I'm not much of a fabric hoarder - I tend to buy specifically for patterns, but I do tend to give myself too many items to tackle, so I have a lot of the fabric for the patterns already bought and waiting to get sewn up. I'm also being relatively sensible in that a few of these are patterns I have sewn up before, so the worst of tracing, muslining and adjustments have already been done, so some should be speedy makes!
And then Sarah from Rhinestones & Telephones announced the return of the Fall Essentials Sew Along (FESA for short). I don't remember seeing this before but could well have been before I started sewing. It's a simple format. 7 categories covering all garments, a Flickr group and no tight deadlines. Just the sort of sewalong I like! And the beauty of it is, you can fit other new patterns and sewalongs into the mix. Perfect!
Sarah asked if we were sewing to a colour palette. I never really aim to do this, but I do tend to find I gravitate to similar colours in summer and winter. Here's my usual winter palette:
I wear a lot of navy and charcoal grey as neutrals but I also have plans for a couple of black items too. Colours to go with are teal, aubergine/ burgundy and airforce blue.
Looking at my plans, I think I'll be sticking to it again this year too!
Here's my plans organised under the FESA headings.
Fashionable Foundations for Frosty Weather (all bottom half garments)
|Source: Steph C's lovely version on Sewing Cake|
Maria Denmark's fab trouser fitting instructions I'm keen to give them another try! Her tinfoil tip is amazing! I muslined in an 8 which was nowhere near fitting so I think I'll need to retrace in a 10. I have a lovely soft grey suiting for these.
I have had a Gertie pencil skirt in mind since I bought the book and a nice burgundy crepe ready to make it. I even bought silk organza to underline it. I love the idea of perfecting some slow sewing but I think it might mean I get through a few other items first! I thrifted some lovely charcoal grey wool which I want to use for the a-line variation with the pintucks. But that will depend on the fitting issues I find with the pattern. If I struggle it might end up being another Hummingbird!
Chic Chemises for Cool Climates
I bought the Renfrew pattern after Me Made May but not made anything from it yet. I have a black viscose knit and a blue marl, both earmarked for long sleeved Renfrews.
I'll get a knitting project on the go for those nights when it is too cold to sit in the dining room and sew.
I am currently working on the first 2 of these!
Unusually for me, I have 2 sewing projects on the go at the moment. I have traced Simplicity 1882 and am making the collared version in teal cotton sateen with black accents and piping.
I had a great charity shop score recently - 5 yards of (narrow) black wool delaine for £15. Hopefully this will work well for long sleeved Hawthorn. Might need some funky buttons to stop it looking too drab however. Or a nice red belt/ shoe combo.
|Source: Stolen from Three Dresses Project with Leila's permission!|
I've been waiting for the new Cake Patterns Red Velvet dress and it's finally on sale! Steph has been teasing us with pics of hers on Twitter and it looks amazing! I was going to do this in teal ponte, but I'm realising writing this list I have a lot of blue things planned, so I may make this up in burgundy or charcoal grey instead. Isn't Leila's version gorgeous? (and such a gorgeous girl! - click here to see more pics and read her blog post.)
Underneath it all
I'm never made any underwear but I have stashed some t-shirts which are now too big and I'm planning to make some SoZo vests and knickers out of them.
I've also got plans to make a couple of underskirts for those cotton dresses which stick to my winter tights a bit too much! Gertie and Tasia have great tutorials here and here.
Baby it's Cold Outside
Not only am I anxiously awaiting the Red Velvet dress, but Steph has designed a whole collection around it. When I saw the Carmine jacket I was totally hooked! I am planning this in either a striped navy and white knit or a plain navy or burgundy. But we have to wait til October for the pattern - boo! (apologies for the quality of the image - I couldn't find a better one since the pattern's not out yet!)
I didn't have much of a plan to make nightwear but I am tempted to make some cosy PJs or lounge trousers. Much as I love the Tofino pattern, I don't want to pay full indie pattern prices for PJs! I may make Maria Denmark's Lara Lounge Pants or else the Simplicity free pyjama pattern. This might well get left til later while I see how I am getting on with the rest of the queue!
I'm not about to start knitting socks and I don't wear slippers, so I'll probably skip this category!
Wow, that's loads when I see it written down like that! 4 (possibly 5 skirts), 1 pair of trousers, 2 tops (plus a knitting project), 4 dresses, a jacket and a "maybe" plan of PJs and undies. Pretty sure I will make the underskirts but the PJs, pants and vests may wait til later in the season! 2 months isn't realistic is it? I guess that is my whole season sewing list and I'll see what I can get done within the 2 months of the sewalong!
Now can I stick to this or will my plans get derailed by some new sewalong or pattern release?
Are you doing FESA? Do you have a sewing plan each season or are you more a fly-by-the-seat-of-your-pants kind of sewist? Are you excited about the new Cake patterns too?