair I’ve seen that have given me a real kick to get them started! That sweater looks so snuggly, it’s getting to that kind of chilly time here at the moment so you’re going to need it in November!

    • Lladybird
      September 26, 2014

      Don’t be scared! Pants aren’t that hard – and a muslin is the best way to figure your fitting adjustments before cutting into your lovely fabric. Bring it on our tourist field day in London and I’ll help you assess 😛 haha!

  • Sarah Gunn
    September 23, 2014

    Hey talented girl……… knitting, sewing and now painting? I love them all…… especially the pants 🙂 !!

    • Lladybird
      September 26, 2014

      Oh yes, I am a jack (jane?) of many trades hahah 🙂 Thank you!

  • Peter
    September 24, 2014

    Both garments look terrific. I am in awe of your fashion illustration skills!

  • Sew Busy Lizzy
    September 28, 2014

    Wow the fit of those jeans is beyond fabulous! I love that the fabric doesn’t stretch out… might have to try some of that myself…

  • Bahesty
    September 28, 2014

    A good blog always comes-up with new and exciting information and while reading I have feel that this blog is really have all those quality that qualify a blog to be a good one. I learn a lot from it. I wanna appreciate you for this great effort.

  • Sew Well
    October 1, 2014

    Your watercolor is just stunning. Your garments are stunning as well, but we all know that by now. But, your watercolors still blow me away. Keep them coming!

  • Kathleen
    October 1, 2014

    I love both your pieces. Comfort and chic, a winning combo. I just got the SJ Tee… do tell, did you raise the neckline any?
    Kathleen