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!
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).
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!
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!
Here’s the little watercolor fashion illustration I made for this outfit! Ahh, watercolor painting makes me so happy 😀
Now then! Who’s ready for some fall weather? Hot cider and wooly star sweaters and bonfires? Yes, please!