I’ve been a bit ebb and flow on the posting lately, but if there’s one thing I know, it’s that this is a fantastic idea:
And, I know many of you are participating or have seen it around already, but I just needed to put my 2 cents in. FAB IDEA.
For those of you not familiar, this is a bloggy sew and knit-along for all things Fall! There’s a list of seven suggested categories, but you get to make or not make whatever in tarnation you damn well please. Here are they are:
1. Fashionable Foundations for Frosty Weather: lower body separates (pants, skirts, leggings, etc.)
2. Chic Chemises for Cool Climates: upper body separates (Blouses, tops, vests, cardigans, and sweaters)
3. Fabulous Frocks: DRESSES
4. Underneath It All: undergarments (bras, undies, slips, etc.)
5. Tender Tootsies: foot related accessories (socks and slippers)
6. Those Cozy Nights: sleepwear
7. Baby It’s Cold Outside: outerwear and accessories (coats, hats, mittens, scarves, etc.)
So, what’s on my docket for FESA? Let’s explore category by category:
Fashionable Foundations for Frosty Weather
I have two unblogged pairs of these that I made last year that I love. NEED MORE LEGGINGS.
Next, some real pants:
I would like to make some woven pants that actually fit, and these are on my “to conquer” list since my last attempt over two years ago. Shit is about to get real with the weather, and I can’t be flouncing about in subzero Hell of Wisconsin in skirts and dresses. I bought the book Pants for Real People to aid in my journey. Please pray for my soul and my sanity. Backup woven pant pattern suggestions?
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I’ve also had this pattern for quite a while and have been meaning to give jeans-making a try. I want to make these more than I want to make the Thurlows, but I have a lot of jeans and very few other types of woven pants.
Chic Chemises for Cool Climates
When McCall’s released this jacket/legging pattern with their late Fall collection, I knew it had to be mine. I just love a good fitted athletic jacket. Still undecided whether this will be a hoodie or not; all I know for sure is I will not be making the one with the ruffles and lace overlay wings (view C).
I really like this cardi, even if it does reminds me of the robe-ish cardigans that were popular in the early 2000s. This is a bit shorter than most of those were, which will hopefully allow its wear-ability not depend solely on current trends. So, I shall be making one! As of now, I’m planning to use a great white and black Maggy London doubleknit I bought from Fabric Mart. I also really dig the pants that come with this pattern, but am trying to stick to the woven pant train; it’s just too easy to keep making knit pants, which doesn’t allow me to broaden my horizons.
If time allows:
The top version of this pattern, to do sizing prep for making the dress version at a later date.
I made a sleeveless version of this dress for my cousin’s bachelorette party and decided immediately that I would need a sleeved one made of wool jersey for the Fall/Winter.
Underneath It All
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I’ve owned all of the bits and bobs necessary to make up a bra for at least a year, but probably longer. It’s high time to just do it. This has high potential of being a “meh” instead of a “WOOHOO!” It’ll definitely be a fitting and sewing learning curve.
I’ve knitted up many pairs of socks in my day with fun, crazy cables and pretty lace, but I have come to realize that the most comfy handknit socks are the really blah ones to knit. I have more of these Plain Vanillas in my sock drawer (this pic is of the first pair I completed in January 2012) than fancy ones, for sure. And so, I shall make another pair of boring-ass socks out of vibrant sock yarn that I will love. :)
Those Cozy Nights
I don’t really need any sleepwear right now, so I’m gonna pass on this category. I do have one idea of a piece I’ve wanted to make for a while, but will only whip it up if time allows.
Baby It’s Cold Outside
I bought the fabric and pattern for this jacket this Spring but didn’t get it put together yet. I’ll be using a really, really soft dark purple cuddle fleece and some dark gray ripstop nylon that I got from Fabric Mart.
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So yeah, hoping to get all 8-9 of these lovely garments finished in the next seven weeks (I already have some done; I started on October 1, but had other things I wanted to post before this!). I feel like the list is a bit jacket and cardigan heavy, so I may make some pattern substitutions.
I can usually churn out one garment a week fairly easily, and a bit more if I push myself. I very much considered making up my Style Arc Ziggi during FESA, since I have the fabric (er, vinyl) and zippers all ready to go, but decided that it just doesn’t make sense since it will be too cold to wear by the time it’s done.
What Fall sewing plans do you have?
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