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Autumn sewing plans

Hello there!

The chilly weather we have been having around these parts recently has got me thinking about my autumn sewing plans. There is definitely a change in the air; when I got up at 6am this morning it was dark. I’m not going to lie to you, I love autumn. I feel a lot more comfortable dressing for autumn, in layers and cardigans and scarfs than I do for summer. Nothing beats cosying up inside with a cup of hot chocolate, a cat or two and a blanket. Oh and the boy, if he happens to be around.

My autumn sewing plans were already in development, in my head at least, when the lovely Liz from Liz Makes It drew my attention to the Fall Essentials Sew-Along (aka FESA14) being hosted by the ladies from Rhinestones and Telephones and What Would Nancy Drew Wear. Never one to pass up the challenge, this sounds like the perfect opportunity to kick-start my seasonal sewing. FESA14 runs from 1st September until 30th November, and the idea is that participants sew items from one or more of the following categories:

  • Fashionable Foundations for Frosty Weather
  • Chic Chemises for Cool Climates
  • Fabulous Frocks
  • Underneath it all
  • Tender Tootsies
  • Those Cozy Nights
  • Baby It’s Cold Outside

Details and inspiration for each category can be found here. Being the ambitious kind, I am aiming to complete one item from each category. Nothing wrong with setting ambitious goals, and I already have a few WIPs that fit nicely into some of the categories, so this will be an incentive for me to complete them. Here are a couple of patterns that are currently tickling my fancy:

Miette cardigan

Miette cardigan by Andi Sutterland

I currently have a Miette cardigan in progress, in fact I just have one sleeve and the button bands left to complete. This is the perfect cardigan to wear with dresses to transition them from summer to autumn/winter staples.

Sewaholic Robson coat

Sewaholic Robson coat

I was given the Robson coat pattern from Sewaholic Patterns for my birthday back in May, and I am planning to sew this up as an autumn jacket, probably in a plain colour such as grey so that it goes with everything.

Coco from Tilly and the Buttons

Coco from Tilly and the Buttons

I see more Coco’s on the horizon; I wear my red Coco dress to death and am planning a version with contrast roll neck and cuffs, as well as some top versions.

I am hankering after a basic black work skirt, something warm and with a bit of drape. I am thinking of using wool of a wool blend. I’m still looking for the perfect pattern though, suggestions would be most welcome.

I also want to sew more dresses. I love dresses and would wear them every day if I could. My starry-eyed Anna and simplicity dresses get a lot of wear, but I need more! I am contemplating the Yaletown dress as I really like the wrap-style bodice.

Sewwaholic Yaletown dress

Sewaholic Yaletown dress

Yep, Sewaholic again…and what of it?! I make no secret of a fact that I am a total Sewaholic fan girl, Tasia’s patterns are great. And no I am not being paid or receiving any incentive to say that!!

Phew, that should keep me busy! Anyone else joining in with FESA14 or just hatching their own autumn sewing plans? I’d love to know what’s on your list.

K xx

 

 

Polka dot Crescent skirt

I’m very pleased and excited to have been invited to join Calico Laine’s blogger network. Every month I will chose the supplies needed to complete a project of my choice from their website, and in return for a discount I will blog about my project. Here is my first Calico Laine post – this is actually my December project, a bit delayed – shameful I know. Can I still blame Christmas?!

WIth such a huge range of fabric I was spoilt for choice, but after a lot of pondering I finally settled on something that I had been planning to make for a long time – a polka dot Crescent skirt. I’ve made no secret of my love for Sewaholic patterns, and the first item of clothing I ever stitched was the Crescent skirt. I love this skirt and version one is still in constant rotation in my wardrobe. I also love polka dots, so combining the two was a no-brainer!

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I chose a polka dot cotton from Calico Laine with large spots and the whole thing is lined with black dress lining. This pattern works well with fabric that has a bit of structure as it emphasises the fullness of the skirt; I imagine it would work equally well in a cotton lawn or similar too for a slightly different, more floaty, look.

I trimmed the bottom of the lining with black lace and I love the effect this has, i feel very girly and dressed up wearing it just knowing the lace is there! I had a stoke of luck here too – I bought 2 metres of this lace and it was the exact amount I needed to go all the way round the bottom of the lining, down to the last millimetre. Phew!

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I don’t have anything extra to add to the construction of this skirt from the last time I made it. All the inside seams are French seamed (I really need to buy some thread for my overlocker!) and I’m pleased with how neat the insides look – however I wasn’t able to take a picture before my camera batteries died, so you’ll just have to take my word for it!

As you can probably tell, I am a big fan of this skirt and I’m sure it will get a lot of wear. Especially when I get round to sewing some tops in solid colours…one day. What can I say, I just can’t stay away from the prints!

Some people have commented that they haven’t seen enough pictures of Sally round these parts recently. This is for you:

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This is about the twentieth attempt to get a picture as she kept moving about. For a cat who thrives off attention, she didn’t seem too keen to pose!

Has anyone else been sewing/knitting/crafting this weekend? I love to see (I’m naturally nosy!).

Kat xx