I’m super excited to be participating in Style Maker Fabric’s Fall Blog Tour. I’ve been planning to make up the Winslow Culottes by Helen of Helen’s Closet and the Tate top by Workroom Social for awhile, so I thought this would be the perfect opportunity.
It was super hard to decide which fabrics to use but in the end I went with two rayons. The Tate Top is made up in this black rayon crepe and the Winslow Culottes are sewn up in this tribal print rayon crepe.
Let’s start with the blouse first. The Tate Top is a free pattern put out by Jennifer of Workroom Social. It can be made in a tunic length or cropped length (which I sewed). View A has a more classic racerback and View B has a more angled back silhouette which I went for. I LOVE the cut of this top. I did do a full bust adjustment and raised the underarm by about 1/2″ after doing a muslin. I have plans to make this up into a dress in the spring. Just be warned that this pattern does not have any instructions included (but it is free). I think that most intermediate sewers could figure it out on their own without a problem though.
The black rayon crepe that I sewed this up in is really great. It’s thicker than a rayon challis but still thin and flowy enough for a top. Not see through at all. It does have some natural stretch to it, so keep this in mind when choosing your size.
Now for the Culottes. Helen and I decided to swap our culotte style patterns with one another and blog about them. (Check out Helen’s version of the Emersons here.) I’ve loved seeing everyone’s versions of the Winslows popping up on instagram and couldn’t wait to try them myself. I love that they give the appearance of a skirt which makes them so approachable for a new trend. I made them up in View C which is a midcalf length. I really wanted to do the full length ones, but it felt a little overwhelming on me in a busy print.
The fabric is a really fun, large scale tribal print in rich fall jewel tones. I’m loving these colors right now. The fabric is lightweight and airy, and yet still not see through. If you look closely at the photo on stylemaker fabrics you will notice that the fabric has some crinkles in it like gauze. I like the texture, but the fabric does grow with ironing so take it from me and iron it before you cut out your pattern pieces or your pieces won’t match up (ask me how I know).
I can’t wait to wear these coulottes out of the house. I think they would work well with flats and cardis too for a more everyday look.
You can continue on the blog tour tomorrow with Lindsay of Design by Lindsay here or check out the whole tour through Style Maker Fabrics here (there are 13 stops total). Thank you Style Maker Fabrics for including me on your tour. Now I just need it to cool off a bit here so it feels like fall.