Wednesday, 30 September 2015

Autumn/Winter 15

It's feeling like ages since I last posted, but it's really only been a couple of weeks. It's been a busy time though, as we were away 2 weekends in a row and then I was working last weekend. All this has really impacted on my sewing time. I don't generally tend to sew at the weekend, but if we're away that impacts on all the other stuff that we do, which then ends up taking priority during the week. I'm all for sewing over housework, but if the boys are coming out the bath dirtier than they went in, then I need to address my priorities!

Being away has also impacted on my general social media interaction, as I've just been too busy. But it's good to take a break now and again to spend time with people I actually know.

So, I have no sewing related stuff to show you today. I am slowly working on one of my Vintage Pledge items - a chambray shirtdress. I'm not convinced it's going to turn out well though, which really doesn't do well to motivate me to finish it. When I tried it on early in construction, my husband commented that I should be wearing it to work in a sewing factory. And now I can't see past the fact that it does look a bit "uniformy".

I have a lovely afternoon of sewing planned on Sunday at The Stitchery, with Jen. Although I'm not finished the shirtdress, I don't want to take that with me. I did plan to take the Named Alexandria trousers to sew, but now I'm swithering over sewing something else entirely. I might print and cut out a couple of options and then I can decide on Sunday morning.

And so to Autumn sewing plans, which seems to be the theme of most of September's blog posts. I have opted to split my list into "need" and "want" in a bid to narrow my focus and allow me to prioritise a bit. I'm never great at sewing plans. Actually, I'm great at airy fairy ideas of the billions of things I want to make. But coming up with a concrete, deliverable plan is something else entirely. So let's call this a list of things I could do with and/or patterns that I <3. :)

Before I returned to work I decided not to buy or make anything specifically because I didn't think I needed anything. I have just spent the past 3 months wondering what the hell I used to wear to work every day. So, I need work clothes.

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Trousers: I have all 3 of these patterns already, so I just need to decide what to make them in. And then how to wear them. Can the baggy/flowy trouser translate to winter wear? Maybe with an ankle boots? If not, I guess it'll be a couple of more pairs of Ultimate Trousers (#3).

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Tops: to go with the trousers. I don't yet own any of these patterns. No specific thoughts on fabrics yet, but I do fancy either the Inari (#3) or the Lexi (#1) in scuba.

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Dresses: I like wearing dresses but I'm not sure what kind I want right now. So, I'm detailing my vintage pledge dress in the hope it will turn out alright after all (#2 above). Plus the Inari dress (#1), which I really want to make in a black and white Cotton and Steel rayon in the stash. It's probably not that autumnal, but our office tends to be pretty warm. I also love this RTW by Hush (#3 above) and reckon it would be pretty easy to knock off.

I don't need much in the way of casual wear, other than a new pair of jeans which I will probably buy. In addition...

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#1. A shirt, in either chambray or black/white gingham or both! #2. Culottes - although I'm not convinced by how I will look in them. Possibly with a matching cropped top for Christmas nights out?! #3. All the stripey tees, most probably using the new Lark pattern. #4. A line skirt, in denim, naturally. I love the pocket detail on this pattern.

What are your plans for Autumn? And how "deliverable" are they?



  1. Natch, are heading into Spring down here in the SH, which doesn't inspire me to sew as luckily I did a big summer clothes sewing binge last year. But I do have plans to make a long duster coat out of some pashminas, inspired by Phryne Fisher on the Telly. And of course, sequinny goodness amundo!

  2. Ooh I love all your plans, and your wants! I had to laugh at your husband's comment as I had the same tonight. Working on a dress from the Stylish dress book which I thought was looking great, my husband's comment was 'it looks like a sack, or an apron'. Ah well I still love it, and I'm sure your dress is lovely too. Don't let someone else's opinion sway you! X

  3. Great plans! I set quite achievable ones i thought but my sewing spece is still not finished and so i havent started them yet! Maybe it'll still happen!

  4. Great plans! I set quite achievable ones i thought but my sewing spece is still not finished and so i havent started them yet! Maybe it'll still happen!

  5. Have loads of fun of Sunday whatever you sew. Your plans are great. I have so many things I want to make but I just cant decide what to prioritise. I am over thinking I know! Also finding time to sew is easier than it sounds.

  6. Your plans sound great! I like your idea of "need" vs "want" - it's so hard to narrow them all down, isn't it? We're at the opposite end of the spectrum here; it's all warm weather plans. So hard to decide!


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