As the first leaves start to turn yellow and the days get shorter I find myself thinking about longer sleeves and comfy woolen things to wear for autumn. So I’ve collected my autumn/winter sewing plans and made some little line drawings for your and my improved visualization and enjoyment.
As you can see, I’ve bought fabrics already for most of my planned projects and some of them are even in various stages of completion. Yeah for an early start to autumn sewing!
Let’s go through them one by one, shall we?
I’m in desperate need of a non-black cardigan. I kid you not when I tell you that I have zero cardigans that aren’t black. And some of the ones I own I’ll have to toss out anyway because they are falling apart at the seams. Plus, although I love dark muted colors a splash of yellow/mustard is a great way to go with my largely blue/black winter wardrobe. Also another box to tick on my wardrobe architect challenge.
About the pattern:
I like the pattern and bought it in the $1 ($3 for non-subscribers) sale last week. It seems to be a bit oversized and comfy and since I have enough close fitting cardis that’s a thing I’d like to try anyway. It might even be a nice thing to wear as outerwear over a long sleeved shirt as long as it is not yet super cold outside.
About the fabric:
I bought the nice dark-yellow-mustard(?) knit fabric at the fabric market at Maybachufer like all the other fabrics in this post with the exception of the navy coating fabric. That’s from stoffe.de. All of them were pretty cheap so for once sewing comes quite a bit cheaper then buying RTW. Some of the venders at the market sadly don’t know the fiber contents of their fabrics. The woman selling me the yellow knit told me it was wool and that is certainly not the case. It didn’t feel like wool at all and I suspect a significant percentage of acrylic or something like that. But it was pretty, felt good enough to the touch and was a bargain so I went for it anyways.
I’m very much a jersey top person. I own a few tunics and such but not one single dressy blouse. That’s not because I don’t like blouses but because my arms are so damn long that as an adult I’ve never been able to find a nice looking blouse that fit me well in the sleeves. I’m very much looking forward to change that.
About the pattern:
I’m I wrong or did the Granville pattern get much more love than the Oakridge? I looked for sewn up examples before but only managed to find very few. I might give the Granville a go in the future but I’m much more in love with the Oakridge. I love the bow and general style of the neckline. I think pussy-bow blouses can look costumy and old-fashioned and I like Sewaholics more modern and relaxed take on that.
About the fabric: 2€/m nice and drapey viscose fabric that needs very little ironing. Awesome!
About the pattern:
This pattern is from the latest La Maison Victor magazine. In the magazine it is made up in a light blue Jersey and looks horrible on the model. I hope I can do better witch the wool coating. I really need a coat for the colder but not yet freezing days and I really want a loose style that can be worn with or without a belt so I’ll give this a try. I’ve newer sewn a LMV pattern before so let’s see how good of an experience it will be.
About the fabric:
The fabric is good quality wool coating from stoffe.de with an 80% wool content for as little as 8€/m if I remember correctly. I love the dark blue and it’s also woven in diagonals although that is not visible on the picture I’m afraid. Lovely stuff.
Sewaholic Oakridge Dress
I really like flannel shirts and I like shirt dresses … you see where this is going, right? After printing, assembling and cuttingand then flat-measuring the Oakridge I’m pretty sure it’ll fit me pretty well straight out of the envelope (minor changes, like lengthening sleeves and bodice is a thing I’ll always have to do). So once I tried and adjusted the fit on the blouse I’ll just have to lengthen the pieces and voila a dress. I really like the kind of shirt dresses that have a higher curve on the side seams and go lower in the back and front seam (not sure how that’s called). So altering this pattern seems like a good way to go.
About the fabric:
Flannel. Nice flannel. Most certainly 100% cotton flannel. When I first touched it at the marked I knew that I had to get it instantly. You just want to pet it. It is the softest. For some stupid reason flannel is usually super expensive in Germany and so for the price of 4€/m I couldn’t say no. I bought way more than needed for this project but I’m thinking pajama pants… possibly more than one pair.
Ottobre 5/2015 – 9
I need pants. I don’t only want to wear skirts in winter. But pants fitting is hard. This is a problem that has led to many failed attempts (muslins) in the past. We shall see if I can conquer this in the near future. Maybe this pattern will work well for me? Fingers crossed.
For the fabric I’m thinking some cheap wool suiting for a muslin and then possibly wool crepe for the final garment? Stay tuned for future pants-sucesses/disasters.
Oh, also this issue of Ottobre is a very strong one in my opinion, get it if you can.
I have quite a few Jersey dresses but they are also the garment I wear most often. Some of my RTW jersey dresses are quite old and start to fall apart so now might be a good time to start replacing them.
About the pattern: This seems to be a fairly simple pattern with very few pieces and a simple a-line shape. If I can get a good fit I suspect I would wear a dress like that quite a lot in the winter. I like the neckline on me and as long as it’ll fit well through the hips this could be a great staple.
About the fabric: This is a thick and stable Interlock jersey, a cotton/poly blend I suspect. (Again, no knowledge about that from the seller). It feels nice to the touch but I’m not super convinced the small scale flowers will look great on me. We’ll see.
About the pattern/fabric:
I love the style of this pattern. I like shirt dresses. I’m not super convinced about the full skirt on me yet but I really want to try it. I have this nice lightweight chambray fabric and I’m thinking red buttonholes. The fabric might be to thin for winter but layering is always an option so I think I might do it anyway.
I want to make my own jeans. Desperately. Jeans usually fit me kind of well through the bum and thigh areas but are always way to short and tight at the calves. So I really want to give making my own ones a try. I hope this might be a bit easier to fit than a normal pant because of the skinny-ness/stretchiness. Plus I could compare it roughly to a RTW pair I own in an effort not to be totally off. Also, I now own a machine that is actually able to handle thick fabrics. I will give this a try sometime this winter but it might take me some months to actually attempt this.
It is quite possible that I’ll change my mind about some of those makes and add multiple others to the list. But for now I feel happy with the projects thus far and I’m sure I won’t be bored on those cold and dark winter evenings.
What are your sewing plans for the cold months?