If you’ve seen the new Indiesew Fall/Winter Collection you know that our Tamarack Jacket pattern was included in this year’s Full Collection! I’ve only had time to sew up one piece from the collection so far aside from our jacket since I’ve been out of town, the Matcha Top, but I definitely want to sneak in a few more garments. I styled the Matcha top with both the Tamarack as well as a wool/alpaca cardigan I’m wearing a lot this fall.
The Matcha Top is a boxy top with a mandarin-inspired gathered neckline and two sleeve options. I chose the sleeveless version for mine because I often find myself in radiator heated Chicago buildings in the fall which can get quite warm. I wanted something I could layer easily to go between the cool outside and warm inside. I also hadn’t seen many sleeveless versions so thought that would be fun to check out.
The Matcha is also a pretty different silhouette than I’m used to. I usually choose either a top that’s oversized everywhere, or one that’s fitted through the shoulders and bust, then falling to an a-line shape since I’m larger on the bottom than the top. The Matcha is fitted at the shoulders, then quite oversized through the bust, waist and hips. I used an ikat fabric from my stash for the top and I think it was a pretty good choice. I can’t exactly remember where or when I purchased the fabric, I think possibly Fancy Tiger but I don’t see it on their site anymore.
The Tamarack Jacket shown here is from our original release, so it’s a few years old, but it’s by far one of my favorite things I’ve ever sewn up. This particular Jacket is two thin layers of Robert Kaufman chambray along with a super lightweight Quilter’s Dream batting layer. I use this as a lightweight jacket or a layering piece. I went down a size in this one so that it fits under my more bulky jackets or my Cowichan sweater. It really is just like a blanket that you can leave the house in, and I’m all about socially acceptable blanket wearing!
We’re the first in a series of blog posts about the collection, the schedule for which you can find below. I know each participant was very excited to be a part of this so definitely check out their posts when they’re up!