Momiform MAKEover!

Sep 22, 2015 | Cardigan, Tour | 25 comments


Lauren at Baste & Gather had the coolest idea- actually hand-make over your ‘mom uniform’. Do you wear pretty much the same thing every day just because it’s easy and you can throw it on quickly in the morning? I certainly do. It usually consists of jeans (or capris depending on season), a tee and fleece hoodie if it’s cold out. You may have even caught a glimspe of me in my slippers (but they’re really Minnetonka moccasins with a sole so not really slippers… right?).

So, it’s definitely time to take a little time for myself by making over my ‘momiform’. After scrolling through Pinterest for a little bit (hours, days & weeks) I found a few images for my inspiration.


Pinterest Inspiration

I’m really loving olive colored denim these days as well as gray and navy colors. And you can’t go wrong with black! So, with those things in mind I decided on using Sewholic’s Renfrew tee and Itch to Stitch’s Paulina for tops and the new Boyfriend Cardigan as a layering piece. For the bottoms I choose Selvage Designs Syrah skirt in knee length and the perennial favorite- Jocole Skinnies.


Pretty, pretty patterns

Without further ado here is my first Momiform- olive Jocole Skinnies and black Sewholic Renfrew. This outfit was SO easy to sew up and looks really classy. I used a stretch twill from Joann’s for the skinnies and a black french terry for the shirt. The Renfrew is my go-to pattern for a tee, I’ve made it with a v-neck and the scoop and love both. I do have to mash sizes a bit but now that I’ve figured that out every tee I make turns out perfect. In hindsight I wish I had used a better quality twill for the skinnies. These are pretty stiff and don’t move with me very much hence the bunching at the knee. If anyone has any leads on a good olive stretch denim or twill, let me know!

Jocole Skinnies + Renfrew Tee = effortless class

Jocole Skinnies + Renfrew Tee = effortless class

When the weather turns cooler I’ll just throw on a Boyfriend Cardigan. This knit is a poly/rayon jersey from Stylish Fabric. It’s lightweight but perfect for layering. I left off the collar and pockets which made it a quick sew and took well under 2 yards.

Anything + Boyfriend Cardigan = perfection

Anything + Boyfriend Cardigan = perfection

I love wearing skirts! Especially knit skirts. They’re so comfortable and make you look so much more put together. This Syrah Skirt from Selvage Designs totally fits the bill. It has two waist options, one of which has ruching on the side that would look great with a more cropped top (maybe Seamwork’s Astoria?). One way I’ll be wearing this skirt is with a tee (Renfrew here again!), my favorite jean jacket and chucks. I didn’t make the jean jacket but I just have to tell you- you need a great jean jacket! Make it or buy it, just get one! I especially think the cropped kind are flattering. The one that I’m wearing here is actually made from a cool denim-look french terry which is just SO comfortable. I could take a nap in this jacket. It’s not a cheap brand but I lucked out and found it for around $30 on Amazon a couple months ago.

knit skirt + tee + jean jacket

Loose the jacket and add some nice ballet flats and I've got a cute and classy outfit for dressier occasions. 

Lose the jacket and add some nice ballet flats and I’ve got a cute and classy outfit for dressier occasions.

And finally, the outfit that was my main focus for this MAKEover. My original idea for this was kelly green wide leg pants using the Colette Juniper pattern. I completed a muslin in a black sateen from Joann’s but I ultimately decided not to include them. That straight, wide leg look is just not flattering on this short and curvy girl. I will say I was really please with the pattern and I’m happy I did the muslin because it was my first zip fly. I love learning new skills and I think the Juniper pattern did a nice job of walking me through.

After reevaluating my options I decided to just work with the olive Jocole Skinnies. I paired the skinnies with Itch to Stitch’s Paulina with a modification. I don’t love the layered look under the arms so I just cut the main piece without the cutout and proceeded as normal. I really like that this top is actually two full layers at the front and back and not just a small piece sewn at the hem. Although I do think it runs a bit short. I’m average waisted and 5’4″ and it’s a little short on me. Next time I make it I’ll lengthen by 1.5-2″. For the main navy knit I used my verrrrry favorite jersey from Mood Fabrics. The content is rayon/lycra which gives it such a nice hand as well as being on the heavier side for a jersey. I’m trying really hard to love the bootie trend. I really like them on almost everyone else I see but I’m just not sure I love them on myself.

I purchased the blue check shirting from Joann's. I cut it on the bias to give it a little more interest.

I purchased the blue check shirting from Joann’s. I cut it on the bias to give it a little more interest.

I love working with shirting fabrics and don't get to do it very often. 

I love working with shirting fabrics and don’t get to do it very often.

Now I’m all set for running around doing all the things… but in style!


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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




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  1. Angie

    Everything looks so nice and also comfortable! How does the pants pattern run? I make almost all of my tops and skirts but I’m not so good about getting a good fit when I make pants for myself!


      I thought they ran a tiny bit on the smaller side. I did a muslin first and I’m glad I did so I could grade out the hips a touch. That’s the nice thing about this pattern- they’re super quick to make so no excuse not to do a quickie muslin.

  2. Denita

    Wow Tammi! You knocked it out of the park! Love your looks!


      Thanks Denita!

  3. cm

    Looking good! I plan to grab the boyfriend cardigan pattern. I’m with you on the booties. I only wear them under longer boot-cut jeans.


      I haven’t given up on the booties. I think the more I wear them the more I’ll warm up to them… maybe.

  4. Melissa

    You did a great job! Classic color palette and pieces that are easy to pull together.


      Thanks Melissa! I love the deeper colors that are more popular in the fall. I’m so much more comfortable in them for some reason.

  5. Janie R

    The skyline S5 looks awesome, especially the superior feed dog system!

  6. Kim Coffin

    Love your capsule wardrobe!


      Thanks Kim! I had a lot of fun putting this together.

  7. Katie

    Oh, I love that shirting fabric! Shirting is so beautiful to work with.

    Great job on your capsule — looks like you’re set for fall!

  8. Heather

    Such great and versatile pieces! Those olive pants are great! PS: I think you can totally pull off booties!

  9. Elizabeth

    What beautiful outfits!! You look great in every piece!

  10. Lauren

    This all looks SO GOOD! Thank you for participating! xoxo

  11. Emily

    Great looks and color scheme! I like the booties on you but I’m still figuring them out on me.

  12. Sarah

    Wow, that Janome looks like light-years beyond my little machine. Your outfits look great, and I think you should embrace the booties!

  13. Lodi Srygley

    So much fun it makes me want to revisit the mommy years. Ha!

  14. Reyna

    Great job! Love those pants on you! Everything was great though 😉

  15. Essence

    You look amazing Tami! You may have sold me on the Jocole pants!

  16. Abigail

    Your momiform collection is so nice, Tami! Love the olive pants as a staple!!!

    • fut 14

      This insight’s just the way to kick life into this debate.

  17. Dana

    I just found SO MANY new designers I’ll be purchasing from in the future! Thanks!

  18. justine

    Funny you don’t like booties because that is my favorite look on you! It gives you a nice edge!


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