Inspiration: The Cozy Layers Social Sew

Hello! The November Social Sew theme is Cozy Layers in anticipation of the weather changing, the leaves turning red and gold, and the holidays approaching... especially the ones that make us want to bundle up and stay home with family and friends (and maybe a cocoa or two). It hasn't been that cold here in North Carolina yet, but it also hasn't been uncomfortably hot recently, so at least we're making progress, right?

Remember, my main goal is designing the Social Sew link-up was to make the theme narrow enough that someone unsure of what to make next could find some guidance, but broad enough that someone with sewing plans could find a way to make their pieces fit. If you're a bit stumped on what to make for this month's theme let me suggest...

A pair of joggers or leggings: Athleisure is here and it doesn't seem to be going anywhere. Whether you wear your lululemon everywhere you go or you are strictly in the "leggings =/= pants" camp, who doesn't need another pair of stretchy, comfy pants?
Patterns: True Bias's Hudson pants seem to be the blogger favorite when it comes to joggers (and there's a matching pattern for littles!). There's loads of options, though, when it comes to leggings: Sewaholic's Pacific leggings fit me perfectly (seen here), but I've been wanting to try Simplicity's new legging pattern 8212, and of course Jalie is the go-to when it comes to active (or not-so-active) wear.

A sweatshirt/sweater or cardigan: Stretch those last evenings on the porch late into the evening with a new sweater or cardigan in french terry, sweatshirt fleece, or sweater knit! Just look at the J. Crew sweatshirt with the ruffle, too... Liberty anyone??
Patterns: "Cute sweatshirt" sounds oxymoronic to me but there are so many cute sweatshirt patterns! This geodesic dome-inspired sweatshirt has the most interesting pockets, Sloane has french darts for fit, and I think version #2 of the Toaster sweater has a nice vintage-casual look. For a snuggly wrap cardigan, I love my Seamly cardi, and every version of McCall's 6844 I've seen has been adorable and so flattering!

A jacket or coat: Do you, unlike me, live in a place where it is legitimately cold already? Make something that will actually keep you cozy and warm!
Patterns: Waffle Patterns's Bamboo coat leaped straight to the top of my sewing list for its timeless minimalism (not a word I usually associate with my style!), but other favorites for winter outerwear include the Grainline Cascade for a bit of British style, and, for those of you who swear by "secret pajamas," the Yona wrap coat--stay in your robe all day!

I'll be working on my Bamboo coat this month, but I have some additions to make (see, I told you I don't do minimalism...) so I'm not sure if I'll get it totally finished by the end of the month. I intend to make a decent amount of progress, though!

What are you thinking of making? Let me know in the comments, I'm nosy and I love hearing people's sewing plans...


ps: I'm muslining my bamboo coat this weekend (yay!) and i have high hopes for minimal adjustments as i just want to get sewing! you know that feeling?

allie J.

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  1. Well, I just cut out a flannel shirt. We'll see how plaid matching goes! I also have plans for fleece lined leggings and maybe flannel pj pants this year. It definitely gets cold up here in New England! I think this is a great theme. I hope I can get something completed and posted for it! Good luck on your coat. That sounds like a big undertaking.

    1. Very cozy!! I haven't delved too much into plaid yet. Fleece leggings sound amazing--do you just use stretch fleece? Are they smooth, or fleecy on the outside?

  2. I'm working on a long-sleeved dress from Lekala patterns. After that I'm planning on making a cardigan with a warm double knit from Mood.

    1. I've never used a Lekala pattern but they get rave reviews! Good luck with that and your cardi!

  3. I'm planning on making a maxi length shirt dress from a 1971 pattern. It will be in a heavy tan floral denim, to be fun but cozy, and then I will start adding from there. I'm thinking of adding a self-made belt, and them maybe make a simple turtleneck for underneath. I'll see if I can get to all that in one month!

    1. Dresses + turtlenecks = perfect winter outfits. Can't wait to see your maxi dress!



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