If you are a frequent reader here, you realize that I primarily sew my work wardrobe and that I love a dress! So I've fashioned myself a new fall/winter sewing challenge. For the next four months (excluding my Sewcation which I plan on sewing whatever moves me!) I want to pick a series of coordinating fabrics and make a jacket, a skirt, a pair of pants and a dress.
The way this will work is that I will choose a series of coordinating fabrics from the collection. I will use a new or TNT jacket pattern, a new or TNT skirt and dress pattern but I'm not remaking the wheel with my pants pattern - it will be my TNT all the way! *LOL* I will sew one garment each weekend so that I compile a finished capsule at the end of every month. The point of this exercise is to get several go-to meeting outfits and a couple of new pantsuits.
Every year as fall rolls around, I dream of pantsuits. I never end up making many because of my obsession with dresses...it's a love affair that is fully reciprocated by each new dress I make, btw. So I had to come up with a solution...a way to merge my love of dresses with my need of pantsuits. Cause even though it will be in the 90s here this week, truthfully those cold chilly days of winter are approaching.
I have to say that I was inspired by Barbara (Sewing on the Edge) and Myrna (Myrna Giesbrecht) when deciding what to plan for fall. Barbara because she's instituted a new rule ~ she has to sew two skirts before she can make another dress, because she loves dresses as much as I do. Myrna is starting her Self Imposed Sewing Club where she's taking 12 projects that she's pushed to the back of her sewing list and making one a month.
My plan is a riff on theirs. I need pantsuits but I love to sew dresses. However, I also love to wardrobe sew and I'm pretty successful when I've planned them out. I haven't picked out the first fabric and coordinates yet. I will do that after the Sewcation...but this is where I'm headed for the rest of the year. I'm pretty excited too because if this works, I will end up with at least four new pantsuits...more if I plan well and several new dresses. It's a win-win situation!
...as always, more later!