It’s been a long road since February 7 when I joined #TheGreatModuleSewalong challenge on Instagram. In fact, the world has changed completely. We now all know about “social distancing” (I’m on Day 11) on account of a terrible virus spreading around the world. My thoughts are constantly on people affected and their families.
This Instagram challenge is special to me because it has kept me busy and my mind working on solving a creative problem, rather than on things I can’t control. A big thanks again to Whitney from TomKat Stitchery and Carla from Stay Stitching for hosting it and for all their encouragement throughout.
Patterns & Fabrics
- Mountain View Pull-on Jeans by Itch To Stitch. Fabric is an indigo stretch denim from Califabrics.com
- Erin Skirt by Sew Over It. Fabric is black denim from Joann Fabrics. More about making the skirt is here.
- Morris Blazer by Grainline Studio. Fabric is pink stretch velvet from Joann Fabrics. More about making the blazer is here.
- Molly Top by Sew Over It. Fabric is a breton stripe rayon-spandex from Fabric.com.
- Lark Tee by Grainline Studio. Fabric is navy t-shirt ribbing from SewingStudio.com.
- Aurora Tank by Seamwork. Fabric is a rayon-spandex bird print from Joann Fabrics.
If you read my plans for The Great Module Sewalong, you’ll notice that this final module is not much like what I had planned. What changed? As I was searching for inspiration, I ran across the Sew Over It eBook, My Capsule Wardrobe: City Break. I purchased it and was so inspired by Lisa Comfort’s gorgeous styling and pattens. I started working on the Erin skirt from the book immediately.
I ordered fabric for this look above at the same time. I was going to make the Mia jeans in the book, but this YouTube video from Myra Lorraine swayed me to the Mountain View pull-on jeans. I wanted to do jeans with training wheels and these definitely fit the bill (more to come soon on these).
I snuck one fun detail into my module. I love it because it could only be in a handmade module. My Aurora tank has leftover fabric from the blazer as the back yoke!
I loaded my completed module into my Stylebook app. This app lets you really nerd out with your wardrobe and plan a whole month of outfits on a calendar in advance.
Obligatory Clueless reference …
My husband had fun with my module-making too. He used some of my scraps and serger tests to create a muerto. Wait a minute … Is this supposed to be me?
In addition to Lisa’s book, the Design Your Wardrobe PDF workbook from Seamwork helped a lot. They suggested that a module would include 2-3 neutrals such as black, white, beige and grey; 1-3 basics such as jewel tones: navy, burgandy and hunter green; 1-3 statement colors such as tomato red, sunny yellow and cobalt blue. On this advice, I decided my module would have black and cream (neutrals), and navy and dusty pink (jewel tones). In place of the statement color, I used a statement fabric: velvet. I also threw in one bird print and one stripe for added interest.
With a few additions from my wardrobe of beige, gray and a magenta statement color, I could have a 10-12 piece module that all works together.
A big thanks again to Whitney and Carla for taking my mind off more serious matters. I can’t wait to do this again next year! Or maybe I’ll start on another module right now. -rp