Fall Sewing Plans are in full swing over here!
We have big plans and we better get to it, because September is just around the corner. In our part of the world fall doesn’t last too long and we quickly slip into winter. So, start your engines ladies we’ve go work to do. Be sure to let us know what your fall sewing plans are!
Amanda Carestio, Senior Editor, @seamsandstone
I’ve spent the last year sewing basics and now I’m ready to have some fun. I still have a few basics on my list for fall but far fewer pants and far fewer cardigans (as in none!!!) than last year. At the end of last winter, I found I had slipped into a uniform, usually involving pants, cardigans and tanks. And I was so ready for summer makes – I feel like I wear a much greater variety of clothing in the summer. So this fall and winter, I’m focusing on outerwear and dresses and skirts that work for winter layering. I’m hoping, with some careful planning and layering (hello pinafores…finally!), I can make some of these items work through the winter and get me out of the pants/cardigan puzzle. Or I could simply be looking for an excuse to wear linen year-round…. Also, just putting it out there that I group fall and winter together, in terms of sewing. Most things I make for fall I planto wear through the winter as well.
First up, a few basics! For pants, I’m planning one pair of skinny jeans and two pairs of wide-leg trousers. For tops, I’m surprisingly low on long sleeves, so I’m planning a long-sleeved tee (or two) and at least one turtleneck. On my list, I’ve also got a black gauze blouse, a black hoodie and some kind of something with some yummy silk noil from my stash…I think I have a plan!
For outerwear, I’m planning two Wiksten Oversized Kimono Jackets (one for fall and one lined one for early winter). I’m also planning to sew an anorack vest as part of an upcoming sew along – stay tuned. And I’m going to try the dress/skirt thing with tights! I’m planning a navy button-up skirt, some kind of cozy cowl sweater dress in tan french terry and two pinafore-style dresses for layering.
My color palette for fall is solidly black and tan, with a side of caramel, olive, navy and more tan.
Kate Zaynard, Creative Editor
We’re going through some transitions at my house this year, so this fall is about using up fabric I already have (are USOs — Un-Started Objects — a thing?). The list starts with two projects that have been waiting for me to get around to them: a Roscoe Blouse in stripey fabric and a BurdaStyle Dress in a orchid-colored poly/rayon blend. Both patterns are ready to go; I just need the extra push to start cutting out (especially the dress, which is bias-cut).
I also have some muslin sitting around. The plan is to do THE PANTS THING: make a muslin of a pair of basic pants, fit them perfectly to my body, adjust the pattern accordingly, then use it as a sloper to ensure a good fit on all subsequent pants. It’s an intimidating prospect and I’ve been putting it off, so this fall I’m making it a goal to complete this project. I just need to find a good pants pattern to start with (suggestions welcome!).
A month or so ago I picked up some very-on-sale pineapple-print outdoor fabric that I’d love to combine with natural cork to make a Sallie Tomato Zippy Bag. But I don’t have the cork or the hardware, so it might wait until spring.
If I do end up buying some fabric, that will probably be at the top of the list. Also, my current favorite garment is my Cosmo maxi skirt from SBCC, and I’d love to make like five more — they’re great for cooler days because they’re long, but aren’t too warm on hot days. Also they’re incredibly comfortable. I’d also like to make a few more long-sleeved Lane raglans, an embroidered hoodie, and another of my all time favorite pattern, the Gallery dress and/or tunic.
Jill Case, Web Producer and Social Media, @denversewingcollective
My fall sewing plans are a bit more structured this year. I’ve really looked at what I want to sew and what I need.
What I want:
Duster: I plan on making one in a woven and one in a knit. The hard part so far is finding a
suitable pattern. I’ve been looking at indie patterns, out-of-print options as well as the big 4. I’ve also been looking and posting inspiration on my Instagram feed. I think for a woven I’m looking at a crushed velvet, possibly in a gold/mustard or green.
Short cropped jackets: For this I have a reproduction pattern from Simplicity. I really wanted to make in a blue nubby wool, but I don’t have enough. So, it will need to come from an organic silk/wool blend that I have lying around. Also, in the latest BurdaStyle there is a super cute jacket pattern that looks quite easy to sew up. I might make this in the golden wool seen in the photo.
What I need:
Knit tops/t-shirts: For these I’m going to use a Hey June pattern and the Itch to Stitch
turtleneck patterns. I need a silky grey turtle neck and that shiny grey fabric will do the job
Pants: I made a pair of chambray pants in Vogue 9302 and I love the fit so much that I’m going to make them in a brown linen.
My colors this year are moving towards browns, mustard/gold, and grey. What isn’t seen here but can be viewed on my blog is a video of all my selections so far. It’s really ambitious, but as long as I stay off social media and fabric stores I should be good.