Thank you all for your encouraging comments on my last post. It’s good to know it’s not just me that gets excited by a fast bit of sewing trickery! And hello to everybody who’s hopped over to read my blog for the first time – nice to meet you!
With one more week of the summer holidays left, I’ve been thinking about autumn sewing a lot recently. I’ve got a busy couple of months ahead. I’m selling my wares at two craft fairs and have a large order of wash bags to fulfil! Although pre-Christmas is probably the most lucrative time to sell, I’m trying to be realistic about how much time I’ll have to make stock AND make myself some autumn clothes. Consequently, my autumn sewing list has had to be realistic too. I’m keeping it simple and trying to use up as much of my fabric stash as I can….
Autumn shirt dress
I’ve only ever read good things from other sewing bloggers about Lisette patterns and view A of this shirt dress is definitely the one with my name on it. I’m taking a bit of a gamble and using my 1930’s look flowered charity shop fabric.
It could be a floral overload and some of the colours aren't really me (purple and orange?!) but I'll give it a go….
I desperately need another pair of trousers as my 1940’s wide legged ones are starting to get a bit bobbly with overuse. As soon as I saw this Flickr picture of Christi’s I knew I had to have a pair. I’m using Simplicity 2654, which looks a bit frumpy, but I’m hoping that once I’ve shamelessly copied Christi and added buttons it will have more of a retro look.
Fabric-wise I’m going to use a blue/black twill (or is that drill? I’m not sure) which I bought because of its lovely drape. When I washed it recently though, it came out of the machine practically dry – just like a football kit – which makes me think there’s more than a little polyester in the mix! Hopefully they won’t look too shiny. And before you pull me up on it, I'm not making another pair of navy trousers, blue/black is a different colour entirely.…
Grey wool jacket
I’m going to use my charity shop grey wool for my first attempt at a jacket, matched with a lovely teal coloured lining fabric.
I’ll probably only get round to making the muslin this side of Christmas but that’s fine.
I’m planning to make a plain collared jacket with princess seams using a pattern from this Built by Wendy book. I've been so impressed with this book and hopefully it will be a good starting point for a jacket rookie like myself. It goes through each step in a really thorough way: from tracing your initial pattern to sewing each seam and adding the lining. There’s also a troubleshooting section for fitting which will be useful.
On the reserve list is a black Beignet and a cord Ginger skirt but they can also wait until the other side of Christmas. It's now official, I'm getting an overlocker for Christmas (hoorah, hoorah, hoorah!!!) so there’s a whole different list of knit and stretch projects lined up for after I’ve worked out how to use it (gulp).
I’ve had the most lovely, chilled out summer with my boys, but after the initial wrench of them going back to school, I’ll be very pleased to get back to my machine! Have a good week. x