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Fall/Winter 2012-13
sewing plans for the cold season
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Date: 8/18/12 10:59 AM

It is probably just the drought, but some of the trees here have a few leaves that are starting to turn. What are you planning to sew for the fall?


My ambitious plans (usually I finish about 50-70% of them):

Pants.
Casual jeans or similar in a slightly stiff olive textured cotton from Fabric Mart. I don't really want to sew jeans, but I don't have any other patterns for pants that work with this type of fabric. And Burda 8408 really is a good jeans pattern.

Slacks for work in wool gabardine. I have two brown gabardines and a black suiting that are destined for lined slacks. Had to buy a replacement for my favorite pattern after I misplaced one of the major pattern pieces in the wrong envelope - but I am not giving up my low-rise pants.

Knit Tops

Basic tops, probably using a raglan sleeve Sewing Workshop pattern for the solid knit and something a little more interesting for the print. Probably I should make some more knit tops, because it seems like all I really ever want to sew is....

Jackets!

Color-blocked work jacket in a fantastic thrift store two-tone wool suiting.

Short-sleeved jacket topper in a winter white novelty wool

Embellished jacket in a fulled wool knit, I plan to do some form of needle felting on it.

Drapey green crepe jacket - can't decide on a pattern yet. I have made the Mizono in a handmade wool felt, but it also recommends crepe for a very different jacket. OTOH, I have had the Lauren Sara pattern and wanted to make it for years, the jacket with the high cut front and curved low back hem.

Lightweight wool knit jacket with long sleeves. Just got this knit at Fabric Mart, am thinking of making the jacket and then dip-dyeing the lower hem because the color is kind of boring as-is.

Doubleknit jacket in a pale maize wool. Lovely fabric, but the color is a bit too pale for me. I have not decided yet what to do with it, as dyeing this much yardage in wool is difficult to do well. I might also be able to find a pattern where I could use a contrast trim in a different color.

Crazy patch dupioni jacket. The fabric is really fun, but very very busy. I am thinking of the wrap jacket on the Burda pattern with a contrast solid color belt, but I am not sure if it would be overwhelming. OTOH, I am only likely to wear this fabric to something like a fun party, so maybe it doesn't matter...

Mustard wool Miyake coat Just got this fabric (also $1.99/yd) at Fabric Mart, a heavy wool coating. I have tons of it and plan to use most for re-enacting, but I have enough to make this Miyake coat as well. Not like I really need another coat, but it might be good to have a heavier weight coat that is knee-length.


eta: This looks like a lot, but most of the jackets (except for the Miyake coat and the Burda colorblocked jacket) are quick and easy. I might end up adding one or two work shirts to this list if I start feeling more ambitious since I have some very nice shirtings in my stash.
-- Edited on 8/18/12 11:01 AM --

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Date: 8/18/12 8:40 PM

Wow! You are super organized! And you read my mind, I was just thinking about a thread like this. Taking a break from the lined jacket contest and working on vogue 1314 easy dress, I finished the lining to check fit and just have the sleeves and neckband to cut out. fabric here.

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Date: 8/20/12 10:16 AM

I have tons of fabric waiting to be sewn this fall. If recent trends predict future results, I will commence my projects in December and finish a few items by February, at which point I should be starting my Spring sewing. Which, of course, I won't, so I'll be in the same predicament next summer. The plus side of this is that I have almost-new clothes to wear the following year!

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Date: 8/20/12 3:52 PM

those are some great projects, I have already started working on winter fall things, I made a faux sued lined skirt for DD, and a faux suede vest for DH and a nice wool jacket for myself. I am now working on some Courdoroy pants for DH and then a pair of winter pants for myself, I haven't decided yet. All I know is I am done sewing for warm weather

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Date: 8/20/12 4:16 PM

I was just at my favorite fabric store and the fall fabrics are arriving. We were discussing how I much prefer fall sewing. I love layering and am ready to make a few jackets. I need to look through patterns and fabrics to see what I want to do.

The fabric store had some sweater knits that might be interesting to try

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Date: 8/20/12 5:29 PM

I just love all the colors and texture in your wardrobe. I think I need to start shopping at Fabric Mart!

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Date: 8/20/12 7:53 PM

Quote: couturemom
I have tons of fabric waiting to be sewn this fall. If recent trends predict future results, I will commence my projects in December and finish a few items by February, at which point I should be starting my Spring sewing. Which, of course, I won't, so I'll be in the same predicament next summer. The plus side of this is that I have almost-new clothes to wear the following year!

Hahaha, I make plans (like above), start working on some of the items, get sidetracked by different new projects, cut out a whole bunch of things all at once, and then end up with piles of cut-but-unsewn projects that sit around until they are the wrong season. Then I put new piles on top!

Usually if I start sewing something, I will finish it relatively quickly unless there is a problem, like cutting a hole in the middle of the front piece or not-enough-buttons-and-Joann-won't-restock.

Judy, a large portion of my stash is from Fabric Mart....be warned!

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Date: 8/23/12 2:55 AM

speaking of FM, I finished my dress! Vogue 1314 review
Now to get back to the lined jacket contest!

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Date: 8/23/12 5:11 AM

For Autumn/winter planning some long sleeve blouses and a 40's Suit primarily.

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Date: 8/23/12 6:15 PM

Tops, tops, tops!

Unfortunately for me (because I love fall), there is no fall in Houston. Fall and spring are pretty much summer (just spring has fewer hurricanes). I miss the leaves (and the sweaters and wool jackets, and flannel and layers) of upstate NY. But I do't miss winter enough yet to go back to a place that has a good fall, lol.

So that means all my clothes need to be wearable in 90+ heat in the parking lot, as well as 70 (or lower) a/c temps. I have found I prefer light weight wovens and short to 3/4 length sleeves. Now I need some lightweight toppers or pieces that I can layer.

Am just finishing the "long" sleeve version of S2183 (really more like 3/4 sleeves) in a nice spring green for the lined jacket contest. I have at least 3 fabrics that will coordinate with it that need to be made into something. The first is a graphic mostly B&W print with a teeny bit of neon pink and green - I only have a yard because it was supposed to line the jacket. Then I discovered that even wrong sides together, you could still see the print through the green fabric. That may turn into my second Sorbetto. I have a small floral and 2 plaids that may turn into a Burda JJ blouse, a View C of S2892, and some other yet to be determined top - probably S1806 View B (side ruffles seem to be popular this season). I have also seen some interesting peplum tops - that began as dress patterns. This one especially, but it got me wondering what I could do with the Colette Truffle dress or the coffee date dress.

The other thing I need is a nightwear wardrobe, I would like to make up a whole bunch of everything (including the robe) in M5248 in coordinating flannels. But I have to feel them to be sure I'd want to sleep in them - and at my last trip to JoAnn's was unable to find more than pairs that coordinated. Hobby Lobby seems to think flannel = baby. The next closest fabric stores are at least an hour away.

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