Skip to main content

Made By A Fabricista: A Holiday Mini-Capsule

Hello everyone and Happy Holidays!!

This month for my Fabricista makes, I wanted to sew something like a capsule wardrobe but just for the holidays. I took two yards of ruby red heathered sweater knit and three yards of plaid rayon shirting and turned them into the holiday mix-and-match outfit of my dreams.


I started with a sweater made with Simplicity 8982. I made view B, but added a cuff to the sleeve. This is a lovely simple sweater pattern that is great on it's own but loose enough to layer. This sweater knit is the softest, coziest fabric and I cannot recommend it highly enough. It's light weight but plenty warm enough for winter.

From the rayon shirting I made a plaid blouse from a 1968 Simplicity pattern (no. 8399). This seems to have been a fairly popular pattern at the time as it is widely available. It's a pretty basic top with a one piece collar. I like the clean lines and the easy construction of it. Also, the envelope illustrations are just delightful.


Finally I added a matching circle skirt using the free Veronika pattern from Megan Nielsen. This was probably the trickiest make of the whole bunch. Once I had sewn up the skirt, but before hemming it, I hung it for several days to let the fabric relax. After that the bias cut sides had stretched out significantly and the skirt was decidedly no longer a circle. I got out my handy skirt marker and began pinning where I wanted the new hem line. This gave me a nice, even hem parallel to the floor. From there I could trim off the excess and hem the skirt as usual.


After all of that I had plenty of the sweater knit, so I decided to go ahead and make some cozy accessories. I made the Ellie and Mac Sew It Forward socks, a cozy winter hat from French designer Ivanne. S, and a pair of Gina Rene Designs pleated fingerless gloves. These will all get warn quite a bit this winter.


There you have it! A mini-capsule for the holidays. I can wear everything for a Christmas celebration (a bit much but doable), or just wear the blouse and skirt as a faux dress, or the sweater with pants for work, or the skirt with a plain t-shirt. I can even carry these pieces into the spring and summer, just imagine the plaid top with a knot in the front and a pair of shorts!  

KRISHA  @buttercupthreads 


Unfortunately Fabric Mart Fabrics sell out quickly!
You can find similar fabrics in the following categories: SWEATER KNITS, KNITS, & SHIRTING.

Comments

  1. Happy Holidays to you and your family. You will look spectacular in your new pieces. I can see them out shopping, at a fun holiday party or Christmas concert. Love the socks! Do you have a pattern for them?

    ReplyDelete
  2. Great job! I absolutely LOVE your SOCKS, cap and gloves!!! Not a scrap getting wasted!!!

    ReplyDelete
  3. So classy! I think this is so perfect for many occasions and will never go out of style. Beautiful!

    ReplyDelete
  4. I posted on this earlier but it looks like it didn’t show up. I love your new outfit. I have never even thought to make “socks” but yours are so cute. I may have to give it a try. I love the way your shirt color peeks out of your sweater to give it a vintage look. This is a great make, thanks for sharing. Happy Holidays to you and your family.

    ReplyDelete
  5. Very nice, I love all the pieces.

    ReplyDelete
  6. I bought a ton of that shirting for traditional pajamas and once it arrived and I washed it up, I was in love with it and will be making a dress.

    I LOVE YOUR LOOK! And nice call on the accessories!

    ReplyDelete

Post a Comment

Thanks for leaving a comment! All comments are reviewed before posting to help us eliminate spam. Your comment will be posted within 24 hours.

Popular Posts You Might Like

Made By A Fabricista: Sewing for Sleeveless Summer

Summer is so close I can taste it! With hot weather on the way, I need to get my sleeveless wardrobe up to date and stocked. I love to pair a breezy tank with shorts, and nothing is easier than throwing on a simple dress and heading out the door to drop off kids at camp or cruise to the beach. When the heat is up, the easier for me to get dressed the better.  With this in mind, I chose to add more woven tanks to my closet. They are cool to wear and not clingy like a knit top can often be. I looked through the ever-growing pattern section of the site, and the dartless aspect of the Megan Nielsen Eucalypt Tank was especially appealing to me.   No darts makes this a rather quick sewing project. The color blocking instructions are great, plus a basic tank is endlessly hackable and thus incredibly useful. I sewed a quick muslin, and then cropped it several inches with a straight hem, and that version is stylish and easy to wear, so there you go! Hack one done.  I wanted to try out a couple

Made By A Fabricista: Flounces, Ruffles & Ikat-Inspired Prints-Yes Please!

Hello Sewing Friends, I am excited to share my May Fabric Mart Fabricista projects with you all. I stumbled upon two beautiful Ikat inspired printed fabrics and knew I needed to sew something for my Spring/Summer wardrobe.  The fabric with the black background is a double border print cotton sateen shirting.   The other fabric is a rayon/cotton print voile. Originally, I was considering using them together to make a garment. But when they arrived I realized they did not work well together and needed to stand alone.  I decided to make dresses using Butterick 6677, and make some modifications.  I made version A with hemline variations and love how both dresses turned out. For my first dress, I wanted a midi length dress and a ruffle hemline. So I cut out view A as well as the ruffle for vies B & C. Then, instead of creating a single layer ruffle, I folded my assembled ruffle piece in half, creating a double layered and shorter ruffle. This created the exact length I wanted. I also li

Made By A Fabricista: Peach Skin Penny Dress

Have you ever lost your sewjo, or just taken a long break from sewing after a really hard project? After spending months altering a wedding dress, I just needed a bit of a break from sewing. Alterations are not my cup of tea, so I treated myself to a well-deserved few weeks off. After my sewing hiatus, I was ready to jump back in with a new sewing pattern I hadn't made before. The Sew Over It Penny Dress has been on my "have to make" list for a long time so it seemed like the perfect pattern to help me ease back into my usual sewing routine.  After browsing the Fabric Mart website for the perfect fabric for my Penny Dress, I noticed this beautiful black, shadow blue, and off-white floral peach skin fabric. If you haven't worked with or worn peach skin fabric, you need to get some right away! It is the softest, most delightful fabric ever! It's lightweight and has a beautiful drape, but isn't see-thru! In addition to my peach skin fabric, I also ordered some el