I don't know about you, but fall is my all-time favourite season. Especially living in Canada, the colours are stunning, the weather is perfect for a light jacket and everything is pumpkin spice flavoured.
When I started sewing seriously (read: compulsively) in the spring, I LOVED making colourful spring and summer dresses. I have a dress for every occasion:
- Grandmas 84th birthday and pool party! (check)
- Garden party at the Irish Ambassador's house! (check)
- High School bestie's bachelorette party concert! (check)
- Lunch with my inlaws! (check)
- Escape room at the Diefenbunker! (check)
... Because lets be honest, each of those occasions needs its own perfect dress.
But now as we move into fall, I'd really like to start taking a balanced, planned approach to my wardrobe. I also would like to be a bit more thrifty. By planning out my fall sewing "wishlist" I can keep an eye out for fabrics that will all work together in one cohesive wardrobe and (hopefully) allow me to resist the urge to buy something, that although beautiful, may only be worn on that "one special occasion". It's an effort to wear more me-made everyday and to make use of what I have.
To come up with a list, I was inspired by the most recent issue of Seamwork Magazine (and the July issue too), which encourages you to to develop your "Style Signatures".
I started by taking a look at my current fall wardrobe. What colours do I wear a lot of? How would I describe my style? What pieces would be a nice addition? What should I retire?
I like to describe my style as "Grandma Chique", and the colours that populate my fall wardrobe are forest green, navy and denim blue, mustard yellow and burgundy red. Throw in some other basics (tan, white, black), and I had a colour scheme to focus on.
Next I looked through Pinterest and created a board specific to fall fashion. Which silhouettes did I like best? What patterns, textures and shapes? Here's an example of what I came up with:
Next I went through all the patterns that I have and leftover fabric I have from other projects. Which of these could I include in my fall wardrobe that reflect my style, my Pinterest and colour palette.
And finally I also included some patterns I don't have - maybe I have the perfect pattern but not the fabric - or vice versa. By planning this, I hope to keep an eye out on sales to make the purchase at the perfect time.
So below you can see my (horrible) drawings of what I'm picturing for fall (see "Moto jacket" illustration if you need convincing).
Please ignore my breakfast crumbs.
Now, will I get to everything on this list - realistically- no. But it's definitely worth having options so that I stay inspired, motivated and keep an eye out for that perfect fabric.
The patterns and fabric I've decided on (for now) include the following:
- Mia Jeans in a dark wash denim (Sew Over It)
- Plaid Alex Shirt Dress in a brushed flannel - my fav. (Sew over it)
- Silk Cami - I figured this is a good pattern for using up scraps while creating coordinating basics (Sew Over it)
- Rowan Bodysuit - White V-neck (Megan Nielson)
- Rowan Turtle or Crew neck - forest green (Megan Nielson)
- Plaid crop top - a mix of the Ultimate shift dress top and New Look 6431 to include the pleats at the top.
- Plaid skirt - forest green and navy blue (Self-Drafting)
- Button Front Erin Skirt - either in a burgandy or tan corduroy (Sew Over It)
- Midi Button Front Embroidered Rayon Denim Skirt (NewLook6014 - a retro pattern from my mother in law)
- Blackwood Cardigan - likely in an off-white (Helen's Closet)
- Moto Jacket in a tan colour (Not sure of Pattern yet - Maybe Ziggi Jacket by Style Arc or the Biker Jacket from Burda Style)
- Kelly Anorak - colour TBD (Closet Case Patterns)
-Cropped Astoria Sweater - mustard yellow, a straight-up blatant copy of Jessica Lorraine's beautiful Astoria (Seamwork)
- More plaid shirts. All the plaid. (Rosa Shirt from Tilly and the Buttons and/or Alex Shirt from Sew Over it)
- Pussy bow Blouse in a nice burgundy (Sew Over it)
- A loud fall print Moneta - or other jersey dress (Colette)
- Ultimate Trousers in Navy (Sew Over it)
- Manila Leggings (Seamwork)
- Either a Nancy Dress (Sew Over it) or Orsola Dress (By Hand London) in this beautiful black, green and purple floral fabric I have in my stash.
... Wish me luck and follow along here/on Instagram (@floralsflannels) to see how I do :)
Self-taught sewist, Knitter, Crocheter, and all round crafty person from Ottawa, Canada.