Friday, 27 November 2015

Winter Sewing Plans

Winter is upon us, and there's a blanket of white snow now.  So, I'm definitely not in the mood for sewing summer dresses.  In addition to knitting, I've been thinking about planning out what to sew this winter.  Here are a few of my ideas.  I'm not sure if I'll sew them all but seeing as winter is the longest season for us; it's not entirely impossible.

The first one is McCall's 7014.  I've actually just started "muslining" this one.  I'm doing view A, which is the sleeveless straight skirt variation.  I'm also interested in view C and D or maybe even view A with sleeves.  This is a lined dress which, when made with wool and paired with cozy leotards would be perfect for winter!

 This is the fabric that I'm planning on using for the dress.  It's a stretch wool fabric.  This is a close-up photo to show the tiny herringbone pattern.  From afar it actually just looks like a dark brown fabric.

 I'd also like to make my husband a nice tailored sports coat.  I found this Burda pattern that I thought was nice.  I'm not so sure about the distracting fabric choice for the model in the photo for view B, but that's why we have line drawings, right?

 The next one is Vogue 8643 which is a vintage reprint. I've wanted to make myself this apron for a long time, but there's always something else that bumps it down the queue.  It should be a really easy project to whip up too.  I like view E, which is the full apron with the really cute front bib with eyelet ruffling.  I love vintage aprons, and I think it would look incredible in a small floral print.

Speaking of vintage, I really love vintage jackets.  In particular, 1940s jackets.  There are no modern patterns that can compare.  1940's jackets are very flattering.  They button up higher and have a more fitted feminine shape.  I have this pattern that I used to make my vintage wool skirt in a cashmere wool fabric.  I believe I have enough of that fabric to make the matching jacket.  I definitely would make the jacket on the left.

 And, last but not least if there's time, I would like to make a long sleeved dress like this.  Check out this fitting video by the designer Melissa Watson.  She's wearing the dress in the video, and it looks lovely on her.

That's about it for now.  Things may change, and I don't think I'll finish all of these projects especially with my knitting and quilting on the side.  But at least I have a general guide, so there will always be something on my sewing table during the winter.

Here's a photo of some of my succulents planted together in a little community.  They seem pretty happy together, and they keep me company in my sewing room.

Thanks for reading my blog and

Happy Sewing!

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