Now you have probably gathered that I am easily distracted, easily influenced & terribly tempted by what I see popping up on others’ blogs. Is there any point in me making a list, a potential plan for this season’s sewing? I think so. It will provide just a little bit of focus & also anticipation as I pack away my summer wardrobe & bring out my less substantial winter wardrobe.
What worked well in the summer was a coherent colour coordinated wardrobe of mix-&-matchables(err, don’t I mean separates?).
So to recap my themes for after the summer success:
- Colour – a great mix & match capabilities but with enough verve & energy that they all make me feel good
- Adorable patterns
- Some great solid colours in skirts/ trousers also clearly needed to compliment the pretty patterns
- No ironing is a strong factor
- And last but not least, comfort …
Apply this then to my sewing plans for the next season.
Ideally I would plan colours from scratch, but I need to use my not unsubstantial stash. My ideal colour palette this winter would be purple, grey & green. However I cannot escape black, much as I have tried to avoid it – there is too much in my fabric pile waiting to be transformed, plus some navy too. I shall have to avoid making as dull sombre wardrobe as it’s colour that I love. And as I’ve got plenty of greys there is a real danger of dreary drabness so this will be a real challenge. On the positive, I suppose there is not much that doesn’t go with grey…(my hair! ha ha!)
I’ve already made the biggest wish list of things I’d like to make (it contains 24 items on it!) So I clearly need to prioritise my hugely long list into things I’d wear the most, (that’ll be work clothes then) but ticking away in parallel will have to be coat sewing (a Minoru and my Simplicity 2508. Hopefully this can be a slower project that gets dipped into when I feel like it. So non coat sewing could look like this:
In the summer my most successful tops were those that I was comfortable wearing to work or for casual that also gave me added delight. The delight factor is important I realise, I need to be besotted with my tops, they need to be pretty or characterful in some way (I’m thinking of that polka dot chiffon Simplicity 2154) . Therefore for my winter sewing I shall be making two types of adorable tops, frilly or preppy blouses and sophisticated cowl necked knit tops.
Frillies: using a vintage pattern as a starting point I shall be channelling Joanne’s delectable favourite:
to make a blouse from these florals. On the left some cotton/viscose? from Jane in a swap and the right is some poly chiffon. I can immediately tell that the chiffon will be a success as it will be no iron!
A Cowl necked Renfrew or two– made from some more expensive knits – a black wool blend jersey and a steely blue bamboo knit (they are not that exciting to photo, but appear later when I discuss dresses). It’s not like me to buy classy fabric, but in this instance they were on sale & I couldn’t pass it by,.
I have already mentioned dreams of sewing my own cardigan. I’ve three lengths of acrylic knitted fabric to experiment with – & they are all grey! Andrea has recently made a Renfrew cardigan, so it possible! & I have a few other ideas percolating away…
Next up, work skirts & trousers. I have fabric & even a UFO! Let’s start with the UFO –
using this 80s pattern (Vogue 2155, Calvin Klein) I made a start on this last spring. Something about it wasn’t working for me so it has been draped in various places around my sewing room. I think the waist is just a little too high & I overfitted it when I received Barbarella to an exaggerated over-fishtail skirt effect. I shall revisit it.
And whilst we are looking at that pattern, I also like the trousers. I’ve got that fabric awaiting decision. The question is this 80s pattern (or a variant of) or run with the success of my latest pair (as yet unblogged) that I have managed to fit a bit better? The fabric is super 130 & therefore I am under pressure to get them just so. To be honest it fills me with more than a little fear to sew such special fabric…I am likely to “go muslin”.
Casual skirts/ shorts:
I have some silk blend mini dogtooth check to make some Thurlow shorts (love the idea of wearing them with chunky woolly tights!)& I could be organised to join the Thurlow sewalong hosted by Lladybird.
I’ve also some baby cord in navy for the Vogue 1247 skirt with the awesome pockets. And the fabric I swapped with Jane? Possibly a Simplicity 1245.
What about dresses you might ask? What I have learnt about dresses is that for them to get worn a lot it helps if they are non iron , therefore a jersey dress could be useful as my Monday morning work dress. I might have enough of this black polka dot, or else construct something with this frilly skirt & some contrast(showing the knits discussed earlier). Possibly a Renfrew dress?
Or another version of the Simplicity 2580 cowl neck dress, but add long sleeves? This must be top of my dress sewing list. But I also fancy making a Darling Ranges dress & a ditsy needlecord Lisette shirt dress (the straight variety).
I also fancy making me some leggings, having a couple of patterns including the Papercut ooh la la leggings….
Can you believe this is my shortlist?
It appears that I have invested in some unusually more expensive fabric (for me). It will be interesting to see how my sewing behaviour is affected by this!
How are your plans progressing?