I am SO excited to start this fun month-long series with you all!!! Throughout November I’ll be building a fun fall wardrobe by creating new pieces and mixing in some of my previous me-mades from this year! I love being able to put my handmade garments to use and play with the styling options. The most fun part of this whole series is that I have partnered with the an incredible sewing tool company: Clover! I’ll be showcasing various sewing tools and tricks throughout the series and of course sharing the links so you can take advantage of everything you see used! Let’s get this party started!!!!
I have a great Pinboard filled with style inspiration, fabrics and patterns that will help me complete my fall wardrobe. I’ll be sharing a play by play as I build this collection on my Instagram stories so be sure to follow along there too.
For my first make I went for one of my favorite thing to wear right now: Joggers. I love how they can transition from pjs to a super cute date night look simply with the accessories and tops you pair with them! I love how they aren’t a super baggy fit but are comfy and easy to wear. You can also dress them up or tone them down based on the fabric you choose!
The Green Joggers
I wanted to use a fabric that would transition these joggers from comfy casual to a dressy look so I chose a Telio denim shirting from Fabric.Com that was the perfect shade of olive green. I love olive green for fall! Telio fabrics are fantastic and this one had a great sheen to it that gave a slight dressy vibe.
I used the Hudson Pants pattern from True Bias. The pattern calls for stretch fabrics but this denim shirting has none. To accommodate for the lack of stretch, I simply cut between my size and the next size through the hip/seat area of the pant. I got worried it wouldn’t be enough wiggle room so I reduced the seam allowance in that area while I sewed the front and back together but I think I could have done without that extra allowance.
I shared quick videos on how I used these sewing tools on my Instagram stories and you can see the Fall Wardrobe highlight in case you missed it. Since I don’t have the swipe up feature capability (yet) I thought it would be great to link them here and give a quick recap of how they can be used! These products were gifted to me from Clover but the thoughts and opinions shared are my own.
- Clip N Glide Bodkin: This helpful tool will allow you to thread your waistband elastic into the casing with ease! I love that the bodkin is flexible and moves easily around a circular waistband casing. The clip has super strong teeth that hold the elastic tight. There’s nothing more frustrating that losing elastic in the middle of your casing!
- Thread Clippers: I have a habit of leaving all the thread tails until the end of construction. These little clippers make it super easy to just scan the garment for thread tails and snip away.
- Buttonhole Cutter: I have never tried this tool before I sewed up the Hudons and I can tell you I’ll never be going back to using a seam ripper to open the buttonholes! This cutter is sharp and creates a crisp cut line down the center of the buttonhole.
- Water Erasable Marker (Thick): I love using erasable markers to transfer pattern markings onto the fabric. This one is thick which means the markings stand out boldly but erase with a little drop of water in a snap!
The Finished Look: Joggers Two Ways
Here is the finished look! I styled the joggers for a casual day time look using my fave jean jacket and cute new sneakers! For an easy date night look, I paired my previous me-made Ogden Cami in a snazzy animal print and cozy ribbed Darcey Cardigan (see this post for more info on these makes) and block heels.