Saturday, 13 September 2014

As thoughts turn to Autumn

What is your favourite season? It is a difficult decision for me but there is something about Autumn. Mainly because lower temperatures, tights, boots, and stews are early indicators for the excitement that the last few month of the year bring - our anniversary, birthdays (me and my best friend are five days apart) and, of course, Christmas. However this year, I wasn't looking as forward to as normal. 

There's only one reason - my autumnal wardrobe is dull. And I mean dull - duller than dish water. For work I have the choice of black, brown or dark blue skirts and trousers and a small number of colourful tops. Not inspiring - not at all. In fact, it needs a complete overhaul but my thoughts have been complete chaos. Enter the Fall Essentials Sew-Along hosted by Sarah and Lisette to provide a little structure. I love it when, as if by magic, other sewists come to the rescue. 

The sew-along has seven categories and you can pick and choose which ones to participate in. My first thought was I'll make everything! And then reality set in. September to December is my busiest time of year and I doubt it will be possible for me to cover all the categories. I don't want to put pressure on myself with self-imposed deadlines and over ambitious plans - that just sucks the fun out of sewing. So below is my wish-list for a few of the categories and we'll see how I get on. If I make one, then great! If it is more, bonus! 

Fashionable Foundations for Frosty Weather: "Anything that keeps your lower portion fashionably cozy fits perfectly here!" 

Just the one pattern here: the Juniper trousers. I need to replace my black work trousers and I desperately need trousers for home. Time to stop thinking about these and get on with them. 

Juniper Trousers
Chic Chemises for Cool Climates: "Blouses, tops, vests, cardigans, and sweaters! These wardrobe essentials can carry you from day to night, not to mention provide necessary layering to keep out the chill." 

Two patterns are screaming for my attention at the moment. The White Russian sweater by Capital Chic. Apart from university hoodies I don't have a sweater that I like to wear. I picked up some beautiful green fabric from the swap at the Leeds meet recently that will work perfectly. The second pattern is the Bruyere shirt from Deer and Doe. Words fail me - I honestly cannot tell you how much I love this pattern and how much it needs to be in my wardrobe now. Trouble is, I can't buy either yet. I've just signed up for a 5k and both patterns are rewards for sticking to my training schedule. Mean but effective! 

White Russian                                                                                         Bruyere
Oh, and I need some white blouses at some point. Perhaps one will be my first self drafted pattern. 

Fabulous Frocks: I don't need to explain this one, do I? I'm currently working on perfecting the fit for the Nicola dress by Victory Patterns. The bodice needs a little more tweaking and then I'm away. I'm also seriously tempted by By Hand London's Georgia but again, she's part of my fitness regime so who knows what will happen! 

Nicola                                                                                            Georgia
Those Cozy Nights: you got it, sleep wear of any type.

I don't have any particular patterns in mind here. Ideally I would complete a pair of pyjamas and a silky dressing robe to get my through until it is time for my fleecy one. Any suggestions for patterns? 

So tell me, what are you planning for autumn?


  1. Sounds like you've got a good plan sorted! I keep having too many ideas of what I want to sew - I need to narrow them down a bit! For nightwear patterns, I've got a book called And Sew To Bed that's quite good. There are actually 2 different books called that, I wrote a review of the one I've got here if you want to get an idea about what's in it

    1. Thanks for the recommendation. It seems there are some good patterns in that book - I might have to add it to my wish list! Good luck in narrowing down your pattern choice.

  2. I love that shirt! Good way to motivate your training :)

    1. Thanks, Liz. It seems to be working so far. It is bribery but in a good way!

  3. What excellent motivation for training - good luck with it. This challenge sounds great, although we in the Southern Hemisphere are just gearing up for warm weather sewing now! Maybe I can do some Spring versions of those categories...

    1. I'm sure you can! I think they have turned the categories into spring versions so everyone can join in the fun.

  4. Well I'm already underway with my FESA plans, but I keep seeing that Bruyere cropping up and getting tempted to add a little extra one on to the list!
    The Nicola pattern looks like it would make a lovely going out dress, I look forwards to seeing your finished version!

    1. Thanks, Lucy. Good luck with your plans - looking forward to seeing them.

  5. Lovely autum sewing plans, Claire. I actually hadn't time yet to think about autumn sewing but the gruyere will be definitively on my list as soon as I'm pulling it up :) I'm very impressed that you are going to run a 5k! Good look and have fun and think about the patterns at the finish line ;) when will it be?

    1. Yay for pulling the Bruyere up the list! The run is on 25th October - plenty of time to get some practice in and not too long to wait for the patterns...


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