My Autumn/Winter sewing and knitting plans

My sewing has been in the doldrums recently, I just can’t seem to muster up the enthusiasm to start a new project. I think this is a tricky time of year, in the spring I can’t wait to get started on some Summer dresses but now, well I’m more than a little apprehensive about the dark nights and cold Winter days that lay before me. I decided that while I didn’t feel like doing any actual sewing I should spend my time planning and getting organised. I have put together a list of projects and have not only got the patterns but the fabric and all the notions to go with them. So I have no excuse, if I publish my list here then I’ll just have to get on with it! I really want to try and concentrate on getting the fit right with my makes so have decided to make at least two versions of each pattern, using the first as a wearable muslin before cutting into my more loved fabrics!

I’ve been meaning to try some Deer and Doe patterns for a while, the patterns are drafted with an hourglass figure in mind and so offer the prospect of being a good fit for me. I tried their free Plantain long sleeved tee pattern when it came out at the beginning of the year. I loved it so much I made three which were in constant rotation before I had to change it up for me made May. It’s one of those patterns that looks very simple but seems to be drafted by fairies, it fits perfectly around the shoulders and bust and then gently flares skimming the waist and hips (and in the process hiding any wobbly bits!) I’m planning on making at least two more of these and have this stripey knit and soft duck egg blue jersey as the first contenders.

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I have also realised that I could use another basic skirt pattern in my wardrobe and love the inverted pleats of the Chardon. I’ve had this purple cotton in my stash for a while, meaning to make another Kelly skirt which never happened. I will use this first as a wearable muslin before cutting into this leafy green cotton that I got while on holiday.

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I’ve seen so many Belladones around the blogesphere and have wanted to try it for ages. Although it is a sleeveless dress I’m hoping to be able to wear it layered up with a long sleeved tee, cardigan and wooly tights. I’m going to make it up first in this Navy cotton twill (both fabrics are darker in reality!) I think I will actually muslin the bodice before, a rare occurrence for me! Once I get the fit right I’ll give this Autumn flower fabric a go.

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The Lady Skater was something that I planned to do last year but never got around to. I bought this purple Ponte Roma for it (it’s darker than the picture shows, as are all the other pictures!) but it kept getting bumped down the list and before I knew it Spring was here and it was flowery dress time! I’ve since found this heavy denim blue knit so I’m hoping to have a couple of work horse knit dresses to see me through the colder months.

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I’ve made Simplicity 2444 once before, the fit was nearly spot on but I had a slight hunchback thing going on with the zip. I hadn’t made any adjustments and should really have shortened the bodice to take my short waistedness into account. It’s such a great pattern and I love how the diagonal waist darts mirror the pleats in the skirt. I’ve been putting this off but I think with a couple of tweaks this could become a TNT dress pattern. I bought this grey cotton well over a year ago with no particular plan in mind. The flowers have a velvety nap to them and I think it will lend itself well to an Autumn/Winter dress. I’ve also just recently got this purple tartan (I’m a sucker for tartan!) and in my head I think it might work well with those darts, it could turn out to be a disaster in reality but I’m willing to take the gamble!

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So that is my current plan, I’m going to try and focus and not get distracted by other new patterns but since I’ve drawn up my list Deer and Doe have released the Bruyere shirt! I haven’t got any fabric for this yet but really want to try and squeeze it in somewhere!

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My knitting plans are a little easier and more practical. I will be needing a new hat and really like the look of the Wiksten Jul hat:

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I’ll be needing some arm warmers to go with it and have a couple of options:

The Kumara arm warmers:

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Or possibly these slouchy gauntlets:

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And finally I’m planning to knit Kate Davies’ Owl sweater because it’s cute and will make me happy when I’m wearing it!

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So that’s the plan, I’ve decided to start with the Grey Simplicity as I really want a new dress to wear and hopefully I won’t have to do much to get the fit right!

What projects do you have in the pipeline for the Autumn?

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OWOP- a week of Scouts!

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Well One Week One Pattern is over and I made it through the week!  Thanks to Handmade Jane for hosting this year!  It was actually easier than expected and I think choosing the Grainline Scout tee gave me a lot more versatility.  Here’s what I wore:

Day One

Broderie Anglaise Scout with Denim Megan Nielsen Kelly Skirt

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I like this top, although I don’t think i’ll wear it tucked in again as it makes me look really short-wasted.  I saw a girl earlier in a white top which had scalloped edges along the hem and sleeves, this gave me the idea to add a scalloped broderie anglaise trim to this top, I feel it needs something and that might be it!

Day two

Black sparkly knit Scout

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This fabric called to me in a kinda ‘ooh sparkly’ way!  It has a lovely drape to it and even though I rarely have occasion to wear sparkly tops I had to have it (I got some in a Chartreuse Green too). I had wanted to see how the Scout tee looked in a knit fabric and it worked really well.  I spent the day purging wardrobes and sorting uniforms but really enjoyed wearing this around the house!

Day three

Knit Scout tee with Colette Zinnia Skirt

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Another knit Scout although in a much finer fabric.  This turned out to be quite sheer so I had to wear a came underneath.  Not quite sure that the Zinnia is working for me here though, there’s a bit too much fabric going on in that skirt.

Day four

Sparkly Scout tee (again) and Grainline Moss Mini

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I think this is my favourite outfit of the week.  I’ve hardly worn this Moss skirt since I made it but it was really comfortable and I think it works well with my short stature.  I will wear it more often now and maybe make more to wear with woolly tights through the winter.

Day five

Green embroidered Scout with Miette cardigan

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This is my favourite Scout and has been worn a lot.  It’s a lovely fine pale green cotton with cream embroidery.  Wore it at work with my old faithful green Miette cardigan and jeans.

Day six

Blue Voile Scout and Chambray Hollyburn Skirt

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This Scout gave me the most trouble while I was making it, it’s a silk and cotton blended voile and very fine.  I used French seams throughout, the side seams and the neck binding went together ok but I really struggled setting in the sleeves.  I had a couple of puckers but there was no way to unpick them without completely ruining the top. I think I was rushing to get it finished and should have left it until the morning but you know how it goes! Anyway, I finished the sleeves the best I could and you can’t really notice the puckers (but I know they are there!) Again this was a very sheer fabric so I wore a slip underneath to preserve my modesty!

Day seven

Black and cream Scout tee and purple Miette cardigan

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Another well worn Scout, it’s a polyester fabric and a little bit slippy.  I added satin bias binding to the neckline as a contrast and also to stabilise it a bit better. Worn with my other faithful Miette.

And so there you go.  I’ve really enjoyed this challenge and it’s been wonderful seeing everybody else’s outfits around the blogosphere, kinda like a mini me made May!  I think it’s really tested the versatility of this pattern, it’s worked well in a variety of fabrics.  I love the knit versions, especially the black sparkly one, this will probably be my go to TNT t-shirt pattern now.

Did you join in with OWOP and if so how did you get on?  How well did your pattern work for you?

 

 

 

 

 

One Week One Pattern (otherwise know as owop!)

Tomorrow sees the start of One Week One Pattern, a sewing challenge, hosted this year by Handmade Jane. The concept is to wear one pattern for a whole week.

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I do enjoy a good sewing challenge and this will test how versatile a pattern can be, just by changing the type of fabric, print or simply styling.

I have opted for the Grainline Scout woven tee, I needed to pick something practical because I will be wearing jeans for at least three days of the week at work (trust me, digging and pruning in a dress is a no no!)  I already have three versions of the Scout in my wardrobe, all of which are woven. I wanted to see how the pattern translates to other fabrics so I have made three more; two knit versions and one in a very light cotton/silk blend. I will be posting slightly blurry bathroom selfies on Instagram (justsewtherapeutic) with the hashtag #owop14. I’ll also do a round-up post with pictures of each Scout modelled on Doris so you can see what they look like without all the blurriness!

Really looking forward to this and especially seeing what everyone else is wearing!

 

Are you taking part and if so which pattern have you picked?