The Great Module Sewalong: the results!

The deadline for #thegreatmodulesewalong is today, so I managed to scrape in by the skin of my teeth. I haven’t been getting a ton of sewing done since the Coronavirus stepped up and changed our daily routine (in fact, my sewjo has been slow all year to be fair), but I was determined to finish this if I could, so put in a good few hours at the weekend and managed to succeed without cutting any corners. I wrote about my plans and the challenge background here back in February if you’re interested or haven’t heard about it, but, otherwise, here are the clothes!

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The Clothes

Very briefly, the challenge involved picking a topper, three tops and two bottoms and I decided to base my collection around a spring coat I already had planned, which was Coat Q from the Atelier to Nani Iro book I mentioned in the last post, and last in the grid below.

The other items were (from top left):

  1. High-waisted Dawn jeans by Megan Nielsen with the tapered leg and regular length option. I LOVE these. It’s taken me a while to make a “proper” pair of high-waisters, but of course now I see what all the fuss is about. I just didn’t think they would work for me. I’ll post a dedicated post in a week or two as I want to give them a chance to break in a little and see how they go.
  2. The Recital Shirt by Liesl + Co. This is such a cool shirt and I love the light Japanese lawn I used for it. So comfortable. I wrote a fitting post for Liesl’s blog while making this, so I’ll post something on my own blog linking to it once it’s up (beginning of April I believe)

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3. The Sadie sweater by Seamwork in a lovely Lillestoff knit jacquard. I made this a few weeks ago and posted about the adaptions I made to the pattern to get it the way I liked it. I’ve worn it a TON since then and will probably make loads more. A perfect spring sweater.

4. A cropped Victory tank by Chalk and Notch in Ellen Barker double gauze by Kokka. I really like Ellen Barker, so I was excited I could squeeze this top out of 1m. I also made the longer version in a rayon challis and wrote about them both in my most recent post.

5. A pair of Robinson trousers by Ensemble Patterns in a wine stretch twill. This was the first item I made for the module and, while they need a little tweaking for next time, I’ve worn them a lot and like the pattern.

6. The aforementioned Coat Q from the Atelier to Nani Iro book. This was such a fast and pleasurable sew, with only one little tricky part. I made this in one day! I’ll also post about this separately soon.

Mix n Match

My poor suffering husband, God love him, was not super excited when I informed him that he was lucky enough to have the opportunity to take photos of not one new garment, but a whole six of them in different combinations and permutations.

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Obviously, the idea of the capsule wardrobe is that you can wear everything with everything else. As far as colours went, I decided on a mix of black, white and grey to match up with the Coat Q colour scheme, with an additional splash of wine/burgundy to keep things interesting.

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I also wanted to use a mix of interesting prints and textures as I like a contrasting style and also have a ton of prints I wanted to use! My general idea was that since Coat Q is a very unstructured, duster-like outerwear piece, I would make sure the other pieces were generally a little more structured, for some contrast. The Victory tank has those lovely geometric straps, for instance, which add clean lines to the ensemble.

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The Recital shirt has a very high, frilly collar which is almost Victorian or Elizabethan in execution and I very much had that in mind when pairing the pattern with this fabric. My chin is probably a bit too, well… much, these days for such a high collar (maybe one day I’ll regain my once-slim neck) but I love it anyway, so whatever.

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As far as the bottoms went, I really, really needed trousers/pants and in particular some solid-coloured ones that would go with plenty of other items in my wardrobe. The wine Robinson pants were the low-maintenance choice, with an elasticated waist, but also some cool closures at the bottom of the leg to add a bit of zing – in this case zippers and studs.

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And the Dawn jeans were my surprise hit of the wardrobe, as I mentioned at the beginning of the post. I have lots more detail to give on these, but they are going to be so versatile in my entire wardrobe. I really want to make some more now!

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So would I do it again? Darn right I would! I do love a challenge, me, but this was more fun than even I was expecting. I don’t know if it’s because I picked garments with enough variety or whether it’s a function of the module itself, but I really enjoyed this process. Six is a good number of garments to sew without losing your mind (plus you could use already-sewn ones if you wanted) and the pyramid-type garment selection is clever.

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I also learnt a lot. I picked garments that I ended up doing a bit of fitting on and it really got me to the next level in understanding the geometry of some parts of my body. I also learnt some new techniques like putting in my first sleeve placket (more straightforward than I anticipated) and sewing a rollover collar.

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To be honest, I’m tempted to do a loungewear one next (I mean, we’re all inside anyway, right?) as I’m sorely in need of some “nice” lounging gear and I have the fabric in stash to do it. Plus it would be pretty quick I think. Did you take part in this and what did you think? Have I persuaded you to give it a go if you were dubious? Let me know – I’d love to hear. Also, I’d recommend checking out the hashtag #thegreatmodulesewalong on Instagram if you have a chance. There are some really inspirational wardrobe ideas on there from other sewists!

8 thoughts on “The Great Module Sewalong: the results!

    1. Thank you! πŸ™‚ Yes, I think my collection is a little bit emo-spring, with all the black and grey, but actually many of the pieces will go with lots of other things I’ve made (brighter things too), which is great!

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  1. This is great πŸ‘πŸ» I find it tricky getting things to blend without looking the same πŸ˜… I’m getting there slowly now though (… I think πŸ€”)
    It’s perfect that you picked up some new techniques along the way too πŸ‘πŸ» now you’ve just got to find time to keep that sew-jo going! πŸ™πŸ» stay safe x

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