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Date: 11/10/13 12:50 PM

I love fall fashion, but it is always geared for an office lifestyle. And I really need to wear things that are a little easier to care for. My kids aren't babies, but they do still occasionally mess up my clothes. I do a lot of cooking and cleaning up and simply have to be a little practical. I don't want to be at the dry cleaner much. However, I do very much like to look put together. For some reason, it get stumped for fall fabric ideas. Cord, denim......?

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Subject: Fall/winter wardrobe fabrics for a moms life Date: 11/11/13 7:46 AM

How about washable fabrics in interesting colors and prints. Then make interesting shapes. I live in casual pants and colored jeans, with unique tops. Accessories make a versatile wardrobe, scarf infinity tubes are my favorite right now.

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Subject: Fall/winter wardrobe fabrics for a moms life Date: 11/11/13 9:37 AM

Besides coats and blazers, I have about 2 things that I dry clean. Dry Cleaners prices here are astronomical.

Denim, knits and like Dawn sad, accessorize.

My favorite clothing items for fall are cardigans and jackets. They allow me to wear all of my fun summer tanks and layering is always fun.

A bright tank with jeans and a cardigan. Add jewelery or a scarf to accessorize.

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Date: 11/11/13 12:44 PM

I have a toddler and while I often wear washable stuff, it's not totally practical. And I prewash my rayons, so they go back into the washer later, but I iron clothes, plus I wear a lot of charmuese because I like it.

What I wore this week was rayon challis, poly charmuese, slinky knits, rayon knits, RPL, poly and cotton (blends and not) knits/wovens, corduroy, twill (poly, cotton, wool blends and not), faille (poly/cotton blend) and nylon.

I don't care for jeans and tend to wear skirts/dresses more then not, although I do wear pants/jeans.

Some are solids, some are prints and I tend to use edgier (I live in small town America where fashion forward is wearing a button down with 2 buttons undone) styles for where I live. It helps to keep the put together look without going into frumpy territory.

Today I have on a top view A out of a rayon knit and this skirt out of a wool/poly blend knit. Shoes can be flats/heels/boots (and if I leave my house I'll figure that out) but I can play, clean and do all kinds of stuff without having to worry about looking like I am the mom of a busy, busy toddler and losing myself in the process.

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Date: 11/12/13 5:48 PM

I am in the same boat as you. I am always at a loss for NON dry clean only fabric and clothing. Where I live dry cleaning is outrageous. It used to be fairly cheap when we lived in the city. I guess things being close. But out here in the middle of nowhere, not only do you have to drive 20 minutes to get to a dry cleaner, you then have to pay the middle man and wait 3 and 4 days for turn around.

While I think corduroy and denim are typical "fall" fabrics, I think if you go with fall colors in any fabric you can get the feel of fall.

Personally I love fabric shopping and when I run across fabric that is not dry clean only that I love, I pounce on it. I also wear a lot of layers in the fall and winter. That may have to do with the fact we heat with an actual stove in our house, so it can get hot in our house in the middle of winter and I like being able to put on or take of a nice cardigan or a wrap. I love having cardigans, even if they are made from a sheer fabric or burn out that has to be hand-washed and hung to dry (of course hand-washed in the machine, I am a mom with other things to do). This also helps when a messy task comes up. I have two kids, 3 and 4 . One is always into something. This afternoon was strawberry creamcheese on my shirt from DS, yesterday was cleaning up the fingerpaint from DD's school project. We also live in a very rural area and have a fairly rural life so things get messy around here often. I really prefer everything to be wash, dry, and ready to wear.

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Date: 11/12/13 5:59 PM

In the fall I'm a jeans and loose shirt over a long-sleeved tee kind of gal. When my daughter left Starbucks last year, I inherited her aprons and started wearing them over my clothes to save on wear and tear and just for fun. Now I am happily anticipating making an elaborate hostess apron to go over my holiday finery (that is to say my best Wranglers) when people come over to the house.

I also like rayon challis and wool/linen/cotton mixes (not necessarily all in one garment!). I wash and dry the heck out of fabric before I make anything so shrinkage is not a problem.

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Date: 11/12/13 9:11 PM

I don't mind hand washing and I have a pile of cardis too. But now that I'm way past the breast feeding years, I would like to expand beyond just cardis. I want some comfy winter dresses that are as cute as my spring ones. Spring is just so much easier because everything is cotton and linen, you know? Also, it's like fall fashion is either super casual or super office-y and I prefer something in between.

I'm starting to think I need more silk. It's warm and it can be washed. Buy rayon is nice too.

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Date: 11/13/13 12:09 PM

Definitely Hitachi sweater knits. They are surprisingly easy to sew. I just made Butterick 5954 (http://butterick.mccall.com/b5954-products-47647.php?page_id=875) in the plain version pictured here.



It's extremely simple and very flattering to a number of different body types. I think the fancy front version (two pieces that basically overlap each other) might even work well for nursing moms! Kind of a built-in modesty cover!

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Date: 11/13/13 4:20 PM

Knits.

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Date: 11/13/13 4:57 PM

A first grade teacher is in my small group at church. She is absolutely adorable and comes to our Tuesday night dinners straight from school.

I wish I could take a picture of her each Tuesday night. She wears jeans and cords but takes the time to top them with a shirt or top, necklace and a jacket or sweater. She's been with small children all day but still looks put together.

I'm taking notes as I watch her!

The last two outfits - jeans with a black knit T (I think it was gray and black stripes) and an athletic looking black jacket. She had a silver necklace that looked like overlapping O's cascading. Her jeans were belted and her T was tucked in.

Last night was red cords and a red print button down blouse. Her necklace was a large silver circle hanging from a thin strip of leather tied around her neck. I know she wore a jacket but I can't remember what it was.

I've noticed that everything she wears fits well - she doesn't wear sloppy or baggy clothes.

Anyway she's wearing the same pieces I own but I just throw on a baggy T shirt, tennis shoes (that are really meant for the gym) and a baggy shapeless hoodie. I think her outfits really shine because she takes time to make sure they fit more closely and then she belts her pants, tucks in her shirts, and takes time to accessorize.

The night she wore the black jacket, jeans and striped T she mentioned they had been on a field trip to a ranch and that she felt pretty ragged. I kept thinking "No - you look like you just showered and dressed - with a personal stylist."

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