Welcome Baste + Gather readers! I’m excited to be one of today’s stops on Lauren’s Momiform tour, and to finally reveal what I’ve been working on for the last six weeks — my Momiform MAKEover fall capsule!
As those of you who have been here before likely know, I have three smallish children, ages 2, 4 and 6, and I am a full-time commercial litigator. That basically means that half my day is spent corralling my own children and the other half is spent corralling slightly larger children 🙂 (Just kidding…sort of).
Like so many of us, I tend to fall into a “momiform” rut. Most of my time at home is spent in jeans, some of which have seen much better days, graphic tees and my super-comfy sweatshirt that will be practically falling apart by the time I get rid of it (I wish I was joking). Something like this:
When Lauren asked for volunteers to makeover their Momiform, I jumped at the chance to participate!
I thought long and hard about what kind of makeover to do, and ultimately decided that if was going to do a Momiform MAKEover, I was going to do it right! So I decided on an entire fall Momiform mini capsule. I originally planned to make 12 different pieces (I obviously didn’t make the shoes) and ended up finishing 11 of them. Not too shabby, if I do say so myself!
Here is what I’ve been working on these last several weeks:
- Ginger Jeans by Closet Case Patterns (made with Cone Mills denim!)
- Lark Tee by Grainline Studios (review is blogged here)
- Popover Poncho by April Rhodes (fabric from Girl Charlee)
- Ooh La Leggings by Papercut Patterns (fabric from Michael Levine (affiliate link) and Sew Kinetic)
- Linden Sweatshirt by Grainline Studios (fabric from Joann’s)
- Dropje Vest by Waffle patterns (fabric from Etsy)
- Virginia Leggings by Megan Nielsen (fabric from Fabric.com)
- Daytripper Top by Shwin Designs (fabric from Britex)
- Anima Pants by Papercut patterns (fabric from Cali Fabrics)
- Poppy Tee by Kzjo Studios (fabric from Girl Charlee)
- Drop Pocket Cardigan by Jalie (Fabric from Cali Fabrics)
My goal was to make sure all the pieces in my mini-capsule would work together to give me a variety of outfits to choose from with very little thought. For that, the colors, patterns and overall styles needed to coordinate.
In the four years that I’ve been sewing for myself, I’ve learned a lot about my personal style and color choice. I gravitate towards blue and pink for colors and gray, navy, and black for neutrals. Never one to buck my trends, I stuck with this basic color palate for my fall Momiform capsule, adding in a touch of mint green to mix it up just a bit.
Looking at my capsule as a whole, it may be a tad monochromatic, but I also know that every single piece will fit effortlessly into my overall wardrobe and will be easy to wear. And wearability is my ultimate goal!
So here is my mini-capsule put together Sudoku-style. Each row, column and diagonal shows a different outfit that I can wear with just these pieces. But really the pieces are completely interchangeable, giving me at least 64 different outfit combos!
When I have my mom hat on, I need my clothes to be easy to wear and easy to clean. I love wearing jeans, both for their look and functionality, so obviously a pair of jeans would be part of my capsule. It was fun to sink my teeth into a nice pair of Ginger Jeans, and I finally cut into my Cone Mills denim for these. Like so many moms, I love the comfort factor of leggings, but never really felt comfortable wearing them as “real” clothes. I decided to make a couple pairs of fun and comfy leggings to help remedy that.
I very briefly entertained the thought of adding some woven tops to my Momiform capsule, but ultimately was limited by my time constraints. Woven tops take more fitting and I can’t just breeze them through my serger. With the rather lofty task I had set myself, I knew that I needed many of my items to be quicky and comfy. And I like wearing knits on the weekends. They’re comfortable, they move and breathe well, they’re easy to layer, and they’re easy to clean. So knits it was!
And finally layering pieces. I’m a big layerer. I almost always wear a layer on the weekend, even during the summer. I do it partly for warmth (air conditioning gets chilly!), but primarily for the pockets. It seems there’s always something to carry around when you have little kids, even if it’s just an extra Kleenex to dry tears or wipe a random runny nose. Again, I kept most of my layering pieces pretty simple. But this is also where you’ll find my second ambitious project in this capsule — the Dropje Vest by Waffle Patterns (provided for this tour by Go To Patterns)**. This vest is made from real life Pendleton wool shirting, and I even figured out how to line it. I’ll be back with all the deets soon!
The only freebie I received for this blog tour was the Dropje Vest. It was provided by Go To Patterns, a great curated indie pattern shop.** Otherwise, I had almost all of these patterns in my stash at the beginning of this challenge. Obviously I can’t review them all here or this post would never, ever end. But never fear, you will get all the nitty gritty on each of these pieces over the coming weeks!
So for now, don’t forget to check out the other amazing ladies remaking their Momiforms, as well as the impressive array of goodies that Lauren is giving away!
Scroll to the bottom of this post to enter the two separate Rafflecopters! 50+ winners will be selected!
Get 10% off your fabric order from now through October 1 at Michael Levine/LowPriceFabric.com with code: Makeover10
Get 20% off your pattern order now through October 1 at UpCraft Club with code: MOMIFORM
Are you MAKE-ing over your Momiform? Join the fun on Instagram with hashtag #momiformmakeover
Be sure to check out all the awesome series participants to get lots of momiform inspiration!
Reyna Lay Designs | Call Ajaire | Golden Rippy | Love Notions
Sew Not Perfect | Scientific Seamstress | Rebel & Malice
Creative Counselor | Mabey She Made It | If Only They Would Nap | Boy, Oh Boy, Oh Boy Crafts
Shaffer Sisters | FABulous Home Sewn | Fa Sew La | Baste + Gather
Lulu & Celeste | Swoodson Says | Phat Quarters | Hey June | Stitch Upon a Time
Climbing the Willow | Everything Your Mama Made & More | Näh-Connection | 110 Creations
A Jennuine Life | Straight Stitch Designs | Sew Straight & Gather | KZJO’STUDIO
Wild & Wanderful | Mae & K | Handmade Frenzy | HattieLu Handmade
Special thanks to these major sponsors who generously donated the following items for the giveaway:
(There will a different winner for each line item so we can spread the love around!)
Janome – One Skyline S5 Sewing Machine*
Indiesew – Four $50 gift certificates (four separate winners)
Michael Levine / Low Price Fabric – Four $25 gift certificates (four separate winners) and 10% discount for readers through October 1 – code: Makeover10
UpCraft Club – Two $25 gift certificates (two separate winners) and 20% discount on patterns through October 1 – code: MOMIFORM
And the following pattern designers who graciously provided patterns for the series participants and/or contributed the following items for the giveaway:
Grainline Studio – Two patterns of your choice
True Bias – Hudson Pants & Southport Dress patterns
Colette -Two patterns of your choice
Closet Case Files -Two patterns of your choice
Sew Much Ado -Two patterns of your choice
Sew Straight & Gather – Three patterns of your choice
Golden Rippy – Two patterns of your choice
110 Creations: A Sewist’s Notebook
Patterns for Pirates – Two patterns of your choice
Itch to Stitch – Two patterns of your choice
Mouse House Creations – Two patterns of your choice
Hey June Handmade -Two patterns of your choice
Peekaboo Pattern Shop – Three patterns of your choice
Go-to Patterns – One women’s pattern of your choice
GreenStyleCreations -Two patterns of your choice
Puperita – One pattern of your choice
Sofilantjes – Two patterns of your choice
Charlotte Kan – One pattern of your choice
So Sew Easy – Two patterns or one bundle of your choice
OUSM Designs – Women’s Thumbs-Up Tee pattern
E-Beth Designs – Two patterns of your choice
Muffin Head Patterns – Any pattern of your choice up to $10
GrayDay Patterns – Sandpoint Top or Athena Top pattern (your choice)
Scientific Seamstress – One pattern of your choice
Stitch Upon a Time – $20 gift card
5 out of 4 – Two patterns of your choice
Frianki Patterns – Two patterns of your choice
KZ Jo Studio – Two patterns of your choice
Straight Stitch Designs – Full collection of patterns
Sewing Patterns by Aivilo Charlotte – Two patterns of your choice
Striped Swallow Designs – Two patterns of your choice
Rose and Lee Designs – Two patterns of your choice
Sewing Geek Patterns – One pattern of your choice
Filles a Maman – One pattern of your choice
Bella Sunshine Designs – One pattern of your choice
Liola Designs – One pattern of your choice
Cali Faye Collection – One pattern of your choice
Tinman Patterns – Orbit Skirt pattern
Felicity Sewing Patterns – Two patterns of your choice
Winter Wear Designs – Two patterns of your choice
Ellie Inspired – Three patterns of your choice
Love Notions – One pattern of your choice
a Sparkly Baby – Two patterns of your choice
Terra’s Treasures Designs – Two patterns of your choice
*Janome giveaway winner must be located in U.S.A. and is therefore on a separate Rafflecopter below. Machine must be picked up at a local dealer; it cannot be shipped.
This second Rafflecopter includes all the other sponsor items since they can be awarded internationally! You must enter both Rafflecopters in order to be entered to win both the sewing machine and the rest of the giveaway items. All patterns awarded will be in PDF format. Enjoy!
** Go To Patterns provided the Dropje Vest pattern free of charge for this blog tour. I think my opinions are unaffected by that and that certainly is my intention, but you can be the ultimate judge!